A Review of Hirings and Layoffs for May 2015


 1. Framestore Studios, a London company, is settling into Montreal and brings with it 150 new jobs.


 2. The Montérégie region is 35 jobs richer thanks to the expansion of Symbiose Centre Contact Client in Longueuil, a call center specializing in customer service. A government loan of $800,000 has helped support the organization’s growth phase.


 3. Venmar, the HVAC company recently rebranded as Nortek Air Solutions, is expanding its business in Saint-Léonard-d'Aston and wants to hire 100 people.


 4. Medicago, a biopharmaceutical business in Quebec, will build a new plant in Estimauville, creating 200 new jobs. The company specializes in the development of new vaccines made from plants.


 5. New Forest Industries plans to build a new plant for the manufacturing of wooden pallets in Drummondville, which will create 125 new jobs in the forestry sector.




 1. GM Canada has announced plans to cut its Oshawa workforce by 1,000 people this year, because it has invested its efforts in the United States.


 2. Bombardier Aerospace has also cut mass employment. The company has laid off 1,000 people in Montreal and 750 others elsewhere due to slow demands.


 3. Rogers Media has laid off more than 100 people in the last month, most at its OMNI multicultural network, another sign that original news reports are disappearing.


 4. The ax has fallen on the Montreal School Board. Large budget compressions as part of the government’s austerity plans will mean that at least 175 positions will be cut.


 5. The land of aluminum suffers: Between 110 and 170 employees of Rio Tinto Alcan in Montreal will lose their jobs by the end of the year.


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