A Review of Hirings and Layoffs – May 2016

A review of the companies that have hired and laid off employees for the month of May 2016.

1. After four rounds of layoffs, Bell Helicopter is back on track by bringing in its US operations, resulting in the creation of a hundred jobs in Mirabel.


2. The Professional Aboriginal Testing Organization (PLATO) is providing a unique opportunity for Aboriginal computer enthusiasts by establishing a 100% Aboriginal hiring policy. The initiative should create 145 jobs.


3. Fusion is too often synonymous with rationalization. Not this time: by merging with Radix, the automotive mold manufacturer Active Industrial Solutions expects to create 400 jobs.


4. Guardian Bridge, a family-run business in St. Mary’s which builds ‘green’ bridges, is growing. The company has moved into the old Dana site and expects to create 150 jobs.


ScreenHunter_2691-May-27-11-59.jpg5. The conservative revolt against all that is science is past history: Fisheries and Oceans Canada has announced the hiring of 135 scientists across the country.




1. The oil downturn continues to claim its victims: EVRAZ announced a layoff of 130 employees, while waiting to see if the economy improves.


2. The newspaper business has been struggling for years to find the right revenue model. Transcontinental has cut 54 positions in its sales department as part of a reorganization of its weekly newspapers.


3. Bell Mobility took advantage of lower requests for phone support (11% last year) to lay off a hundred employees at its call center in Dorval.


4. With nursing shortages across the country, St. Boniface Hospital cut 51 nursing positions in the wake of the restructuring of its cardiac care unit.


5. Following its buyback of Téléphone Upton, Téléphone Saint-Éphrem and La Compagnie de téléphone de Saint-Victor, Maskatel Group has decided to repatriate its various call centres in its offices in Saint-Hyacinthe. Consequence: 15 layoffs.


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