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  • Start date: 2019-09-02, End date: 2019-09-06
    Week of Sep 02 - Sep 06, 2019

    The Government of Canada is providing $1M to a fundraising campaign for a palliative care home in Moncton. The provincial government had promised in June to provide $1M to the project if the federal government did the same. Construction is scheduled to begin in April 2020.
    The District scolaire francophone Sud is still experiencing a shortage of staff. There is a serious shortage of bus drivers, substitute teachers, and janitors, particularly in the Miramichi, Saint John, and Fredericton regions.
  • Start date: 2019-08-26, End date: 2019-08-30
    Week of Aug 26 - Aug 30, 2019

    Canadian lobster exports to China jumped following reprisals against the United States. Canada exported nearly US$200M from January to June this year and is expected in 2019 to exceed the total of US$223M established in 2018. US exports decreased by 80% over the same period.
    A new population growth strategy was announced in Saint John by the minister of post-secondary education, labour and training. The strategy lays out a goal of attracting 7,500 newcomers a year with a one-year retention rate of 85 percent by 2024.
    The Higgs government is taking legal action to wrest a partly built dry dock in the Bas-Caraquet shipyard from a Quebec company, claiming the province has invested more than $10 million in the project, while the company hasn't created any more jobs
    APEC's Atlantic Currents report states that N.B. recorded the highest growth in retail sales in Atlantic Canada and the largest decline in manufacturing sales in Canada. The province has had moderate growth and employment has stabilized over five years.
  • Start date: 2019-08-19, End date: 2019-08-23
    Week of Aug 19 - Aug 23, 2019

    A new report called Signs of the Times: Expert insights about employment in 2030, looks at how Canada¿s labour market could evolve over the next decade. Experts explored how technological, social and environmental trends could create new needs for services, skills, and jobs.
    ACOA will administer $10M in funding in Atlantic Canada for the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy. Money will be invested in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are women-owned or led. The strategy aims to double the number of female businesses across the country by 2025.
    K&M Saffron Tea House, opened this month at 575 Main Street in Moncton, N.B. The owners are newcomers, who sell tea using herbs from their native Iran, as well as sweet treats and sandwiches. K&M are looking to hire servers to begin work in the fall.
    The federal government has written off the balance of two multimillion-dollar loans given to Irving-owned Atlantic Wallboard in Saint John. ACOA closed the file in March after deciding that the amount "has not been and likely will never be repaid"
  • Start date: 2019-08-12, End date: 2019-08-16
    Week of Aug 12 - Aug 16, 2019

    A report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) states that Prince Edward Island had approximately 1,000 unfilled private-sector jobs in the second quarter of 2019. This compares to 7,400 in New Brunswick, 7,100 in Nova Scotia and 3,000 in Newfoundland and Labrador.
    Richibucto's Imperial Manufacturing received $500K in funding from ACOA and the Province of New Brunswick to purchase new equipment. The company may hire an additional 15 staff while maintaining 465 well-paying jobs in the region.
    New Brunswick paramedics are being offered double overtime pay by Medavie Health Services as a temporary measure to fill positions during the summer when there are fewer paramedics available. The paramedics' union is calling for higher wages to attract and retain workers. There are about 150 open positions in the province.
    Rothesay-based Pomodori Pizzeria will open its first franchise location in Moncton, at 686 St. George Boulevard, at the end of October. Known for its wood-fired pizza, the restaurant will also feature a casual bar area.
  • Start date: 2019-08-05, End date: 2019-08-09
    Week of Aug 05 - Aug 09, 2019

    UNB will launch its first I-STEM cohort in October 2019. I-STEM uses a Lean Startup training program to enhance the ability of researchers and graduate students to bring their innovations to market while improving UNB¿s ability to market its own innovations.
    A nurse practitioner in Fredericton is trying to create a niche for herself alongside the provincial health-care system. Access Point Health is a private part-time virtual health clinic in Fredericton, charging $48 for a 20 minute virtual appointment.
    New Brunswick¿s Health Minister says that nursing graduates looking for full-time jobs should look for work in rural areas. With 140 full-time job openings in the province, it is often casual job opportunities that are available in the cities.
    The Moncton airport received $8.3M from the federal government to expand its de-icing pad. Once completed, passenger and cargo planes will be able to be de-iced at the same time and will enable the airport to expand its cargo-operations.
  • Start date: 2019-07-29, End date: 2019-08-02
    Week of Jul 29 - Aug 02, 2019

    The Government of New Brunswick presented their new nursing strategy on Tuesday. The strategy includes 21 measures, including the recruitment of internationally trained staff and an improved degree equivalency system.
    The federal government will be investing $40 million to improve internet service and reliability in New Brunswick. Xplorenet Communications, a company based out of Woodstock, N.B., will begin the installation of 3000 km of fibre op next year.
    The federal and New Brunswick governments have committed $4M to resurface Highway 114 this summer. The work will include resurfacing 18.7 kilometers of highway and culvert repairs, and will go to tender later this week.
    The New Brunswick government is hoping to hire 130 nurses per year for the next 10 years to address the current nursing shortage. According to Horizon Health Network, there are currently 200 nursing vacancies at their hospitals across the province.
    A family of Syrian refugees, who opened a Middle-Eastern grocery and clothing store in Moncton in 2016, opened a new grocery store in Saint John last week. The owner started the stores to help fill a gap in Middle-Eastern products in New Brunswick.
  • Start date: 2019-07-22, End date: 2019-07-26
    Week of Jul 22 - Jul 26, 2019

    The Government of Canada announced that they will be investing over $4.6 million in 4 New Brunswick small-craft fishing habours. The investment will be used for various dredging and construction infrastructure projects at the four sites.
    A business incubator organization, Propel, received $2.2M in funding from ACOA so it can offer programs to Atlantic Canada technology entrepreneurs over the next 3 years. Propel evaluates product ideas, and helps develop sales and marketing plans.
    A pop-up container bar called Le Barbu, has opened up in a pedestrian-only area at Place 1604 in Dieppe. The owners operate the bar out of one container and a second container houses an arcade. The plan is to shut down on Sept 1 and re-open next summer.
    Moncton¿s building permit values for the second quarter of 2019 was $87M, compared to $128M for the same period last year. There was a significant drop in government and institutional spending, while commercial building permits were valued at $56.7M.
    According to the office vacancy rates numbers released by Turner Drake & Partners, Moncton has the lowest office vacancy rate in Atlantic Canada at 7.96%. In comparison, Saint John¿s vacancy rate was 18.26%, Halifax was 14.62%, and St. John¿s was 17.64%.
  • Start date: 2019-07-15, End date: 2019-07-19
    Week of Jul 15 - Jul 19, 2019

    Salisbury-based Petz International Ltd. will buy new freeze dry production equipment with the help of ACOA. With the increased level of production another six new jobs will be created. The company produces high-end natural treats for the pet industry.
    The owners of Power Play Daycare at 1240 Ryan Street have asked Moncton city council for a rezoning to allow for a second daycare to operate at 1220 Ryan Street. According to the urban planning director, that area of town is growing and lacks daycares.
    New Brunswick's premier is trying to work with Quebec to address barriers to trade jobs in that province. Workers in New Brunswick have been unable to secure work in Quebec in 50 trade disciplines because of different certification requirements. Trades affected include carpenters, drywallers, heavy equipment operators, and roofers.
  • Start date: 2019-07-08, End date: 2019-07-12
    Week of Jul 08 - Jul 12, 2019

    Riverview's Red Stone Eatery announced on Facebook that it was closing its meal catering service and food truck operation. The owners didn't give a reason for the closure, but stated they were selling their assets and would be refunding customers.
    The N.B. government announced it will bring back a pilot program to convert licensed practical nurses into registered nurses, in order to address the nursing shortage in the province. The program will train 24 LPNs starting in January 2020, who will graduate in May 2022.
    Cannabis producer Organigram is busy expanding its product lines and factory space. The Moncton company will offer cannabis drinks and edibles by mid-December and upon completion of its expansion project in six months, will have 550,000 square feet of factory space.
    The grand opening of TD's $50M Corporate Office at CF Champlain in Dieppe was held in July. The bank has already filled 200 finance jobs and has hired 320 contact centre workers. The company plans to create a total of 1,015 jobs at the new finance centre, comprised of 440 high-skilled finance jobs and 575 call centre jobs.
  • Start date: 2019-07-01, End date: 2019-07-05
    Week of Jul 01 - Jul 05, 2019

    A U.S. probe into New Brunswick's private timberland has determined that provincial forest companies won't be hit with extra duties because of their low property taxes. The U.S. Department of Commerce accepted N.B.'s method in calculating property value.
  • Start date: 2019-06-24, End date: 2019-06-28
    Week of Jun 24 - Jun 28, 2019

    Opportunities New Brunswick, the provincial government's lead job-creation agency, eliminated 24 full-time positions and decided not to renew five contract positions. Twenty people have been placed in other provincial jobs.
    According to a survey conducted by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission in the fall of 2018, 96% of those that graduated with a bachelor's degree in 2012, report that they were employed. Median earnings among the 2012 Maritime graduates were $58,000.
    Dieppe and Moncton have introduced bylaws to implement a 3.5% hotel tax in August, with that money being used to fund tourism promotion. A third-party destination marketing organization will be established next year to oversee the use of the funds.
  • Start date: 2019-06-17, End date: 2019-06-21
    Week of Jun 17 - Jun 21, 2019

    Murphy Hospitality Group has opened Gahan House Restaurant & Brewery in Moncton, NB. The 120-seat restaurant is located at 55 Queen Street and features an outdoor patio and a five-barrel brewing system. Forty staff have been hired prior to the opening.
    The Atlantic Immigrant Career Loan Fund was recently established to help newcomers in Atlantic Canada achieve credential recognition. Newcomers can borrow money to pay for training and related expenses, enabling them to work in their chosen field.
    Moncton may impose a levy of 3.5% on the price of tourism accommodations. The money collected will be used for tourism marketing, which could increase visitor spending by 4.7% per year to reach $625M in seven years. This tax could come into effect on August 1, 2019.
    Moncton's My Gym, a fitness centre for children, announced on Facebook that it will be closing on June 24 due to uncontrollable circumstances. The gym, located on George Street, has been in business for 10 years.
    Data from the Canadian Real Estate Association shows a 24.6% increase in home sales in May 2019, compared to May of last year. That represents about $216.8M in sales, led by Moncton at $87.4M, Fredericton at $67.6M and Saint John at $48M.
  • Start date: 2019-06-10, End date: 2019-06-14
    Week of Jun 10 - Jun 14, 2019

    The new three-year partnership between Netflix and the Alliance des producteurs francophones du Canada (APFC) will benefit the film and television industry. According to the APFC, more than 50 projects may be submitted to the production stage by 2020.
    Seasonal workers on the Acadian Peninsula hope to be better represented in the EI Commissioners' upcoming review of administrative regions. The Commissioner is expected to table the recommendations in September 2020.
    The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association states that companies are struggling to find enough drivers and are recruiting more women and immigrants to the job. Drivers need to know about new technology, rules and regulations, and required rest stops.
    The University of Moncton is increasing tuition for current full-time undergraduate students by 2% and by 8% for newly enrolled and other students. Tuition for Canadian students will be $5,947 and $10,899 for international students.
    Westmount Developments unveiled its plans to build two towers with 94-rental units and ground-floor retail space on former CN property. The first tower will be ready in October 2020 and the second tower is expected to also break ground next year.
    APEC is reporting that New Brunswick is the only Atlantic province to see a decline in investment spending. Investment values are expected to be 9% lower than last year due to $260M in provincial spending cuts and lower spending at the Irving refinery.
    NB Power has received $5.75M to create a major new green energy initiative and will establish the province's first Smart Energy Community Project. In Shediac 500 homes will be chosen to test new technologies, and evaluate cost and energy efficiencies.
  • Start date: 2019-06-03, End date: 2019-06-07
    Week of Jun 03 - Jun 07, 2019

    Ambulance New Brunswick says they have filled jobs in the new hospital-transfer system and float teams, which were set up to address slow response times. Fifty unilingual paramedics were hired to do hospital transfers and 32 hired as float team members.
    New Brunswick's English education system is faced with a shortage of school psychologists, with only nine of 27 positions filled by psychologists. The NB College of Psychologists claim that the private sector offers better pay and working conditions.
    The shortage of school psychologists persists in N.B. According to information from school districts, 5 out of 20 positions are not filled in Francophone districts, but only 9 out of 26 positions are filled in Anglophone ones.
    The head of the Horizon Health Network states that New Brunswick has a critical nursing shortage and needs to hire 320 nurses a year over the next five years to maintain service levels. Recruiting internationally trained nurses is one possible solution.
    According to Dieppe's project manager about 65% of the steel and foundation work has been completed on Dieppe's UNIplex. The $31M two rink project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2020 and is expected to employ up to 150 people over two years.
  • Start date: 2019-05-27, End date: 2019-05-31
    Week of May 27 - May 31, 2019

    Solargram Farms Corporation has decided not to proceed with their plans to operate an outdoor cannabis farm in Cap-Pelé. The Cap-Pelé village council had recently placed a six-month moratorium on cannabis farming, while it gathered more information.
    The provincial and federal governments announced that they will spend over $30M renovating more than 5,000 affordable housing units across New Brunswick and building another 151 units over three years. This is part of a 10 year action plan resulting from the bilateral housing agreement.
  • Start date: 2019-05-20, End date: 2019-05-24
    Week of May 20 - May 24, 2019

    Mount Allison University's tuition is going up by 5.7%, which will see full-time Canadian students pay $8,770 in tuition. International students will pay 3% more or $18,130 in total. The University of New Brunswick's tuition is increasing by 5% to 25%.
    The Skilled Trades Exploration Program for Women (STEPW) initiative was launched this month, to recruit women into high-demand trades. Participants that successfully complete their courses at NBCC and an Irving apprenticeship, will be guaranteed a job.
    Organigram has hired a team of chocolate makers to take the lead on the production of chocolate cannabis edibles when they're legalized for sales later this year. The Moncton-based cannabis producer will spend $15M to create an automated production line.
  • Start date: 2019-05-13, End date: 2019-05-17
    Week of May 13 - May 17, 2019

    A new APEC study states that the population of the three Maritime provinces is growing at its fastest pace in decades, mainly from immigration and a reduced outflow to Alberta. P.E.I. has grown by 2% and N.B. by 0.5%, but have more seniors than youth.
    The Copper Branch opened on 200 Champlain St. in Dieppe this month. More locations are expected to open in Halifax, Fredericton, Saint John, and St. John's in the coming months. The restaurant features only plant-based and vegan food.
    New Brunswick is forecasting that it will need to recruit 120,000 workers over the next 10 years, due to a large number of retiring baby boomers, as well as a high unemployment rate in the province. There are already labour needs for seafood plant workers, general farm workers, transport truck drivers, food service workers, personal support workers, registered nurses and teachers.
  • Start date: 2019-05-06, End date: 2019-05-10
    Week of May 06 - May 10, 2019

    The Greater Moncton International Airport posted a cargo record in 2018, when it shipped over 1,000 tonnes of live seafood to Asia and Europe. It was also the first time that the airport had dedicated international cargo flights to ship local products.
    Two construction projects in Moncton will receive grants from the City of Moncton. The 117-room Hilton Garden Inn & Suites hotel on Highfield Street will get $590K over three years, while the six-storey Tannery Place will get $951K over five years.
    Charlottetown-based Gahan opened a brew pub and restaurant in downtown Moncton on the ground floor of the Five-Five Queen hotel. The pub can sit 200 patrons and another 130 outside when the patio is completed at the end of May. There are also locations in Halifax, Saint John and Fredericton.
    About 450 Cape Bald Packers workers returned to their jobs after two separate fires in February destroyed the lobster plant in Richibouctou-Village and the lobster processing plant in Cap-Pelé, N.B. The two plants employed about 650 workers altogether.
    Changes have been made to the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, which will allow more spouses of immigrants to come into Atlantic Canada. Spouses can now apply for an open work permit in areas such as food and beverage, servers or long-haul truck drivers.
  • Start date: 2019-04-29, End date: 2019-05-03
    Week of Apr 29 - May 03, 2019

    Stricter rules in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program are delaying the arrival of workers in N.B. seafood processing plants. Some plants are waiting for 30 to 40 workers who have been approved by the program but do not yet have work permits or are blocked at customs.
    The Economy Glass stores in Moncton, Fredericton, and Beresford, N.B are all closed and going through bankruptcy proceedings. The locations in Dartmouth and Mount Pearl, N.L. are also affected. Economy Glass has been in the Maritimes for over 40 years.
    The president of the New Brunswick Medical Society states that the nursing shortage is directly impacting patient care in the province. Without enough nurses, overtime increases, which costs the province over $16M a year and also impacts the nurses' mental health. The province has 400 vacant positions, 378 nurses on sick leave, and 54% of its nursing staff are aged 45 to 55.
    New Brunswick's cannabis retailer, Cannabis NB, reports that it lost $11.7M in its first year of operation. The agency says sales of legal cannabis were $18.6M for the year-end, with cannabis becoming legal in October 2018.
    The Greater Moncton International Airport will have three daily direct flights from Moncton to Toronto through Air Canada Rouge. The new service began on May 1 using its 136-seat A319 jet, but will switch to a larger 162-seat jet between June and October.
    Twelve UNI Financial branches will be closed across New Brunswick from October to December 2019, due to more on-line banking and reduced customer traffic. UNI Financial says no jobs will be lost, as staff will be offered work at nearby branches.
  • Start date: 2019-04-22, End date: 2019-04-26
    Week of Apr 22 - Apr 26, 2019

    New Brunswick¿s Education Minister announced that early childhood educators with one-year diplomas will also be eligible to receive the 75-cent hourly wage increase announced last week.
    Moncton-based Atlantic Cancer Research Institute received almost $5M in funding from ACOA to establish the New Brunswick Centre for Precision Medicine. The new facility will hire seven new cancer research staff, which is expected to open in a few months.
  • Start date: 2019-04-15, End date: 2019-04-19
    Week of Apr 15 - Apr 19, 2019

    The association representing childcare educators state that less than 500 of the 4800 educators in New Brunswick, will receive the new 75-cent hourly wage increase. Those who have only completed a one-year childhood education program will not be eligible.
  • Start date: 2019-04-08, End date: 2019-04-12
    Week of Apr 08 - Apr 12, 2019

    Snow crab quotas are increasing in the Gulf of St. Lawrence to just over 32,000 tonnes. Most catches will be made in Area 12, which is used mainly by Gaspé and New Brunswick fishers.
    The New Brunswick government has cut the primary caregiver benefit program in order to fund a wage increase for 9,500 home-care workers. Home support workers, family support workers and attendant care workers will now earn over $14 per hour on average.
    The Plan b Bar & Lounge has closed after a decade in business in Moncton. Located at the corner of St. George and Lutz Streets, the live music venue gave emerging musicians a place to perform.
    Accor Hotels will begin laying off 43 staff at its call centre in Moncton starting in late August, as part of a company restructuring. The Accor - Global Reservations Centre, currently employs 310 people and serves hotel chains such as Fairmont and Ibis.
    Construction is slated to begin in the spring on two 36-unit luxury apartment complexes at Pinewood Road and Gunningsville Boulevard in Riverview. Site preparation work for The Kensington will begin this month and will be completed in mid-to-late 2020.
    Following a recent expansion of its main production facility on English Drive, Cannabis producer Organigram now has over 650 employees in Moncton and has distribution agreements with every province. The Moncton facility employed 100 staff in 2017.
    Riverview's planning committee approved five bylaw variances, which would allow Cordova Realty Ltd. to build two 10 storey towers along the Petitcodiac River. The proposed $35M project would have 150 residential units and retail space if approved.
  • Start date: 2019-04-01, End date: 2019-04-05
    Week of Apr 01 - Apr 05, 2019

    British Settlement residents have concerns over a proposed rock quarry operation. Bowsers Construction has received conditional approval, but would have to meet terms imposed by the Southeast Planning Review and Adjustment Committee to get a permit.
    S&P Data closed its two New Brunswick contact centre locations in Saint John and Edmundston, putting 245 people out of work. The closure came from the sudden loss of its only client. S&P is working to replace the lost business and re-open the locations.
    A new Statistics Canada report states that the francophone population declined between 2001 and 2016 in New Brunswick and there was less French being spoke at home and at work. The overall rate of bilingualism in the province however, remained at 34%.
    Moncton¿s Corey Craig Group is planning to open five new IHOP restaurants in Atlantic Canada, with the first one slated to open on Mountain Road in Moncton in the fourth quarter of 2019. The other locations will follow over the next six years.
  • Start date: 2019-03-25, End date: 2019-03-29
    Week of Mar 25 - Mar 29, 2019

    The New Brunswick Court of Appeal have extended a court action that says that nursing home workers in the province are not allowed to strike. The union is hoping that amendments can be made to allow its workers the option of binding arbitration.
    The New Brunswick government is implementing changes to allow municipalities to charge a hospitality tax on hotel rooms as a way to raise money for tourism marketing. The hospitality tax in other Atlantic Canadian cities ranges two to four percent.
    According to various stakeholders in the lobster fishing industry, 40% of lobster fishers will sell their fishing licence in the next 10 years due to retirements. Total licence sales are expected to reach $100M in the next 5 years.
  • Start date: 2019-03-18, End date: 2019-03-22
    Week of Mar 18 - Mar 22, 2019

    Businesspersons criticize the premium increase at WorkSafe NB. Restaurant owner Perry Flann says that his contribution went up by $13,000, threatening jobs. N.-B. has the highest premiums in Atlantic Canada.
    Developers are looking to demolish the V Hotel and Suites on Highfield Street in Moncton and replace it with a larger 118-room Hilton Garden Inn. If approved by the city, the new hotel could be completed in late 2020, and will be near the Avenir Centre.
    The New Brunswick economy is forecasted to expand by 0.6% in 2019 and no job gains are expected. The province has been faced with labour shortages, an aging population, and trade uncertainty, especially with softwood lumber.
    Moncton is looking to fill vacant unionized garbage collection jobs with private contractors for at least six months, to help fill spots vacant due to injuries and turnover. Seven workers are employed by the city who earn $28.41 per hour, plus benefits.
    Euston Park Social, a beer garden and shipping container restaurant at 5 Euston St., announced that it plans to open on the long weekend in May. The outdoor space can seat around 100 customers and will remain open until September.
  • Start date: 2019-03-11, End date: 2019-03-15
    Week of Mar 11 - Mar 15, 2019

    The province has decided to come to the bargaining table to help negotiate a deal between the N.B. Association of Nursing Homes and the union that represents its workers. The main issues are pay raises, working conditions and more funded hours of care.
    The Harbour View Restaurant & Variety Store in Alma, N.B., was destroyed by fire on March 8. The Main Street restaurant was closed at the time of the fire. The owners did not state if there were plans to rebuild or how many staff would be out of work.
    The N.B. Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association states that funeral homes are always looking for licensed funeral directors. This occupation has an average salary of $47,319.
    According to an economic impact study conducted by Jupia Consultants for the New Brunswick Multicultural Council, immigrants generate about $168M a year towards provincial government revenues. Between 2011 and 2016 nearly 7,000 immigrants entered the workforce.
    The nursing home association states there are up to 70 licensed practical nurse and 103 resident attendant jobs vacant in nursing homes across New Brunswick.
    Solargram Farms Corporation is looking to operate outdoor cannabis farms in New Brunswick, pending federal approval. The company intends to grow cannabis and produce cannabis oil concentrate in a Moncton extraction facility. Solargram already has a staff of 16 and expects to be a major employer, with sales projected to exceed $70M in its first year.
  • Start date: 2019-03-04, End date: 2019-03-08
    Week of Mar 04 - Mar 08, 2019

    Metepenagiag First Nation is planning a commercial development on 25 hectares it has purchased along the Trans-Canada Highway near Harrisville Boulevard. The land will be converted to reserve property and will not be subjected to municipal taxes.
    Moncton's Crandall University is looking to add another 200 international students on campus over the next two years. The Dean stated that domestic enrolment has dropped across Canada, making it important to attract international students.
    Workers at 45 non-profit nursing homes across the province will take part in a strike vote on March 7. The 4,100 unionized workers include licensed practical nurses and homecare workers, who have been without a contract since 2016. The main issue is wages.
    Moncton will have a new downtown restaurant when Applewood Smoked BBQ opens at 831 Main Street on March 8. The 1,100 sq.-ft. space will seat 32 people.
  • Start date: 2019-02-25, End date: 2019-03-01
    Week of Feb 25 - Mar 01, 2019

    Spending by foreign travellers in the Atlantic region from July to September 2018 is estimated at $589.2M. Of this total, $158.9M was spent in New Brunswick. Tourists from the United States were the largest spenders, followed by those from the United Kingdom, China, and Germany.
    The first numbers concerning the legalization of marijuana are deceiving. From October 17 to December 23, sales in New Brunswick totalled $8.6M. Faced with supply difficulties, Cannabis NB stores laid off workers, and some locations had to close temporarily in November.
    Shediac Camping Ltd. revised its plans for its recreational vehicle campground in Shediac, to largely avoid wetland areas identified by the province. The new proposal, if approved, would create 542 camp sites and employ 30-40 part-time staff.
    Cape Bald Packers says it will rebuild its Cap-Pelé fish plant, which was destroyed in a fire on February 24. The company has two processing plants in Cap-Pelé, which together employ 500 people. Cape Bald intends to resume processing in May.
    The Conference Board of Canada is predicting stronger growth for all four Atlantic provinces. P.E.I is expected to lead the country with 3.2% economic growth in 2019, while the N.B. economy is expected to grow by 1.4% due mostly to stability in the service-sector and rising exports.
  • Start date: 2019-02-18, End date: 2019-02-22
    Week of Feb 18 - Feb 22, 2019

    Construction of the $15M YMCA recreation centre in Moncton's north end is expected to start in the spring of 2019. The centre will have a playground, indoor splash pad, gym, walking track and community space. It is expected to open in the fall of 2020.
    Pür & Simple, a Québec-based restaurant chain specializing in all-day breakfast, will open a new location in Dieppe's CF Champlain Mall in May 2019. It will also open another restaurant in Saint John in May, as well as in Edmundston in June 2019.
  • Start date: 2019-02-11, End date: 2019-02-15
    Week of Feb 11 - Feb 15, 2019

    A new study reports that child-care costs are often the second biggest parental expense and have recently risen faster than inflation in 61% of Canadian cities. Typical fees are about $1000 a month, with the city of Saint John being about $900 a month.
    A fire has destroyed the Cape Bald Packers lobster-processing plant in Richibouctou-Village. No one was inside the plant at the time, but 100 people will be out of work. The company plans to quickly rebuild and may be able to employ staff at other plants.
    Cape Bald Packers plans to rebuild its processing plant in Richibouctou-Village by August, but starting in May will bus workers an hour away to its processing plants in Cap-Pelé. The company wants to ensure it has workers for when the new plant opens.
    Moncton-based Picomole Inc. is working to commercialize its lung cancer detection technology, with the help of $818K from ACOA and a national research council. The money will be used to establish a testing lab and start clinical testing of its technology.
  • Start date: 2019-02-04, End date: 2019-02-08
    Week of Feb 04 - Feb 08, 2019

    New Brunswick nurses within the Vitalité Health Network saw their overtime hours jump by 26% in 2018, as nursing vacancies rise. The francophone health district lost 200 nurses between 2017 and 2018 and there are nearly 400 vacancies across the province.
    A survey sent to New Brunswick tourism operators found that the three hardest positions to fill are chefs, housekeeping and cleaning staff, and front desk staff. The tourism association will issue a plan in March on how to recruit and retain staff.
    Horizon Health Network, New Brunswick's largest health authority, says it is talking with the University of New Brunswick about increasing seats for nursing students to help ease the province's shortage. It is expected that 320 nurses will retire annually, while there are only 265 nurses graduating in the province each year.
  • Start date: 2019-01-28, End date: 2019-02-01
    Week of Jan 28 - Feb 01, 2019

    According to a survey by the Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick, labour shortages could lead to closures this summer. The restaurant and accommodation industry in particular is affected, and the problem is most severe in the Northeast, followed by the Northwest and Southeast. A total of 1,900 positions will need to be filled in the province.
    J.D. Irving Limited is projecting it will hire 7,500 full-time staff between 2019 and 2021, mostly in Atlantic Canada and 3,200 of them based in New Brunswick. Hiring will be focused on operations, shipping, supply and logistics, retail sales and finance.
    An announcement was made in Fredericton that Ottawa will invest $35.66M in Siemens, NB Power and Nova Scotia Power's $92.7M Smart Grid Atlantic project. The goal is to develop and implement a powerful cloud-based platform and be a leader in clean energy.
    Licensed cannabis producer Organigram Holdings reports that it had $12.4M in net revenue over the 3-month period that ended on November 30. Sales in that quarter alone exceeded the total of any full year, as recreational cannabis only became legal on October 17.
    The provincial government has a new workforce initiative called FutureReadyNB. The program's aim is to provide N.B. students with job experience in their field before they graduate, while helping employers fill labour gaps and retain university graduates.
    New Brunswick Innovation Foundation and Innovacorp will invest a combined $1M to fund a select number of Atlantic companies who enter Phase 2 of Propel's ¿Incite¿ accelerator over the next few years. Propel's goal is to help startups grow and prosper.
    The International House of Pancakes (IHOP) will open its first Atlantic Canadian restaurant, when it opens in Moncton by the end of 2019. The restaurant chain has 1,695 locations across 13 countries.
    A Statistics Canada report analyzing 2017 annual incomes found that N.B. had the second lowest median income at $31,430. It also reviewed income differentials between the top and bottom quarter earners and N.B. had the largest gap difference at $79,180.
    The latest market survey from Turner and Drake, report that the combined office vacancy rate for Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton dropped from 13.66% in December 2017 to 11.26% in 2018. New Brunswick also has the lowest rental rates in Atlantic Canada.
    The Government of New Brunswick and various companies continued their efforts to recruit foreign workers by participating in the 5th Salon du travail et de la mobilité professionnelle last Thursday and Friday in Paris. According to the website nbjobs.ca, there are 2,900 positions to fill in the province.
    The Get Air Trampoline Park in Moncton closed on January 25, with its landlord claiming that it is owed $43,000 in rent. Get Air, which has over 50 trampoline parks across North America, posted online that the Moncton location is closed temporarily.
  • Start date: 2019-01-21, End date: 2019-01-25
    Week of Jan 21 - Jan 25, 2019

    Moncton continued strong growth in 2018 with $222.6M issued in building permits. Commercial and industrial projects made up 56% of that total, with Organigram's $36.7M expansion, a new $21M middle school, and the new $17.6M Hyatt Hotel leading the way.
    Cannabis NB gave a breakdown of its recent layoffs, with Fredericton eliminating 10 jobs from its two stores. Oromocto will lay seven off, Edmundston will axe five, and Tracadie, Miramichi, Sackville, Saint John, and Rothesay will each cut four staff.
    A new Atlantic Provinces Economic Council report states that Atlantic Canada's labour force dropped by 30,700 between 2012 and 2018, mainly due to retiring baby boomers. The shortage of labour is particularly bad in low-skill sectors like food and retail.
    The province has given a directive to Ambulance New Brunswick to impose a hiring freeze. This will result in unilingual paramedics being left in bilingual positions for now. The freeze will be lifted once demand for each official language is reviewed.
    Ambulance New Brunswick (ANB) was given new directives from the provincial health minister to ensure that every emergency ambulance unit is a bilingual unit. ANB has also been directed to create new float team positions for unilingual paramedics.
    The three main airports in New Brunswick had a record number of passengers fly out of their facilities in 2018. The Greater Moncton International Airport saw 681,437 passengers, Fredericton International Airport had 424,324 and Saint John saw 282,217.
    TD's Corporate Offices in Dieppe began training 70 Contact Centre employees and over 80 Finance Operations personnel, with its opening on January 21. By the end of 2019, the Contact Centre expects to employ 375 staff and another 200 in Finance Operations.
    A new study from APEC shows that P.E.I. has the lowest immigration retention rate in Canada, with only 16% of immigrants remaining on the Island after five years. By comparison, the next lowest immigration retention rate in Atlantic Canada was in New Brunswick at 48%.
    ML Rentals Ltd. can proceed with its plan to construct a 32-unit apartment building in downtown Moncton after City Council allowed the property to be rezoned. The building will be built at 170 Victoria Street, with rents ranging from $1,400 to $2,500.
    Atlantic premiers want to change the way doctors, nurses, and other health care workers are accredited by creating regional licences to improve their mobility. This, among other things, would help solve problems related to the ageing of the population.
  • Start date: 2019-01-14, End date: 2019-01-18
    Week of Jan 14 - Jan 18, 2019

    Moncton's deputy mayor states that the Avenir Centre is generating new openings and construction projects like the new hotel being built next door, the 55 Queen condominium complex, a bakery, childcare facility and new apartment buildings.
    A 14 storey freezer facility being built in Sackville is expected to be done in April 2019. Two Nova Scotia companies are building the freezer to store fruit, vegetables and food products. The freezer will use automatic cranes and will employ four staff.
    A poor haying season in northern and central areas of New Brunswick, has led some farmers to choose between buying hay at $60 a bale or selling cattle. A dry summer resulted in less feed being available and higher prices for hay.
    According to the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, Atlantic provinces stand to lose close to a quarter of a million workers over the next decade as baby boomers retire.
    New Brunswick has published a list of 584 organizations who have been approved through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, to recruit immigrants for hard to fill jobs. The list includes a health authority, schools, trucking, seafood, and fast food companies.
    Copper Branch, a vegan restaurant chain, will open its first Atlantic Canadian location at 200 Champlain Street in Dieppe this March. The restaurant will seat around 40 people, and will employ around 12 to 18 people, including the franchise owners.
  • Start date: 2019-01-07, End date: 2019-01-11
    Week of Jan 07 - Jan 11, 2019

    The advanced care paramedic program is growing in New Brunswick and is now a permanent service. The pilot launched in April 2017 in Bathurst, Moncton and Saint John, but now includes Fredericton. Advanced care paramedics can perform more procedures.
    The clothing alteration shop, Stitch It, will close its location at the CF Champlain Mall on January 31. The company decided not to renew the lease because the store wasn't profitable. Fredericton's Stitch It will be the only remaining Maritime location.
    Excavation work has begun on Dieppe's new $31.6M arena complex, which will be built on land next to the Centenaire Arena. The old arena is expected to be demolished in 2020. The new facility will have two ice surfaces, a walking track, and community rooms and kitchen. A 2017 impact analysis projected that construction of the complex could create 255 jobs.
    Of the 174 members surveyed by the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce, nearly 49% said there is a shortage of skilled labour. The Chamber's CEO stated that more Moncton companies are looking outside the province and country for workers.
    Statistics Canada's annual data shows New Brunswick's labour force grew by 600 people, with more people aged 15-24 either working or looking for work, but fewer 25-and-older active participants. In contrast the population of 15-to-24-year-olds dropped by 1,100.
    Cannabis NB is laying off about 60 retail workers across the province, in an effort to adjust to operational needs. Most laid-off staff are seasonal, but some part-time and full-time staff are also impacted. Pay rates range from $19 to $23 an hour.
  • Start date: 2018-12-31, End date: 2019-01-04
    Week of Dec 31 - Jan 04, 2018

    According to Manpower Group, the hiring climate will be ¿respectable¿ in Greater Moncton at the beginning of 2019. In the first quarter, 13% of employers want to increase their number of employees, while only 7% of employers plan to reduce it.
    The New Brunswick Real Estate Association states that 7,826 residential units were sold in 2018, representing a 2% increase from 2017. The average New Brunswick home sold for $176K in 2018, up 11.4% from 2017, but considerably lower than the national average price of $488K.
    Inspiration Café opened recently at 22 Church Street in Moncton. The café offers job opportunities to the homeless and people with mental illness, in order to develop life and work skills. More program participants are planned to be hired in January 2019.
    According to Statistics Canada, the percentage of people aged 60 and over who are working out of necessity is the highest in P.E.I. at 53%. New Brunswick had the next highest percentage at 52.1%, while the national average was 49%.
    The OMISTA credit union has been running a bi-weekly pop-up branch in Hillsborough to gauge interest in the area to establish a branch, or at the very least install an ATM. Scotiabank, currently Hillsborough's only bank, is scheduled to close on June 6, 2019.
    Preliminary numbers from the Vital Statistics Office reveal a 17% drop in the number of babies born in New Brunswick in 2018, compared to 2017. There were 5,448 births in 2018. New Brunswick is the only province with a shrinking population.
  • Start date: 2018-12-24, End date: 2018-12-28
    Week of Dec 24 - Dec 28, 2018

    Sackville town council awarded a $2M contract to Moncton's Birch Hill Construction Ltd for the Lorne Street flood control project. The project will include the construction of a large storm water retention pond, as well as a smaller settling pond.
  • Start date: 2018-12-17, End date: 2018-12-21
    Week of Dec 17 - Dec 21, 2018

    In an effort to attract youth to manual trades, the high school in Saint-Quentin is offering an introductory course to the trades. It is estimated that by 2026, the province will need more than 14,000 new workers in the industrial sector.
    Moncton-based PropertyGuys.com is expanding into the U.S. with its first franchise in Florida. The company will hire an operations manager to oversee the Florida venture and hope to expand into more states. The Moncton head office employs 64 staff.
    New Brunswick's $1.5B tourism industry is looking to target older workers and immigrants to address the shortage of workers during the summer months. Part of the challenge is that tourism jobs are often temporary, offer low-pay, and are labour-intensive.
    Moncton city council decided to expand the geographic boundaries of a program that provides financial incentives to developers, who complete downtown projects valued at over $10M. The hope is to increase density and to develop vacant properties.
    The New Brunswick government is eliminating the requirement for paramedics to be bilingual, if they work in unilingual areas of the province. According to the Health Minister, ambulances should not be sitting idle due to a lack of bilingual paramedics.
    A C.D. Howe Institute report states that many Maritime cities had high overall tax burdens on new business investment in 2018. Moncton was found to be at 45.1%, Halifax at 45.9%, and Charlottetown - 43.1%. St. John's was much lower at 34.6%.
    A judge has ruled that naturopaths in New Brunswick cannot advertise that they are medically trained. N.B. has 20 licensed naturopaths, but the profession is not regulated in the province, allowing non- licensed people to call themselves naturopaths.
  • Start date: 2018-12-10, End date: 2018-12-14
    Week of Dec 10 - Dec 14, 2018

    According to Statistics Canada, Canadian production of maple syrup fell 22% in 2018. New Brunswick experienced a 34.5% decrease, producing 1.6 million litres.
    Given the lack of staff in care homes, the Réseau de vie confort in southern New Brunswick is offering a six-week, personal care attendant course. Students will earn a salary starting on their first day of studies, and 12th grade education will no longer be required.
    Following steep U.S. tariffs on aluminum, which has led to a shortage of cans, Moncton's Pump House Brewery has arranged to supply aluminum cans and labelling services to other craft breweries. Pump House has negotiated with a Chinese aluminum can maker to have the distribution rights for North America and already has customers lined up.
    The new TD Bank corporate office is set to open in mid-January at the CF Champlain shopping mall in Dieppe. Roughly $50M was spent to renovate the 105,000 sq. ft. facility, which will have 70 staff at the contact centre and about 80 employees at the finance centre when it opens, but will eventually employ 1,015 people altogether in three years.
    Nordia, a customer service company, is moving its Moncton branch into a new $4M facility on St. George Boulevard and will be hiring 50 to 75 employees once work is completed. Its 700 staff are expected to move into the new building by the end of January.
    A new LGBTQ bar, Pink Flamingos Cabaret/Lounge, will open mid-December on St. George Street in downtown Moncton. The bar is moving into the former location of Triangles, Moncton's first openly gay bar, which closed in September 2018.
    Opportunities New Brunswick states that the contact centre industry is going strong in the province, due to its qualified, bilingual workers and low-cost cities. Some pay $30,000 a year, but the average salary for contact centre staff is around $40,000.
    The Conference Board of Canada says that P.E.I. is expected to see strong growth of 2.7% next year, thanks to steady immigration and a booming tourism industry. New Brunswick's growth is projected to be just 1.3%, due to its aging and retiring population.
  • Start date: 2018-12-03, End date: 2018-12-07
    Week of Dec 03 - Dec 07, 2018

    Liberty Utilities, a subsidiary of Ontario-based Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp., has purchased Enbridge Gas New Brunswick for $331M. The plan is to grow the New Brunswick company and increase the accessibility of natural gas across the province.
    Oulton College is exploring the option of building a second campus at Franklin Yard in Moncton's West End. The landowner has to have the land re-zoned first and is hoping to include residential and commercial developments as well.
    A CFIB report has found that a shortage of labour in Atlantic Canada has 22% of businesses considering cancelling expansion plans. Over two-thirds of employers stated they have trouble finding staff with the right skills and 20% can't find enough workers.
  • Start date: 2018-11-26, End date: 2018-11-30
    Week of Nov 26 - Nov 30, 2018

    According to the president of the Agricultural Alliance of NB, the shortage of agricultural workers is a costly problem. In 2014, 7,500 people in the province worked in this industry, and 400 positions remained vacant, resulting in a loss of $7M in sales. By 2025, increased productivity should reduce labour needs, but there will then be 800 fewer people in the labour pool.
    According to a study by the Conference Board of Canada, bilingual workers make on average $1,150 more than unilingual workers in N.B., and they inject more money into the provincial economy. The purchasing power of a bilingual person is $47,117, while it is only $4,400 for a unilingual Anglophone. Bilingual people make up 35.5% of the province's population.
    A new 4,500 sq. ft. microbrewery and taproom opened at 250 Dieppe Blvd. CAVOK Brewery Co. can seat 104 customers and serves 12 different beers on tap. Only one beer is now being sold in cans, but CAVOK hopes to offer more and sell it in NB Liquor stores.
    A study released by the University of Moncton found that 20% of New Brunswick seniors (65 and over) are living in poverty, with only $14,000 or less to live on per year. Women, francophones, older seniors and seniors in rural areas were worst off.
    A new 2-year rapid response paramedic pilot project was launched this month in New Brunswick. Five units will be able to be dispatched with a lone paramedic in rural areas, to provide initial emergency services when ambulances are tied up.
  • Start date: 2018-11-19, End date: 2018-11-23
    Week of Nov 19 - Nov 23, 2018

    A shortage of bus drivers and alternate drivers is generating frequent delays for students in New Brunswick. The issue is particularly acute in the District scolaire francophone sud where five positions are vacant.
    The New Brunswick government will create a new non-emergency transfer service for hospital patients and will make 40 casual unilingual paramedics into permanent employees. The move is expected to enable more bilingual paramedics to handle emergency calls.
    Dorchester's Coastal Cranberries were almost a month behind completing its fall cranberry harvest, due to having a cold and wet fall this year. Coastal dry harvests their cranberries, which is more labour-intensive, but has more value than the wet fruit.
    The Anglophone North School District states there is a shortage of supply teachers across New Brunswick. Job fairs are being held to recruit supply teachers and other positions. To qualify for a permit and get on the supply list you need a couple of years of post-secondary. Teachers with French immersion or high school specialty courses have the best prospect for a permanent teaching position.
    Based on provincial statistics for the end of October, 751 seniors were waiting to be placed in a nursing home, compared to 2017 when the average number on the list was around 595. The number of seniors waiting for home-care assessments has also grown.
  • Start date: 2018-11-16, End date: 2018-11-20
    Week of Nov 16 - Nov 20, 2018

    Moncton's new Costco store will open on November 16 at Granite Centre, a day after the old store closes on Trinity Drive. The new store will be much larger at 154,000 sq. ft., will have a 24-pump gas bar, and is expected to employ an additional 100 people.
  • Start date: 2018-11-12, End date: 2018-11-16
    Week of Nov 12 - Nov 16, 2018

    With as many as 12 Cannabis NB stores closed earlier this month due to a lack of stock, some workers have been without work or pay. One manager stated that they are trying to find other tasks for their employees to do, when a store is closed.
    A recent study of 67 Canadian universities by CUPE and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives found that 53.6% of instructors are now on contract, with 80% of them being part-time. On P.E.I. the percentage of contract faculty is 39% and 47% in N.B.
    According to figures obtained by Radio-Canada, there are 376 nursing vacancies across New Brunswick. Of those, 200 are in the Vitalité Health Network and 176 are in the Horizon hospitals. N.B. nursing homes are also reporting a shortage of nurses.
    The Eat Clean Healthy Grill & Juice Bar will open a new franchise in January 2019 at 40 Champlain Street in Moncton. This will be the franchise¿s first N.B. location. The owner is expecting to open mid-January and hire six to ten staff in the beginning.
    Canada Post has offered its employees a four-year contract deal that includes annual 2% wage hikes, up to $1000 in signing bonuses, new job-security provisions, and a $10M health-and-safety fund. Workers have until November 17 to accept the deal.
    The federal government, Organigram, Genome Atlantic, Genome Canada and the N.B. Innovation Foundation will contribute $1.1M toward a cannabis research project led by a Université de Moncton team. Their goal is to innovate and expand cannabis research.
  • Start date: 2018-11-05, End date: 2018-11-09
    Week of Nov 05 - Nov 09, 2018

    The owner of Ana Banana, a specialty store for babies and toddlers, has closed its retail operation in Moncton in order to focus on the online side of the business. Its Saint John location will remain open.
    Supply issues continue to plague Cannabis NB retail shops across the province with at least half of their 20 store temporarily closed over a two day period this month due to a lack of inventory. Stores have not been fully stocked since opening day.
    A new report by the New Brunswick Multicultural Council recommends the province double immigration rates to about 7,500 newcomers per year. It is predicted that 110,000 workers will retire over the next 10 years, which can't be filled by N.B. youth alone.
    Canada Post workers in N.B. took part in rotating strikes in Fredericton, Bathurst, Miramichi, Campbellton, Edmundston, Woodstock and St. Stephen. According to a CUPW union representative the main issue has been health and safety conditions and pay inequality between rural and urban letter carriers. Canada Post states that it has offered to increase wages, job security, and improve benefits.
    There are 376 vacant nursing positions in the two New Brunswick health networks. The Horizon network expects to hire 320 nurses a year over the next five years. The province has a shortage of 46 medical specialists.
  • Start date: 2018-10-29, End date: 2018-11-02
    Week of Oct 29 - Nov 02, 2018

    About 10 new ambulance paramedics will soon begin working in New Brunswick, which has an acute shortage of workers in this field. These paramedics are the first to complete the French training offered by the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) in Campbellton.
    Saint John will host a job fair on November 7 aimed to help match newcomers with employers. The Connect & Settle Hiring Fair for International Students & Newcomers saw 203 job seekers last year. Enterprise Saint John states that there are more than 650 jobs listed as unfilled in the Saint John region.
    The Codiac Regional RCMP plans to hire five new Mounties and shift five administrative positions to front-line officer roles next year. Statistics Canada reports that Codiac has one of the smallest contingents of officers per capita in Canada.
    NB Liquor reported its second quarter sales in 2018 were up 4.9% compared to the same period last year, with sales totaling $128.9M for the three months. Sales of coolers and ciders increased 15.7%, beer 4.1%, wine rose 2.9% and spirits jumped 4.1%.
  • Start date: 2018-10-22, End date: 2018-10-26
    Week of Oct 22 - Oct 26, 2018

    The City of Moncton is making a $2.5M donation to the University of Moncton over 10 years. This contribution will help create an integration fund for international students and a fund for the Centre d'études acadiennes to digitize its archives.
    Some New Brunswick hospitals must suspend obstetric services due to a staff shortage. Chaleur Regional Hospital and Upper Valley Hospital in Wakefield had to send women due to give birth to neighbouring hospitals.
    Opportunities NB states that job growth in the cannabis sector has exceeded expectations, with almost 1,000 cannabis-related jobs already created. Cannabis NB employs 330 staff. The agency expects there could be nearly 3,000 cannabis-related jobs by 2022.
    The Paramedic Association of New Brunswick (PANB) has issued a report with 35 recommendations to improve ambulance service in the province. Suggestions include having dispatch and monitoring performed by a government-operated agency and allowing vacant positions to be awarded permanently on the basis of seniority, not language.
    Officials with Cannabis NB report that the province sold $940K worth of marijuana through its 20 stores and website in the first 48 hours of legalization. Moncton-based Organigram, which is a marijuana supplier to Cannabis NB, stated that initial demand was higher than expected and had requests for more product by the second day.
    Costco will be the first anchor tenant at Granite Centre, when it opens next month in Moncton at the corner of Elmwood Drive and the TransCanada highway. The retail complex is in the process of securing additional retailers, such as Home Hardware as well.

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