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.
Mr Puffs, a pastry shop specializing in fried doughnuts, will open a branch in Beauport in September. Learn more (French only)
La Petite Bretonne, an industrial bakery located in Blainville, is receiving $2.6 M from the Government of Canada for the addition of digital production and packaging equipment and for the acquisition of software and decision support systems. Learn more (French only)
The Government of Quebec has granted $5.4 M to the Théâtre de la Dame de Cœur, located in Upton. This funding will be used, among other things, to renovate the building and renew some of the equipment. Learn more (French only)
Résidence des Bâtisseurs located in Matane, a residential facility for seniors, will create between eight and ten positions for nursing aides and nursing assistants to open a new care wing for seniors with loss of autonomy. Learn more (French only)
Focus informatique, a Roberval-based company specializing in IT services for businesses, plans to hire technicians as it grows. Learn more (French only)
Many bars and restaurants in Abitibi report a labour shortage in the region, particularly in the kitchens. Learn more (French only)
Lupton Street Music Studio, a performing arts school, is opening in downtown Simcoe with 15 instructors. Learn more
The Government of Ontario is investing $1.3M in two projects to train up to 236 job seekers in Hamilton's automotive and manufacting sectors. Learn more
Sam's Grill opened its newest restaurant location in Waterloo. Learn more
Fried chicken restaurant Lucky's Chicken N' Waffles officially opened in Etobicoke. Learn more
Burger King is opening a new location in Pinewood Park in North Bay and has started hiring staff. Learn more
Dramis Communications Solutions Ltd. has partnered with Adaptive Networks to sell internet connection technology to businesses in the Region. The hope is that these products will help businesses as they rely more on digital technology due to COVID-19. Learn more
Newfoundland and Labrador
Avalon Laboratories, a private lab that typically does testing for oil, gas, mining and fishing companies, has doubled its workforce by adjusting along with the pandemic. The company now makes hand sanitizer and provides COVID-19 testing for employers.
Duckworth Street restaurants that have seen a drop in business due to COVID-19 and competition from the pedestrian mall have launched the Duckworth Dining initiative. Participants can enter to win a prize by collecting stamps on a "dining passport". Learn more
Venn Innovation, a Moncton-based tech and innovation company, has selected three New Brunswick startups to be part of its incubation program. LifeTrack Safety Systems, Welkom-U, and Parados Cerebral Solutions will gain access to money and resources. Learn more
Prince Edward Island
A new Vietnamese café, ALAMBÉ, opened this month at 119 Kent Street in Charlottetown. The café features Vietnamese coffee, as well as sandwiches and bakery items. ALAMBÉ currently have four staff, but is looking to hire two more. Learn more
Western Canada and Territories
The territorial government has announced 20 mineral exploration projects in the North Slave Region will receive a collective $1M in funding as part of the 2020-21 Mine Incentive Program. Learn more
The Saskatchewan Government is investing $14.6M to provincial parks, with nearly $8M dedicated to facility and infrastructure upgrades in southern provincial parks in 2020-21. Learn more
The Saskatchewan Government is providing $35M to support the tourism sector during COVID-19 pandemic. Through the Saskatchewan Tourism Sector Support Program, a one-time, non-repayable emergency payment will be available to hospitality and event operators. Learn more
The Rural Municipality of Springfield has created close to 200 new jobs through various construction projects in the area. Some of the new builds include a new grain elevator, a new assisted living space and a new training school. Learn more
The Vancouver Park Board (VPB) plans to reopen 12 of its fitness centres in mid-September, with the remaining 12 scheduled to reopen later this autumn. The VPB is currently working on developing a phased reopening plan for the city's indoor pools. Learn more
The Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada are jointly providing more than $43M for six rural infrastructure projects will help create 244 construction-related jobs. Learn more
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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