Summary of hirings and dismissals – January 2019

Here is a summary of the companies where jobs were created and others were lost during the month of January 2019.


The electric car is gaining popularity, and the Quebec manufacturer of charging stations, AddÉnergie, will invest $ 30 million over the next few years to continue its growth and develop new markets in Canada and the United States. Projects that could create up to 130 new jobs.

In the spring of 2019, Desjardins will open a new customer relations center in Rimouski. 20 new jobs will be created this year, and Desjardins wants to add 20 more in two to three years. These new employees will primarily sell certain financial products, such as RRSPs, TFSAs and guaranteed investments.

Jefo, a company specializing in the field of high-performance nutritional solutions for animals, will undertake in 2019 the construction of a new building in Saint-Hyacinthe. The addition of two production lines will create 20 new jobs in the short term and 60 in the long term.

Evolupak, a Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu company specializing in thermoformed food packaging, is embarking on an expansion project to double its size. Twenty employees will be added to the fifty already in place.

The announcement of the opening of an office in Montreal of the Japanese company Denso, which specializes in auto parts, has made Quebec Premier François Legault, Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante and the Federal Minister of Infrastructure François-Philippe Champagne meet and come together… all this to announce the creation of 5 jobs in the field of artificial intelligence. What’s more, no Denso representative was on hand to talk about it!


It is undoubtedly the most iconic biscuit in Quebec, however the famous Whippet will leave the province in 2020. The Dare plant in Saint-Lambert, which manufactures these popular biscuits, will close in 2020. 275 workers will have to find a new job.

Cannabis NB, the provincial Crown corporation responsible for the sale of cannabis products in New Brunswick, announced in January that it must lay off 55 employees, just three months after the opening of the province’s 20 branches. The reason: Cannabis NB is just adjusting to the real market demand.

The Morrison mine, which mines nickel, copper and precious metals in the Greater Sudbury area, had to lay off some 120 people due to, among other things, the depletion of ore and falling metal prices. “Mining is no longer profitable,” said the managing director of KGHM, the company that operates the mine.

The Manitoba government’s ambition to privatize highway maintenance will push dozens of Manitoba Infrastructure employees out of work. This announcement is part of a broader perspective: the Manitoba government has promised to cut no less than 1,200 public service jobs.

As the conquest of space is not a long quiet river: the company SpaceX, founded by the boss of Tesla Elon Musk, will lay off 10% of its workforce of 6,000 employees. The company is seeking to create a space Internet and deploying, over the next few years, around 12,000 satellites.

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