Here is a summary of the companies where jobs were created and others were lost during the month of March 2019.
Canopy Growth received a production license from Health Canada for its facility in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The company has the green light to start producing 5,000 kg of legal cannabis annually. More than 130 new jobs will be created in Fredericton.
Based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, PAL Aerospace has just won a $ 128-million contract from the Canadian government to conduct maritime surveillance to fight illegal fishing. This mandate will allow the company to create about 100 new jobs in Atlantic Canada and British Columbia.
Shaker Cuisine and Mixologie, a growing Quebec chain, will open a brand new store on the boulevard Saint-Laurent, in Montreal, in the former Buonanotte building. This tartar, cocktails and gourmet burgers restaurant will have 270 indoor seats and a terrace. About 80 new jobs will be created.
Miralis, a manufacturer of kitchen cabinets in Saint-Anaclet-de-Lessard (Bas-Saint-Laurent), will invest $ 7.4 million in the automation of its production. Instead of eliminating jobs, however, this project will create 25 new ones in the next year.
Laurentian Bank’s ambition to focus on online and business services at the expense of retail counter service is pushing the banking institution to reduce its workforce by 10%: 350 jobs will be cut in Quebec.
In Montreal, a call center of the US company TTEC will eliminate 212 positions by the end of April. The company mentions the loss of a major customer to justify these dismissals. Note: TTEC bought Inelka in 2016, the company co-founded by the former Dragon François Lambert.
March was a difficult month for call centers. In Rouyn-Noranda, Nordia announced that it “will definitively close its doors” in December 2019, for lack of profitability, which will result in the loss of 88 jobs.
Faced with reduced production forecasts, Iamgold announced the layoff of almost one-third of its workers at the Westwood gold mine in Preissac (Abitibi-Témiscamingue). Between 200 and 220 employees could be affected by this restructuring.
Internationally, the automotive giant Volkswagen has announced its intention to eliminate between 5,000 and 7,000 positions by 2023 to give itself enough financial leeway to migrate its activities to the electric car and autonomous.