An assessment of the companies that have hired and laid off employees during the month of November 2015.
1. The regions of Montmagny and L'Islet are looking to fill 300 positions in their factories, for jobs including machinists, welders, polishers and pressmen. As a recruitment tactic, the Local Development Centre of the Montmagny MRC has offered these jobs to Edmundston workers, the second largest French-speaking agglomeration outside Quebec.
2. The Alcoa aluminum smelter has created 30 jobs in the Portneuf region by developing of a new training program in the workplace with its operators. The Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity has partially financed the investment of $391,000 required to implement the program.
3. At the Mont-Tremblant center, the construction of a new Familiprix pharmacy has created fifteen part-time jobs. The opening date has not yet been announced, with a $1.5 million investment currently at the foundation stage.
4. IKEA has chosen to open its latest collection center in Kitchener, where regional customers will be able to pick up their orders or receive help tackling their renovation projects. Between 30 and 35 employees are being sought for the center.
5. Canada Goose will open a second manufacturing facility in Winnipeg, creating 350 jobs over the next 18 months. This is good news for the clothing manufacturing industry, which has lost 12,000 jobs in the country since 2010.
1. TELUS will be cutting 1,500 full-time jobs in Canada over the coming quarters as a way of reducing costs. Most departures will be voluntary, reassured the company. Many will leave on early retirement.
2. Bell Media has laid off 110 workers in Montreal and 270 others in Toronto to simplify its organizational structure and reduce its post-salary expenditures. Those affected by the cuts were contacted over the last month.
3. TVA Publications has eliminated six publications from its roaster (Décormag, magazine Animal, Le Lundi, Moi & Cie, 150 plans et Signé M). Twenty-five employees have lost their jobs as a result of this consolidation strategy, which, according to the company, aims at optimizing the scope of its ‘strong’ brands.
4. Devon Energy has reduced its workforce by 15% by eliminating 200 jobs in its Calgary offices and oil fields in northern Alberta. With many projects having been completed, including the heavy oil site in Fort McMurray, the layoffs were expected.
5. The multinational firm Kraft Heinz will be closing seven of its plants and cutting 2,600 jobs over the next 24 months in Canada and the US in order to consolidate its production. The decision notably affects the St. Mary’s, Ontario region, where one of the operating factories will be closing.