Layoffs and Hirings – April 2016



1. Good news for Francophones living in New Brunswick: WestJet will open a bilingual call center in Moncton, adding over 400 new jobs over the next four years.


2. Still in Moncton, OrganiGram will create 100 new jobs to support the rising demand for medical marijuana in Canada. The New Brunswick company is one of the few authorized Health Canada producers; there are 30 in total.


3. McDonald's used its annual National Day of Hiring, April 6, to switch into intensive recruitment mode. The fast food giant is trying to fill 1465 positions in Quebec and 7000 across Canada.


4. Loblaws has announced the creation of over 15,000 new jobs, including 5,000 in-store positions for 2016. These new hires are part of an expansion plan which includes the construction of 50 new stores and the renovation of 150 others.


5. On April 18, the Morneau Group unveiled astonishing financial results for 2015, with an increase of nearly 30% in profits. It is currently in search of diesel drivers and mechanics to support its growing demands.



1. The SAQ has decided to reduce its administrative structure by 10% by eliminating 90 management positions. These cuts will be divided equally between unionized and non-union positions.


2. The fall of oil prices continues to do damage in Alberta. Due to a loss of $480 million in the fourth quarter, the petroleum companion Cenovus Energy was forced to eliminate 440 jobs, 250 workers and 190 contractors.


3. Le Château has decided to reorganize its store network to reflect the new realities of online business, on the rise in Canada. Result: 14 store closures this year and 40 over the next 3 years.


4. TVA has pulled the plug on the Argent channel. The specialized channel has ultimately failed to become profitable for the broadcaster. In addition to eliminating jobs, TVA has stated that this closure will have a direct “impact on some of the group’s employees.”


5. A new wave of layoffs at Bell Helicopter: after cutting 200 positions in February, the Mirabel-based company will be cutting another 60 posts by mid-May, due to a drop in production.

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