Review of hirings and layoffs – October 2018

Here is a review of the companies where jobs were created and others were lost in October 2018.


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau officially launched the construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge, which will link Highway 401 in Ontario to I-75 in Michigan. This major bridge, which will cost nearly $ 6 billion, is expected to be ready in 2024 and could create up to 2,500 jobs.

TransLink, the Greater Vancouver Transportation Agency, wants to expand its services, but faces a shortage of bus drivers. The agency wants to hire no less than 500 drivers by 2019. A bunch of high-paying jobs at $ 40 an hour.

The new North American Free Trade Agreement risks making the Port of Montreal more crowded, so much so that the Maritime Employers Association plans to hire 50 new longshoremen by the end of 2018. With the hiring of 65 employees in September, this is a record hiring wave for the Port of Montreal.

Resolute Forest Products is investing $ 40 million to upgrade its facilities in northwestern Ontario, including its Thunder Bay facility. These projects will create 25 new jobs in the region.

Thanks to a $ 3.4 million investment from the federal government, Coulson Aircrane, a water-bombing aircraft manufacturing company based in Port Alberni, British Columbia, will be able to implement a research and development project that will create up to 15 new highly skilled jobs.


In the Yukon, the Minto copper mine, which has been on sale for some time, will close because it has not been sold. 200 employees were laid off. The owners of the mine also invoked the decline in the price of copper to explain his decision. This was the last mine in operation in the Yukon. 

Months go by and are similar in the media sector. In October, the Saguenay newspapers Le Progrès and Le Quotidien closed their printing press. The printing of newspapers, which was done in Saguenay since 1887, will now be done in Quebec City. The measure will result in the loss of some 20 jobs

Ontario Northland is to temporarily lay off 24 employees at its North Bay plant due to the suspension of a contract. The company did not specify when dismissed employees will be able to return to their jobs. 

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