A Review of Hirings and Layoffs for March 2016




1. Yellow Pages Group is now more than just a directory. The digital shift initiated by the company a few years ago will generate investments of $155 million in Montreal, and create 350 jobs over the next three years. Half of these jobs will be in media, technology and marketing, and the other half in customer service.



2. By the end of the year, 230 new employees will join the 500 already employed by Optel Vision, a pharmaceutical technology company headquartered in Quebec City. The company will invest $7 million and will double in size.



3. IBM is developing its computer security division in Fredericton, New Brunswick, a project expected to create 100 full-time jobs over the next three years. Better news than in France, where the company announced it is cutting 360 jobs…




4. Spectra Premium, the auto parts manufacturing company based on the South Shore, is taking advantage of the weak Canadian dollar and therefore plans to hire 100 new employees in 2016.4. 


5. Patrick Morin Home Centres have announced they are opening a new branch, but the 300 new positions they are creating will be distributed throughout its 20 branches across Canada. Between 70 and 80 will be permanent, while the others will be seasonal.





1. In mid-March, Avon announced its intention of moving its offices to the UK to enjoy “more flexible” tax benefits. The result: up to 2 500 jobs will be cut in North America.



2. Saputo has announced it will be closing its facilities in Princeville (Quebec), Sydney (Nova Scotia) and Ottawa (Ontario), a measure of “operational efficiency” that will put 230 employees out of work by the end of 2017.



3. Because of a misunderstanding between the Quebec Ferry Association and Chantier Davie, the latter has to lay off 189 employees working in the construction of a ferries linking Tadoussac to Baie-Sainte-Catherine.



4. The oil decline has found its new victim. After cutting more than 300 jobs last year, oil and gas company Nexen, based in Calgary, has announced it is cutting a further 120 jobs.




5. The wind sector has also floundering. Sixty Fabrication Delta employees have lost their jobs in New Richmond, Gaspesie. In addition, 45 Enercon employees will be laid off this summer due to a lack of orders.



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