Job Market Trends and News

Canada

Following labour market events is key to helping job seekers understand where the opportunities (short, medium and long-term) might be in a local community and elsewhere in the country.

The following table offers significant events from past four weeks that may affect the supply and demand in the labour force across Canada. It can prove to be a useful resource to complement your job search and career exploration.

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[ Updated: June 2019 | Statistics Canada ]
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News Title Industry Event Type Province/ Territory
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council has awarded a $78,500 grant to the NWT SPOR SUPPORT Unit and Aurora College for the development of a Grant Proposal Workshop N/A Other Type of Event NT
The territorial government announced a new pilot project to help address the need for part-time and seasonal workers in communities across Yukon N/A Other Type of Event YT
According to the Yukon Visitor Exit Survey, more than 491,000 people visited the territory in 2017-18. An increase of 25 per cent when compared to the last survey, which was held 5 years earlier. Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event YT
The government of Yukon is replacing over 20 specific labour market programs with three new broad labour market funding programs. The new programs will offer supports and services that will prepare individuals for work that is in demand. N/A Other Type of Event YT
The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation is providing $6.7M to Iqaluit's Uquutaq Society to purchase two buildings in order to create additional transitional housing and programming. The society expects to move into the new buildings by March 2020. Construction Job Creation NU
A new building will be constructed in downtown Hay River, due in part to a joint venture between Greenway Holdings Ltd. and the Hay River Metis Government Council. The new building will provide space for approximately 30 territorial government employees. Construction Job Creation NT
Effective October 1, minimum wage in Manitoba increased to $11.65 an hour N/A Other Type of Event MB
Retail store, Forever 21, is closing all 44 of its stores across Canada, including two in Winnipeg. It is unknown how many employees will be affected by the closure. Retail Trade Layoff MB
Aurora Charter & Bus Service recently began operating in Prince Albert. The company provides transportation between La Ronge, Prince Albert and Saskatoon. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event SK
The Government of Saskatchewan has awarded CoCo Group the contract to add new passing lanes on Highway 39 between Estevan and Weyburn. The $53.3M project is expected to be complete by the summer of 2021. Construction Job Creation SK
The Saskatchewan Health Authority is planning to expand the neonatal special care nursery space at Prince Albert's Victoria Hospital. The Victoria Hospital Foundation will be funding the design and construction costs. Construction Job Creation SK
Effective October 1, Saskatchewan's minimum wage increased to $11.32 an hour N/A Other Type of Event SK
Lumsden's Outer Edge Adventure Park closed effective September 29. It is unknown how many employees are affected. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Layoff SK
The Edmonton Catholic School Board is spending an extra $2.7M to finish building Divine Mercy Catholic Elementary School. Additional work is required due to unexpected loose soil on the site and plans by the district to double up on shifts. Construction Job Creation AB
The Enoch Cree Nation has opened a new K-12 school in southeast Edmonton named Maskêkosak Kiskinomâtowikamik ¿ Cree for ¿people of Enoch's school¿. The $22.5M school was fully funded by the Government of Canada. Educational Services Job Creation AB
Keyera Corp. closed its Nevis Gas Plant east of Red Deer on September 30th due to declining gas production in the area. Keyera is working to support the 25 impacted employees at the plant including possible relocation to other Keyera facilities. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff AB
Poly Ag Recycling Ltd., a startup plastic grain bag recycling company, is hiring up to 10 people for its new facility in Bashaw. The company will be recycling plastic grain bags from Saskatchewan and Alberta when it begins operations in November. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation AB
BOLT Transit is ceasing operations in Lacombe by the end of October 2020. Low ridership and a $200,000 annual subsidy from the City of Lacombe prompted council to withdraw from the intra-municipal transit service. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event AB
Edmonton Public Schools and the Government of Alberta have started a $23.8M project to modernize the existing Highlands School in Edmonton and consolidate about 800 students from three separate buildings. The new school is expected to open by fall 2020. Construction Job Creation AB
Hardisty and area residents have formed the Hardisty and District Development Group. The group comes together monthly, aiming to attract new residents, businesses, and more tourists to the region. N/A Other Type of Event AB
The Cannabis & Hemp Innovation Centre (CHIC) has opened in Vegreville. CHIC is providing an on-site college campus for cannabis and hemp related programming and a business incubator and accelerator. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
Killam Campus of Caring has opened Phase One of the expansion of its long term care facility in Killam. The Government of Alberta and Covenant Health committed to construction of the facility in 2016. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
The Grande Prairie Catholic School District is opening a new bus maintenance facility at the Grande Prairie Airport. Fifteen staff members are set to move into the $2.9M facility by the end of the year. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation AB
Lethbridge College has opened The Pivot, a dedicated innovation and applied research space for student entrepreneurs on campus. The space is intended to be collaborative and work outside of typical classroom norms to engage students and stakeholders. Educational Services Other Type of Event AB
Lloydminster and District Co-op is building a new corner gas bar and convenience store in the north end of Lloydminster. The site is expected to have 15 employees when it opens next summer. Retail Trade Job Creation AB
Ellis-Don, the main contractor for the Canada Kuwait Petroleum Corporation's plastic manufacturing facility sited in Alberta's Industrial Heartland , is seeking local contractors for the project. Earthworks have started at the site and detailed engineering packages are in the bidding stage. Construction Job Creation AB
The Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii) and Imperial Oil have announced a two-year agreement to collaborate on the development of Imperial's in-house machine learning capabilities. Amii will provide business guidance and scientific mentorship. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation AB
Car2Go, a car sharing company, will cease operations in Calgary on October 31st, as part of a withdrawal from a number of North American cities Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event AB
The University of Lethbridge is receiving a $3M as the lead hub of BioNet Alberta, a group of institutions dedicated to genome sciences and bioinformatics research. The funding is supported by Genome Canada and Genome Alberta. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation AB
The City of Lethbridge is wrapping up work on a $10M sewer system upgrade near the city's north end as winter approaches. Landscape restoration is slated to follow depending on the weather. Construction Job Creation AB
Calgary-based cannabis grower Canalief is planning to break ground on a growing and production facility in Bassano, midway between Calgary and Medicine hat. Construction is expected to create up to 40 temporary jobs, while a full-time operational workforce is expected to number 25. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation AB
The YW Hub, a $60M facility in Calgary, has opened to provide transitional housing for women fleeing difficult circumstances, homelessness and abuse. The facility offers counselling services, employment training, parenting supports and child care. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
Fashion retailer Forever 21 is closing all its 44 Canadian stores, including the four in Alberta, as it enters bankruptcy in the US. The stores will remain open during the liquidation process. Retail Trade Layoff AB
ICE District Properties is opening two new restaurants in the ICE District in downtown Edmonton. Construction is expected to start in early 2020 on The Banquet and The CANADIAN ICEhouse. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation AB
The Prairie Rose School Division has opened the Prairie Mennonite Alternative School in Medicine Hat. The school teaches the regular Alberta Education curriculum, with some adjustments to make it Mennonite-appropriate. Educational Services Job Creation AB
The Town of Cochrane has approved an additional $0.9M for the construction of a new $4.7M RCMP detachment. The new building will house RCMP, town bylaw, victim services and Alberta Sheriff personnel. Construction Other Type of Event AB
Journey Energy is planning to use $7.3M in new funding to drill four wells before year-end and for development activity in its core areas, which will be conducted between October 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020 Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
Mountain View County is contracting with Volker Stevin Highways Ltd. to construct a replacement bridge on the Bergen Road just west of Highway 766.The estimated cost of the bridge, which will be built in 2020, is $1.9M. Construction Job Creation AB
Cascade Power is expecting regulatory approval for its $1.5B power plant near Edson by October or November this year. Cascade expects 700 workers during the construction period and 20 long-term skilled positions for operations upon completion. Construction Job Creation AB
Calgary-based Perimeter Solar is moving ahead with construction of a $200M solar farm near Claresholm after TC Energy agreed to buy just over half of its electricity output. Commercial operations are expected to start by the end of September 2020. Construction Job Creation AB
The City of Calgary has committed $22.5M for detailed design work for the Arts Commons expansion project. The $240M project was one of four major capital projects approved by the city in March. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation AB
TransAlta Corporation and SemCAMS Midstream ULC have entered into agreements to develop, construct and operate a new cogeneration facility at the Kaybob South No. 3 sour gas processing plant. The capital cost of the project is estimated at $105M. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
Calgary-based Parex Resources and its chairman are donating $3.24M to the Faculty of Science at the University of Calgary. The funding will support six Innovation Fellowships at the university and associated research programs. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event AB
Attracting enough software developers to meet the needs of the digital technology sector is a challenge in NL, as it is in many places. While training programs are expanding, companies often have to search broadly to fill positions. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event NL
Verafin, a St. John's-based company that develops crime management software for the finance industry, now employs about 500 workers and anticipates further significant growth after securing a $515M equity financing deal Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation NL
Due to a strong demand for more French education services, the Nova Scotia government will purchase Newbridge Academy, a former private school that closed in Dartmouth in 2019, and convert it into a francophone school by the fall of 2020 Educational Services Job Creation NS
U.S.-based clothing chain Forever 21 will close its store in the Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth before the end of 2020, as part of the shutdown of all its stores in Canada Retail Trade Layoff NS
Within the food service industry, Budapest Bisztro has opened at Washmill Lake Drive in Halifax, while The Five Guys restaurant is expected to open in December 2019 in Bayers Lake. Japan Deli in Burnside has closed. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NS
7 by 7 Restaurant, employing 14 workers, opened recently on Charlotte Street in Sydney Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NS
Salesforce, a US-based technology firm, opened a new office in Vancouver. The company currently employs over 175 staff at the new location. Information and Cultural Industries Job Creation BC
Alopex Couriers is building a new 10,000 sq. ft. package handling facility and office in Castlegar. The new warehouse is expected to be operational by January 2020. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation BC
Rogers Communications is opening a new customer solution centre in Kelowna. The centre will employ 350 people when it opens in summer 2020, with the number of staff expected to grow to 500 over time. Hiring for the centre will begin next spring. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation BC
Miniso opened a new store inside the Uptown Shopping Centre Walmart in Saanich on October 5 Retail Trade Job Creation BC
Northern Health is suspending new admissions at Peace Villa in Fort St. John due to staff shortages. Despite ongoing recruitment efforts, a number of positions remain vacant at the facility due to the high demand for health care staff in Northeast BC. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event BC
Catalyst Crofton laid off over 70 employees on September 25, following the temporary shutdown of the pulp and paper mill's newsprint and package grading machines. The curtailment is expected to last for at least two weeks. Manufacturing Layoff BC
Old Masset Village Council (OMVC) and the Industry Training Authority have signed an agreement to support trades education and apprenticeships for First Nations. As part of the agreement, OMVC is now able to sponsor apprentices for local projects. Construction Job Creation BC
Ximen Mining has obtained an exploration permit for its Providence claim near Greenwood. The permit allows Ximen Mining to carry out further exploratory work on the site, including rock sampling, trenching, and diamond drilling. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation BC
The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation Sea-to-Sky Community Hospice in Squamish opened on September 27 Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation BC
Jimmy's Cannabis opened a store in Rossland on October 1 Retail Trade Job Creation BC
Perkins and Will has submitted a rezoning application to the City of Vancouver to develop the area next to Broadway-Commercial Skytrain station. The proposed development includes three residential towers, retail space, and a childcare facility. Construction Other Type of Event BC
Whistler Learning Centre (WLC) has partnered with the BC Institute of Technology (BCIT) to offer six part-time business courses this fall. WLC aims to address the labour shortage in Whistler by providing employers with a way to develop and retain staff. Educational Services Other Type of Event BC
Forever 21 is closing all 45 stores across Canada. The fashion retailer has seven stores in BC, located in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Delta, Richmond, Surrey, Victoria, and West Vancouver. Retail Trade Layoff BC
A new WorkBC Employment Services Centre opened in Richmond on September 30. In addition to job placement supports, the site - called WorkBC Storeys - offers social programs and services and provides affordable housing to low-income seniors. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation BC
There will be a shortage of 120,000 workers in New Brunswick before the end of the next decade. The Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour is using the FutureReadyNB program to keep graduates in the province, follow them throughout their studies, and connect them with employers. Educational Services Other Type of Event NB
The labour dispute between the City of Bathurst and its unionized employees is over after almost two years of negotiations. Salary was the last outstanding issue, and the offer of 1.6% over five years was accepted by the employees. Public Administration Other Type of Event NB
The New Brunswick Council of Nursing Home Unions shared details of the NB government's final offer to its nursing home staff. Wages increases of one, 1.25, 1.5, and 1.75% each year over four years is being offered, if workers give up two sick days a year. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NB
Oyster producers in Tracadie Bay have seen a big drop in the volume of oysters this year. A study is being done by Fisheries and Oceans Canada to determine the cause of the decline. A long winter and poor water conditions may have impacted production. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event NB
Sunleaf Microcultivation has been approved to be a licensed cannabis producer in the St. Stephen area. Sunleaf is the second cannabis producer in the area, with Tidal Health Solutions already employing about 30 people in cannabis production. Manufacturing Other Type of Event NB
It is expected that in the spring, Medavie HealthEd will be offering an English-language paramedic training in the Campbellton-Dalhousie area. The duration of the program would be about 11 months and would cost around $16,500, including tuition and books. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NB
Sandra Miller Flower Designs has moved to a larger store location at 47 Clark Rd in Rothesay, N.B. and has added two new staff Retail Trade Job Creation NB
Saint John-based ARC Nuclear Canada has completed the first step toward the construction of a reactor manufacturing plant in New Brunswick. If successful, work could begin as early as 2021 and could potentially create 6,000 new manufacturing jobs. Utilities Other Type of Event NB
Cape Bald Packers are building a new 50,000 sq. ft. seafood processing plant in Cap-Pelé, in the same spot where the previous one stood. It is expected to be ready by May 2020 and will employ 300 staff. The plant in Richibucto-Village will not be rebuilt. Manufacturing Other Type of Event NB
Unionized residential care workers at four Independence Plus-operated group homes in Saint John have voted in favour of a strike. The previous contract expired in March 2018 and workers want higher wages than the standard $15.05 an hour full-time workers earn. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NB
Statistics Canada estimates that New Brunswick's population grew to 776,827 as of July 1, 2019, mainly due to international migration. The addition of 5,906 people in one year, represents a 0.8% increase, which is lower than the national increase of 1.4%. Public Administration Other Type of Event NB
Entrevestor released the Atlantic Canadian Startup Data Report 2018, which shows that startups attracted a record $166.6M in private capital and added about 1,000 employees in 2018. In New Brunswick, startups raised $84.7M and employed 1, 479 people. Information and Cultural Industries Other Type of Event NB
P.E.I.'s army reserves held an open house in Charlottetown's Victoria Park. The reserves are looking for part-time people in positions such as vehicle technicians, weapons technicians and musicians for the regiment's band. Public Administration Job Creation PE
P.E.I.'s energy minister announced an expansion at the Eastern Kings Wind Farm, which will add seven larger turbines, doubling the facilities wind energy output. The new wind turbines are projected to generate $2.5M in revenue in its first year. Utilities Other Type of Event PE
Numbers released by Statistics Canada show that P.E.I. led Canada in population growth at 2.2%, with the Island's population at 156,947 as of July 1. The median age on P.E.I. in 2019 was 43.2, the lowest in Atlantic Canada, but above the national average. Public Administration Other Type of Event PE
The Charlottetown Airport Authority issued its 2018 Economic Impact Study, which shows that the airport added $62M to the Island's GDP. The airport employed 788 people and generated $41.7M in wages and salaries. In 2018 the airport saw 370,730 passengers. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event PE
Elanco, an international biotech pharmaceutical company, announced that it is cutting 250 jobs among its global operations. Victoria's Elanco research and development operation is expected to be impacted by the cuts. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Layoff PE
Geotab Inc., a provider of GPS fleet management software and vehicle tracking, opened a 90,000-sq.-ft. facility in Oakville and increased its workforce by about 700 in the past year Information and Cultural Industries Job Creation ON
Hydro One will invest $150M in building a new technology hub in Orillia that is expected to open in 2021 Construction Job Creation ON
CBS Stages Canada, a 260,000-sq.-ft. film and television production facility officially opened in Mississauga Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation ON
Construction began on the six-storey Monaco Condominium project in Collingwood that will include 28,000-sq.-ft. of commercial space Construction Job Creation ON
Devron Developments broke ground on The Winslow condominium project in Toronto Construction Job Creation ON
The Original Cakerie plant in London is expanding its operations and expects to hire about 100 additional workers over the next year Construction Job Creation ON
HRdownloads, a technology firm in London, created 50 new jobs Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation ON
Nova-Link Ltd., an office furniture manufacturer and wholesaler, will open a location in Guelph's Hanlon Creek Business Park Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Three retail stores and a restaurant, Lindt & Sprüngli (Canada) Inc., Bouclair Inc., Willow Lane Interiors, and The Rec Room will open this fall at Park Place in Barrie Other Services (except Public Administration) Job Creation ON
West Wawanosh Mutual Insurance Company started construction on their new headquarters in Goderich, and are aiming to open the office by June 2020. R. Ritz Architect will design the new facility and Larry Otten Contracting Inc. will construct it. Construction Job Creation ON
Construction began on the new Seniors Health and Wellness Village at Peel Manor in Brampton and is scheduled to be completed in 2021 Construction Job Creation ON
Reach Out Centre for Kids started construction on a $9M expansion project in Burlington Construction Job Creation ON
Construction began on The Wismer House brewery and retail outlet in Port Elgin Construction Job Creation ON
The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board hired an additional 26 full-time teachers in September Educational Services Job Creation ON
Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd. opened a 100,000-sq.-ft. parts distribution centre in Mississauga Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation ON
Plum, a Waterloo-based technology startup, raised $5.57M and plans to double its current workforce of 21 employees Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation ON
GoodLeaf Farms opened a 45,000-sq.-ft. vertical food growing facility in Guelph's Hanlon Business Park Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation ON
Happy Goat Coffee Company will open locations at four LRT stations in Ottawa Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
Brescia University College in London opened its new $14M food and nutrition lab Educational Services Job Creation ON
Manulift, a Quebec-based industrial manufacturer of telescopic equipment, opened its $10M operations centre in Stoney Creek, and plans to add up to 18 employees Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Fresh Burger, a restaurant chain, is opening two locations in Mississauga Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
Columbia Sportswear opened a retail outlet location in Cookstown at the Tanger Outlets Retail Trade Job Creation ON
The Windsor Public Library opened a new 7,400-sq.-ft. branch Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation ON
Machi Machi, a speciality tea store, opened its first Canadian location in Toronto Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
Wineology bar and restaurant will open in Kitchener this fall Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
The Alley Canada, a tea and beverage retailer, opened a location in London Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
A new cosmetic clinic, A Wrinkle in Time, opened in Orangeville Other Services (except Public Administration) Job Creation ON
Hublot, a Swiss luxury watchmaker, will open a store in Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Centre later this year Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Study Partners tutoring service opened in Cobourg Educational Services Job Creation ON
Humber College will close its Orangeville Campus at the end of June 2021. The college will offer new roles to full-time staff and work to identify employment opportunities for part-time and contract employees at other campuses. Educational Services Other Type of Event ON
The County of Wellington launched RIDE WELL, a pilot project ridesharing model, as their rural transit service Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation ON
Forever 21 will close all 44 of its retail stores in Canada, affecting about 1,600 full-time and 350 part-time workers. Over half of those effected work in the 22 Ontario locations. Retail Trade Layoff ON
Kik Interactive Inc. will shut down its messaging app affecting about 130 employees in Kitchener, some of whom may be able to transfer to another tech firm Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Layoff ON
The Municipality of Chesterville invested $945,000 to rehouse the municipal garage and fire department under one roof. The federal government made a financial contribution to the project. Public Administration Investment QC
The Merry House, the oldest house in Magog where visitors can learn about the history of the city and region, has been renovated thanks to an investment of nearly $3M Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Construction QC
World Gym, a fitness centre, is looking for about 40 people to work at its Sherbrooke location Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation QC
Graphic Packaging International, a manufacturer of paper-based packaging, is looking for several people to fill positions at its East Angus plant, such as mechanic, electrician, operator and office staff Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Bridor, a producer of bakery products, will invest $80M in its plants in Boucherville to automate its production lines. The Government of Quebec is lending $34M of this amount. Within a few years, 150 new positions will be available. Manufacturing Investment QC
The City of Saint-Basile-le-Grand inaugurated its pumping station and retention basins in Pont-de-Pruche park following an investment of $4.85M Utilities Investment QC
Fleury Michon, a producer of ready-to-eat meals, is investing $35.5M in its Rigaud plant to increase production. The provincial government is financing part of the project. The company plans to hire 25 people. Manufacturing Investment QC

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