Here is a summary of the companies where jobs were created and others were lost in September 2019.
Amazon has announced plans to open a new order processing center in Scarborough, Ontario. The one million square foot warehouse, heavily robotic, will still need to hire no less than 600 new full-time employees. This will be Amazon’s twelfth fulfillment center in Canada.
Mitsubishi Aircraft, the aerospace division of the Japanese giant, will invest up to $ 135 million to open a research and development center in Boisbriand. This project is expected to create 250 new quality jobs, including about 100 in the first year. The Japanese company chose the Greater Montreal region because of the presence of several other players in the aviation industry.
The City of Calgary is rolling out the red carpet for Finger Food Advanced Technology Group, a technology solutions provider founded in 2009 in Coquitlam, British Columbia. Calgary has invested $ 3.5 million in this venture, which will open a technology center that will create 200 new jobs.
In mid-September, Royer, a manufacturer of shoes and work boots, officially inaugurated its new Sherbrooke plant. This project, of more than $ 10 million, will allow the company to quintuple its production. It plans to create some 30 new jobs within the next three years.
The Government of Quebec has announced $ 10.2 million in financial assistance to the Trois-Rivières company Les Menthes Rito, a support that will allow the company ravaged by a fire a year ago to “be reborn from the ashes “. The reopening of this company specializing in the manufacture of mints, founded in 1957, will consolidate 57 jobs before the fire, and create 25 new.
While a strike is severely affecting General Motors’ operations in the United States, several of the auto giant’s Canadian plants, and some suppliers are feeling the pinch. These include factories that have to supply US factories on strike, or those that are waiting for parts from the United States. The Unifor union estimates that about 5,000 workers in Canada have been temporarily laid off because of the labor dispute with our neighbors to the south.
In mid-September, the Meuble Idéal factory in Saint-Charles-de-Bellechasse closed its doors after 71 years of existence. After losing Sears in 2017, a major customer, the company failed to recover. 90 people will lose their jobs.
In Warwick, Roland Boulanger, a manufacturer of moldings and wood components, is facing a series of layoffs due to significant loss of orders. 80 people will lose their jobs, while a hundred will remain in office.
Transcontinental has been turning away from the media sector for a few years. After selling magazines, regional weeklies and the Métro Montréal daily, it’s now time for a series of specialized publications, including Les Affaires, to change hands. Two companies, Contex Group and Newcom Media, acquired the company’s specialized publications and event activities. These transactions resulted in about twenty redundancies.