Hiring and Layoffs – November 2016



  1. The Montreal computer products and services firm Hypertec has announced the construction of a data processing centre for cloud computing for $71.4 million. Result: 260 jobs created in the IT sector.


  1. Hanwha, a specialist in stone flooring, will receive assistance from FedDev Ontario and the Ontario government to complete a $45.1 million modernization project. The London-based company will create 85 new jobs directly and another 100 indirectly.


  1. With the metal market no longer at its peak, the mining town of Sudbury may be pleased to see that the local Employment Resource Center is hiring 83 new people for its call centre.
  1. Ford Annex in Windsor resumes service with the production of a new car model. The assembly line will reintegrate the 280 workers previously laid off for a total of 500 new jobs being created through this revival in production.


  1. Even if the investment is not in the number of jobs being created, it’s great to learn that Google will invest $45 million in artificial intelligence research in Montreal. A welcomed return of brains!





  1. After Desjardins, BMO and the Laurentian Bank, it is the National Bank's turn to downsize, with the loss of 600 jobs due to “the digital transformation of the economy.”


  1. PotashCorp, a Saskatchewan-based potash company, is slowing its production by sending 140 workers out of a stagnant potash market.
  1. Federal infrastructure investment is still pending at WSP Global, which has laid off 450 people since the beginning of the year, partly because of the economic downturn in Alberta.
  1. The Canmec plant in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region must rebalance its labour after completing two major contracts in the hydropower sector. Consequence: 50 layoffs.


  1. Due to the reorganization of its installation and repair services, Shaw will eliminate 200 jobs across the country.


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