A review of hirings and layoffs – August 2018

Here is a review of the companies that have announced hirings and layoffs during August 2018.


1. To package and ship its products, the American online retail giant Amazon will open a warehouse of nearly 100,000 square feet in the Ottawa area. The construction of these new facilities will create more than 1,500 jobs, as well as 600 jobs after the opening.

2. In early August, the CAE flight simulator supplier, the federal government and the Quebec government announced an investment of nearly $ 1 billion in aerospace research. This program, called Digital Intelligence, which will improve training experiences, will create 400 jobs, including 355 in Montreal. The program also plans to offer 550 internships and double the number of scholarships.

3. The Kruger paper mill will build a new toilet paper mill in Sherbrooke; a $ 575 million investment that is expected to create 180 new jobs by 2021. This plant will produce approximately 70,000 metric tonnes of disposable paper. The Quebec government, through Investissement Québec, has injected $ 105 million into this project.

4. The upcoming opening of a private long-term care home in the Saint-Hubert borough in Longueuil will create nearly 150 new jobs, mainly beneficiary attendants and nurses. The Arbec Health Group, behind this project, must fill these positions quickly, as new employees will start working in September.

5. In Yamachiche, Mauricie, ATRAHAN Transformation inc. (a division of Olymel) and the Quebec government will jointly invest just over $ 3 million in a workforce training project. This project will create 314 jobs and maintain 720 positions in the region.


1. It’s been a black summer for the Davie Shipyard workers. At the end of June, the company announced the layoff of 157 employees after the end of the ferry construction contract for the Société des traversiers du Québec. This month, the chopper falls on 147 additional workers. After these dismissals, only 250 employees will remain on the Lévis shipyard.

2. After announcing the temporary layoff of 1,300 employees last April, the potash giant in Saskatchewan, Nutrien, announced in late July a new wave of layoffs: 80 permanent and temporary employees of its Vanscoy site will lose their jobs .

3. The US food company Pinnacle Foods, which produces the famous Duncan Hines cakes, will close its Laval plant. This decision, which will be effective next November, will eliminate 150 jobs.

4. Axion Technologies, which provides display solutions for trains and buses, must restructure its manufacturing operations, which will result in the layoff of 55 employees at its Lévis plant, and 22 other employees at its La Pocatière plant.

5. Heavily affected by the bankruptcy of toy retailer “R” Us, the maker of the famous Barbie doll, Mattel, will cut 2,200 jobs worldwide. The announcement comes after a particularly difficult quarter for the US company, which has embarked on a massive restructuring to save $ 650 million over the next two years.



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