Work during COVID-19
Your number one job right now is to make sure you and your family are safe. However, if you are available to work, there are many ways to contribute to Canada's response to COVID-19.
Consider a job in the agri-food sector
Workers across the food supply chain are ramping up their efforts to provide fresh, healthy foods to all Canadians. Now is the time to consider supporting our farmers, food manufacturers, distributors and retailers. There are many job opportunities available.
Consider a job in essential services
The labour market is not closed – it's adjusting to the realities of COVID-19. Employers are still looking for workers, with many in key sectors that are continuing to provide services to Canadians.
Consider working from home
While the economy is recovering as shops and businesses open back up, telework remains a favourable option. Employers are encouraged to support flexible workplace policies that foster social distancing and remote work.
Consider working in a different field
The labour market is shifting temporarily. You can too. Whether from home or in Canada's top priority sectors, you can put your skills to use so that essential services continue to be delivered to people living in your community and across the country.
If you are able to help others in your community, consider volunteering with a local organization. It can be a great way to connect with others, be part of something bigger, and keep up your skills.
This summer, eligible students and recent graduates who volunteer with a charity or not-for-profit organization can receive the new Canada Student Service Grant. Learn more.
Job search tools
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Not all employers post their jobs on Job Bank. This section provides links directly to employers that are currently hiring.
- Umano Medical
- CBI Health Group
- Virox Technologies Inc.
- Markham Stouffville Hospital Corporation
- Nova Scotia Health Authority
- Sanofi Canada
- London Health Sciences Centre
- Saskatchewan Health Authority
- CIUSSS de la Maurice-et-du-Centre-du-Québec (in French only)
Labour market news
These are recent news stories about job creation and economic revival in different parts of the country.
All of Quebec
The Government of Quebec is providing a one-time grant of $6 M to the province's cultural community to support the recovery for activities at venues that present musical or multi-purpose performances. Learn more (French only)
Sefar BDH, a manufacturer of custom filtration products, is investing $2 M to expand and modernize its facilities in Saguenay. This project will help consolidate jobs for some forty workers. Learn more (French only)
Quebec Wild Blueberries, located in Lac-Saint-Jean, confirms that it has about 15 positions to fill in its three freezing plants. Learn more (French only)
BusPatrol, a school bus safety systems provider, opened an office in Montreal. The employer plans to hire 150 people over the next two years. Learn more
The Costco store, located in Sherbrooke, will open at the end of August 2020. The $45 M project, including the banner's service station, will create 340 jobs. Learn more (French only)
The restaurant Joe Smoked Meat, located in Baie-Saint-Paul, is currently recruiting. Learn more (French only)
Broccolini broke ground on the River & Fifth condominium project in Toronto. Learn more
Rapid Novor Inc. secured $5M from a U.S.-based investment firm to support its research into antibody proteins. The Kitchener company plans to hire 30 scientists by the end of 2021. Learn more
Clean Works Corp. in Lincoln plans to hire 19 workers in January 2021 after receiving $2M in provincial funding to increase production of sanitizing devices. Learn more
Prince Edward County reopened additional municipal buildings. Learn more (French only)
The governments of Ontario and Canada will invest about $625K in five affordable housing units in Kingston. Construction on the new mixed-income building is expected to be completed by fall 2021. Learn more (French only)
Newfoundland and Labrador
The Brick will open its new furniture store near the Avalon Mall in St. John's at some point later in 2020. New Brick stores in Saint John, Fredericton, and Charlottetown have also opened in recent months.
The Aboriginal Family Centre in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, which offers key services and programs to Indigenous families and residents of the area, will be demolished and replaced through a jointly-funded construction initiative. Learn more
New Ross-based Bulwark Cider House had opened a retail outlet on Dresden Row in Halifax, and will open an on-site taproom later in August 2020.
Invest Nova Scotia will be providing $2M in funding to three businesses with unique mandates. The Black Business Initiative, The Cape Breton Food Hub, and the Atlantic Canadian Aerospace and Defence Association will all receive a portion of the funding. Learn more (French only)
Prince Edward Island
Sports facilities in Summerside will get nearly $7M in upgrades, in preparation for the 2023 Canada Winter Games. A new domed multi-purpose facility will be built, which will allow athletes to train year round and allow the city to host major events. Learn more
The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation has reported that Charlottetown saw a surge of residential construction projects in Q2 of 2020. There were 240 projects started during the quarter, with 210 of them being apartment buildings. Learn more (French only)
Western Canada and Territories
The Government of Alberta is contributing $2M to the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada to research ways to improve methane emission management and control. Learn more
The Government of Alberta announced $2.6M in grant funding for the St. Mary River Irrigation District to manage and deliver water for irrigation in southern Alberta. Learn more (French only)
The Government of Yukon has announced a program that will match post-secondary students with Yukon businesses, not-for-profit organizations and municipalities to study the effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on operations. Learn more
Chronic Tacos, a California-inspired Mexican grill, opened in Portage la Prairie on August 2. It is the restaurant's 6th location in Canada. Learn more
The Federal Government will be providing $600,000 to the Forks Renewal Corporation and the Churchill Chamber of Commerce. The funding will help maintain jobs as the businesses slowly reopen. Learn more (French only)
Metro Vancouver is investing more than $1B over the next seven years to build new infrastructure that will increase its ability to access, treat, and distribute the water from Coquitlam Lake, the region's largest reservoir. Learn more (French only)
All levels of Government are working to provide the resources, information and supports needed to get us through this difficult time. Find official federal, provincial, territorial and municipal COVID-19 resource pages.
If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support.
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