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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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News Title Industry Event Type Province/ Territory
MEG Energy plans to spend $250M in capital in 2020 which includes a significant planned shutdown for maintenance in September 2020. MEG is spending another $20M to complete its Phase 2B brownfield project and $20M for other field infrastructure and regulatory and capital costs. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
High Tide has opened a cannabis retail store in Airdrie, its 22nd location under the Canna Cabana brand in Alberta. Retail Trade Job Creation AB
Construction is now complete and power is flowing from the Whitla Wind farm. About 70 employees remain at the site to complete commissioning of the facility and for site clean-up. The facility is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2019. Utilities Job Creation AB
Federated Co-operatives Limited is closing its Calgary Food Distribution Centre, effective April 2020 which will result in the elimination of just over 200 jobs in Calgary. Transportation and Warehousing Layoff AB
The Town of Redwater has $3.67M in capital projects planned for 2020. The largest project is the $2.6M in upgrades to Pembina Place to update the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) unit, ice plant, chiller, arena floor and more. Construction Job Creation AB
The Government of Alberta is investing $7M to renovate and expand Sunshine and Hillview lodges, two continuing care facilities in Drumheller. The project will add 26 new continuing care living spaces with varying levels of care. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
Long & McQuade Musical Instruments has opened a new store in Edmonton and have absorbed all staff from the Axe Music store which closed up operations last week. Long & McQuade purchased Axe Music in 2018. Retail Trade Job Creation AB
Calgary-based ARW Truck Equipment is expanding its service area to include all of Saskatchewan and parts of BC. The northeast section of BC around Fort St. John will be serviced through the established ARW Truck facility in Grande Prairie. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event AB
Aurora Cannabis is slowing down the development of its 1.6M square foot growing facility in Medicine Hat. Aurora has also increased the final job numbers at the site from 450 to 800 positions. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation AB
Lantic Sugar in Taber is ending the sugar beet slicing operation this year in December, about two months ahead of schedule following an early end to the beet harvest. The facility employs about 90 full-time workers and up to 40 seasonal workers. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event AB
Parkland County has cut 30 administrative staff, almost 10 per cent of the County employees, due to reduced revenues tied to the provincial transition away from coal. Prior to the transition, up to 25 per cent of County revenue, or $13M, had come from coal-fired power plants. Public Administration Layoff AB
Fire & Flower is opening three additional cannabis retail locations in Edmonton. All three are expected to be open and selling cannabis products during the week of December 16th. Retail Trade Job Creation AB
Mount Royal University in Calgary has cut ten positions and will not fill up to 15 more vacant positions following the merger of two departments in a budget-related restructuring by the school. Educational Services Layoff AB
Canadian Utilities Limited in partnership with Petrogas Energy Corp. has secured long-term contracts for the immediate construction and operation of a fifth salt cavern storage facility at the ATCO Heartland Energy Centre near Fort Saskatchewan. Utilities Job Creation AB
Pipestone Energy is drilling six wells in the fourth quarter of 2019 and fracturing six other wells starting in early December. The latter wells are expected to be equipped and tied in during Q1 2020 and be on stream in Q2. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
Aurora Cannabis is opening a flagship store at West Edmonton Mall, the largest cannabis retail space in the country. The store will be managed by Calgary-based cannabis retailer High Tide Inc. for an initial term of three years. Retail Trade Job Creation AB
The Government of Alberta is immediately doubling the number of Crown articling students in the province. This move is in addition to fulfilling the budget commitment to hiring an additional 50 new Crown prosecutors. Public Administration Job Creation AB
Inter Pipeline Ltd. and The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) have formed a new partnership to research opportunities to reuse and recycle plastic in Canada. The ten-year agreement will be funded by a $10M commitment from Inter Pipeline. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation AB
Choom opened a cannabis retail location in Camrose on November 29th Retail Trade Job Creation AB
Yellowknife-based, Dene Wellness Warriors, plans to recruit 25 Indigenous counsellors through a new training program held in collaboration with the Rhodes Wellness College in Vancouver. The program is set to begin in September 2020. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation NT
The Northwest Territories Office of the Ombud in Hay River is set to become operational in early December. The office is expected to employ three people. Public Administration Job Creation NT
A $26M year-round arena and recreation centre opened on November 23, 2019 in Rankin Inlet Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event NU
The Government of Nunavut is planning to build new fire halls in Arviat and Whale Cove. Meanwhile, construction is progressing on new fire halls in Arctic Bay and Kugaaruk; both are expected to be completed by summer 2021. Construction Job Creation NU
Building activity in Iqaluit is up this year compared to 2018. Six new major developments are under construction including two hotels, three residential buildings, and a church. Construction Job Creation NU
The Mayo Airport is ready for scheduled service following certification from Transport Canada on November 1, 2019 Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation YT
According to the Government of Yukon, the territory saw a decrease in mineral exploration projects of almost 50% this year compared to last year Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event YT
Construction has started on The Dorian Hotel, a luxury development by PBA Land and Development in Calgary. The project will, at peak, employ 120 EllisDon crew and create more than 150 new jobs when it opens in the spring of 2022. Construction Job Creation AB
WestJet has signed a three-year $100,000 deal with the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) to collaborate on marketing materials to promote Indigenous tourism. ITAC is focusing its efforts on international tourists. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event AB
Cascade Power has selected Black and Veatch and PCL, both of Edmonton, as the main contractors for its $1.5B combined cycle power generation facility near Edson . The project is expected to have about 500 workers at the peak of construction. Construction Job Creation AB
The University of Calgary is cutting 250 jobs following provincial funding reductions. The university estimates 100 jobs will be cut through closing vacancies, retirements and resignations, with the remaining 150 as layoffs. Educational Services Layoff AB
Red Deer College (RDC) will be offering its first set of courses in Sundre in 2020 following a partnership between the Town of Sundre and Campus Alberta Central (CAC). RDC is initially offering Microsoft essentials, and management skills for supervisors. Educational Services Job Creation AB
Alberta Innovates estimates that up to 125 people will lose their jobs at the the agency as a result of provincial budget reductions. Non-union staff are being notified immediatley, while unionized employees will receive notices in early December. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Layoff AB
Torstar Corp. is shuttering its StarMetro newspapers across the country. The final edition in Calgary and Edmonton, among other cities, will be on December 20th. At the same time the company is opening new Star bureaus in both cities. Information and Cultural Industries Layoff AB
Lowe's Companies Inc. is closing five RONA stores in January 2020 and one Lowe's store in February 2020 in Alberta. The closures are part of a nation-wide plan to shutter 34 underperforming locations. Retail Trade Layoff AB
The Calgary Board of Education is cutting 300 teachers on temporary contracts as of January 2, 2020. The Board is facing a $32M shortfall due to the provincial budget. Educational Services Layoff AB
The City of Calgary has approved a pilot project to privatize 25 percent of its residential garbage collection, and to privatize operations at all city golf courses. Ten to 15 jobs could be reduced at the city through the garbage pilot project. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Other Type of Event AB
The City of Grande Prairie is eliminating over 40 positions, one day after city council approved its 2020 budget, which cuts $5.56M. The reduction consists mainly of middle and upper management positions. Sixteen staff have been laid off, while 25 positions will remain vacant. Public Administration Layoff AB
The City of Red Deer has approved $10M for a new railway overpass and almost $12M for road maintenance projects in its recent budget. Another $5.6M is going towards window upgrades at Red Deer City Hall. Construction Job Creation AB
Plans are underway to build new schools in Poplar River, Bloodvein and Little Grand Rapids First Nations. Construction is set to begin in May 2020 and the schools are expected to open in August 2021. Construction Job Creation MB
The Town of Bonavista indicates 2019 was a successful year for the Ocean Choice International fish plant in the town, with more than 300 workers employed. The plant processes a variety of species, and finding labour does not seem to be a problem. Manufacturing Other Type of Event NL
The Government of Manitoba is looking to fill 35 full-time equivalent rural paramedic positions and plans to have all these positions filled by mid-January 2020 Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation MB
Metricsflow, a startup company operating out of Memorial University, hopes to increase its staff from four to 20 employees over the coming months. The company has created online analytics to help businesses track internet usage by potential customers. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation NL
The Nova Scotia government will invest $85M to build or renovate 12 schools in 11 communities over the next five years. The plan will include a new high school in Bedford, and renovations to create skilled trade centres in existing facilities. Construction Other Type of Event NS
The Government of Manitoba is providing $4.2M in two phases to improve mental health care for youth. The funding will allow the Province to hire more nurses, occupational therapists and social workers, as well as develop a clinic for patient follow-up. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation MB
Garrison Brewing will create six full-time jobs with the opening of a new taproom in the former Oxford Theatre building on Quinpool Road in November 2019. The company now employs about 30 people in its operations. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NS
The Government of Manitoba is spending more than $2.1M over the next three years to establish the StreetReach program in Thompson. The funding will also go towards enhancing the Thompson community mobilization hub. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event MB
A new Pharmasave pharmacy recently opened in Souris Retail Trade Other Type of Event MB
Family Services Halifax Association, a non-profit organization that provided counselling to people on a variety of issues, has closed due to funding problems. The organization included 9.5 staff positions. Health Care and Social Assistance Layoff NS
Vale is in its final stages of approving $1B of new investment in its Thompson operations over the next five years. If approved, the project could bring the region around $8B in economic benefit over the next 25 years. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation MB
Home accessory store chain Bouclair will close its two remaining Halifax area stores, in Dartmouth Crossing and Bayers Lake, within the coming weeks Retail Trade Layoff NS
In the Halifax area, American pizza chain Papa John's recently opened a location at Mill Cove in Bedford, while Kim Feng, a Chinese restaurant, has opened on Pleasant Street in Dartmouth Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NS
Osprey's Nest Public House, a pub and restaurant seating 65 to 75 people, is expected to open near the end of 2019 near the Rissers Beach Campground in Petite Rivière Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NS
Lowe's Canada will shut down three Rona home improvement stores in Cole Harbour, Dartmouth, and Bedford in February 2020 as part of a national closure of 34 underperforming locations. The closures will affect the jobs of 122 employees locally. Retail Trade Layoff NS
The Toronto Star will shut down all five of its StarMetro commuter newspapers in Canada in December 2019, including one in Halifax. The closures will affect 73 editorial, advertising and distribution jobs across the country. Information and Cultural Industries Layoff NS
Jollibee, a popular Filipino restaurant, is set to open in Regina's East end next year Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation SK
A new electronic store, Kamtronic Sales Ltd., recently opened in Kamsack. The store carries products from The Source and also offers phone, tablet, and laptop repair services. Retail Trade Job Creation SK
Crescent Point Energy Corp. sold its Saskatchewan gas infrastructure assets to Steel Reef Infrastructure Corp. for $500M. It is unknown if any jobs will be affected by the acquisition. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event SK
A new vegan restaurant, Gud Eats, is currently under construction in Regina. The opening date of the restaurant is unknown at this time. Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event SK
Costco Liquor Store recently opened in Regina Retail Trade Other Type of Event SK
The District of Kitimat budgeted $80k for new campsites in Radley Park, additional funding is required to create 55 new campsites Construction Job Creation BC
Construction of the new Fort St. John Co-Op Service Station could begin in late April or early May 2020, contingent on a building permit from the City Council. Construction is expected to last 8 to 10 months. Construction Job Creation BC
Fort St. John's new reclaimed water truck fill station is expected to be complete and operational by the end of November. The $7M project is supported by $5M in federal gas tax funding. Construction Job Creation BC
Peace River Hydro Partners donated $35,000 to Northern Lights College to establish a scholarship for women pursuing a career in construction and the trades N/A Other Type of Event BC
Fort Smith-based airline, Northwestern Air Lease, is launching a two-year aviation management diploma program to train new commercial pilots starting in January 2020 Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation NT
The City of Fort St. John issued 12 building permits in October, worth an estimated $3.3M in construction. Half the permits issued were for commercial projects, with a total value of $2.2M. Construction Job Creation BC
The health authority in Hay River has signed an agreement with the NWT Health and Social Services Authority to collaborate in physician recruitment. Currently, only one of the authority's five spots for physicians is filled. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation NT
Air North recently announced a new non-stop route between Vancouver and Yellowknife, operating between January 17, 2020 and March 2, 2020 Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation NT
The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (RDBN) is providing 2 study projects $50,000 each towards increasing the availability of local food items. The RDBN hopes to hire contractors to start the studies by January, and complete them by December 2020. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation BC
Aurora Logistics announced that the first section of its new AWP Industrial Park - located near Enterprise - will be open for fuel transloading operations in the first quarter of 2020 Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation NT
Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. has laid off 586 contracted employees working at its Mary River mine Construction Layoff NU
The territorial government has approved the Nunavut Housing Corporation's $43M capital budget for the upcoming fiscal year to build additional housing units in the territory Construction Other Type of Event NU
New Brunswick's local governments and local service districts will receive more than $75.5M in funding and equalization grants from the provincial government in 2020, about $416,000 more than last year. Public Administration Other Type of Event NB
The District of Houston approved a final design for its 9th Street beautification project, including replacements to its underground infrastructure. The above ground work will be funded with $1.059M from a provincial government grant. Construction Job Creation BC
The Government of Canada is providing $100,000 to Voices for Good Air for its ¿Forest Waste to Biochar' initiative. Part of the initiative is to provide training and employment skills for local unemployed and underemployed people, particularly Wet'suwet'en youth. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation BC
The N.B. government will privatize the sale of recreational cannabis in the province and has issued a request for proposals to find a private operator for the 20 Cannabis NB stores by next spring. The operator would not have to hire any of the 250 staff. Retail Trade Other Type of Event NB
The Qulliq Energy Corporation recently applied for a major project permit to build a $32M power plant in Arctic Bay, which would help to reduce the territory's reliance on diesel fuel. If approved, construction would begin in 2020. Construction Job Creation NU
Foghorn Brewing is expanding its operation with a new brewing facility in Quispamsis, which will triple their capacity and open up its Rothesay taproom for more customers Manufacturing Job Creation NB
The Government of Nunavut has approved the construction of a 24-bed long-term elder care facility in Rankin Inlet. Construction work is anticipated to begin in the summer of 2020. Construction Job Creation NU
The Forest Enhancement Society of BC, in partnership with the Government of Canada and the Province of BC, is distributing over $27M in grants for 38 projects. The grants will go toward employing forestry contractors and mill workers by increasing the use of wood fibre. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation BC
The City of Whitehorse recently approved the construction of a three-storey apartment complex. Construction is anticipated to begin next year. Construction Job Creation YT
A new axe-throwing establishment is set to open later this month at 125 Prince William Street in Saint John. Woodchucks Axe Throwing will have a bar and lounge area, and also plans to host live music. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation NB
The Government of Yukon has released a near-final design of upgrades to a section of the Alaska Highway near the Whitehorse airport. The project will cost about $12M. Construction Job Creation YT
The Government of Yukon has awarded a contract to Stantec to build a community Health and Wellness Centre and a 10-unit housing complex in Old Crow Construction Job Creation YT
A new axe-throwing establishment is set to open later this month at 125 Prince William Street in Saint John. Woodchucks Axe Throwing will have a bar and lounge area, and also plans to host live music. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation NB
The Province of BC is providing $12.4M to support 7 new trades training programs. The programs will help women and other under-represented groups access training and support for apprenticeships and employment in the skilled trades. N/A Job Creation BC
Fredericton's Bouclair outlet is one of 29 stores slated to be closed as the company seeks creditor protection. Halifax and Dartmouth are also among the stores slated for closure, but the Moncton location isn't listed. Retail Trade Job Creation NB
The Province of BC is moving forward with engineering work on a potential replacement for the Taylor Bridge. Geotechnical, hydrotechnical, and environmental investigations will be conducted to prepare options for consideration. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation BC
The New Brunswick government has announced a 10-year expansion of a program to upgrade licensed practical nurses into registered nurses. The bridging programs will begin in January 2020 at the University of New Brunswick and the Université de Moncton. Educational Services Other Type of Event NB
Northern Development is accepting funding applications for a variety of programs under its Winter 2020 Quarterly Intake until February 7, 2020 N/A Other Type of Event BC
The Peace River Regional District is accepting grant applications for Regional Grant-in-Aid until December 31, 2019 N/A Other Type of Event BC
The first of two dormitory sections at the LNG Canada camp in Kitimat is now being assembled. The section is scheduled to be completed in spring 2020. Construction Job Creation BC
Coastal GasLink's Sukunka Lodge, a camp near Chetwynd BC, is now open and will house up to 700 workers during construction of the Coastal GasLink Pipeline. West Moberly First Nations and Black Diamond Group are partnered to deliver services at the lodge. N/A Job Creation BC
BC Hydro's Passive House Apartments in Fort St. John are now complete. The building contains fifty new affordable rental units, forty of which will be available to rent by BC Hydro employees during the construction period of the Site C project. Construction Job Creation BC
Splash Thai Cuisine is opening a second location in Rothesay, with an expected opening in February 2020. The new location will be next to the Rothesay Superstore and will only offer take-out. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NB
Clarity Cannabis opened a new store in Prince Rupert, becoming the first legal cannabis store in the city Retail Trade Job Creation BC
Rogers Communications is spending $16.5M to enhance its wireless network in Kelowna, West Kelowna, and Westbank First Nation. The investment includes the construction of new towers and upgrades to existing cell sites, to be completed by early 2020. Information and Cultural Industries Job Creation BC
The Province of BC announced a new sharing agreement for the Quesnel Timber Supply Area. As part of the agreement, communities and Indigenous Nations in the area will have a greater voice in local forest sector management. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation BC
Construction is underway on Emmaus Place, an affordable rental housing development for seniors in Langley. The 82-unit complex is expected to be complete in spring 2021. Construction Job Creation BC
Colony Restaurant Group, Goodlife Fitness, and Bann Lao will be among the new tenants at the Imperial Landing waterfront development in Richmond's Steveston Village. Onni, the developer, also plans to open a hotel at Imperial Landing next summer. N/A Job Creation BC
Indigenous Tourism BC and the BC government have partnered to grow Indigenous tourism across the province. The Indigenous Tourism Accord, signed by both parties on November 14, outlines a commitment to increase the competitiveness of Indigenous businesses. N/A Job Creation BC
Tolko Industries Ltd. announced its BC Operations would take two weeks of downtime from December 21 to January 6 due to weak market conditions. Staffing levels at all BC operations will be reduced to essential services during this period. Manufacturing Layoff BC
Community Futures Central Kootenay has launched the Cannabis Business Transition Initiative. The program helps new and existing cannabis businesses overcome the barriers to operating in the legal economy. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation BC
The Province of BC is partnering with Centre for Seniors Information Kamloops and Stoni Flats Developments to build 112 affordable rental homes in downtown Kamloops Construction Job Creation BC
Arrow Lakes School District is adding 46 new child care spaces to Lucerne Elementary School in New Denver, through the creation of the Goat Mountain Kids Child Care Centre. The spaces are set to open in September 2020. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation BC
The Vancouver Park Board (VPB) has approved a $350M strategy to upgrade the city's pools and beaches. The approval allows VPB to begin the planning process for priority projects, including the replacement of the Vancouver Aquatic Centre at Sunset Beach. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation BC
Evergreen Acres Senior Housing Society (EASHS) is building 20 affordable rental homes for seniors in Clearwater. The development is a partnership between EASHS, the Province of BC, the Wells Gray Community Forest Society, and the District of Clearwater. Construction Job Creation BC
Support staff workers in the Saanich School District voted November 17 to ratify a new contract agreement, ending a strike that lasted for three weeks Educational Services Other Type of Event BC
Greenery Cannabis Boutique and Green Gaia Cannabis Co. opened two new retail stores in Penticton on November 15 Retail Trade Job Creation BC
Two restaurants are shutting down in Charlottetown, Mavor's at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, and the vegan restaurant My Plum, My Duck. Fitzroy Street in Charlottetown will soon be home to a new restaurant and inn called Slaymaker and Nichols. Accommodation and Food Services Layoff PE
Construction of the new District Wine Village in Oliver is set to begin in spring 2020. The venue will allow 16 small-batch wine, beer, cider, and spirit producers to have their own production facility and tasting room. Construction Job Creation BC
P.E.I. cannabis producer FIGR received federal approval to expand its facility at 7 Innovation Way in Charlottetown, which will allow it to increase its production by 20 times. The company currently has 80 staff and expects to have over 200 by mid 2020. Manufacturing Job Creation PE
Around 3,200 Canadian National Railway Co. employees across Canada began strike action on November 19, with conductors, trainpersons, and yard workers walking picket lines. It is unclear how many employees in BC are on strike. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event BC
Flexport, a US-based company that runs a digital freight forwarding platform, opened its first Canadian office in Vancouver Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation BC
The P.E.I. Nurses Union says that the island nursing shortage has been escalating in recent months, and there are now about 150 to 160 vacancies. The union president would like to see more done to recruit and retain nurses and graduates on P.E.I. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event PE
The Toronto Star is shutting down its StarMetro commuter newspapers across Canada, cutting 73 jobs. The agency plans to open new Star bureaus in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, and Halifax, with the Vancouver location to be staffed by 5 reporters. Information and Cultural Industries Layoff BC
The Stratford trampoline park, Off the Wallz, had their grand opening this month. The park has hired 15 staff to work at the facility, which is open seven days a week. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation PE
Lowe's Companies Inc. is closing 34 underperforming stores across Canada, including 26 RONA locations. In BC, the Lowe's store in Prince George, along with two RONA locations in Surrey and Osoyoos, are scheduled to close in January and February of 2020. Retail Trade Layoff BC
Le Johannesbourg, a real estate complex with rental units, will be built in Saint-Constant for a total of more than $15M from Groupe Allancia and Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ. Occupancy is scheduled for July 2020. Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Construction QC
The Canadian National Railway Company (CN), whose head office is located in Montreal, announced the restructuring of its activities. About 1,600 people, including unionized workers and managers, will be laid off in Canada and the United States. Transportation and Warehousing Layoff QC
CrD Placage, also known as Chrome Drummond, invested more than $2M to relocate to a larger zinc plating plant in Drummondville. The provincial government is making a financial contribution to the project. Manufacturing Construction QC

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