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


After the lifting of the moratorium that froze hiring at the Estrie University Center for Integrated Health and Social Services – Sherbrooke University Hospital (CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS), close to 350 positions will be posted in the coming weeks and until autumn, especially in the administrative and clinical areas.

The Rio Tinto Alcan aluminum plant in Arvida plans to hire some 40 workers during this summer, in order to fill the expected retirements for this period. These hirings will help “maintain stability of operations and manpower”.

The French advertising agency Groupe Havas has announced thi month that it will implement its new Center for Innovation in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Montreal. About 60 expert positions in data science, user experience design and customer experience programming will be created in three years to develop real-world applications for advertisers.

Siemens, a technology multinational, will open a new cyber security center in Fredericton, New Brunswick. This opening will create up to 30 jobs in engineering, cyber analysis and consulting by 2020.

On the Québec region’s side, good news for the Gaspésie rail sector: thanks to contracts signed with LM Wind Power in Gaspé and Ciment McInnis in Port-Daniel, the Gaspésie Railway Company will increase its workforce from 20 to 30 people.


Radical crash in the aviation world after a few years of financial difficulties: the British industrial group Rolls-Royce, a jet engine manufacturer for Airbus and Boeing, plans to cut 4,600 jobs by 2020, in order to revive world leader in long-haul aircraft engines.

Closer to home, in Ontario, Groupe Média TFO has just eliminated 19 positions. Decreasing cable revenues and increased costs explain this necessary approach.

In Caraquet, Acadia, the crab industry is going through tough times: with fewer fisheries than expected, about 50 people working at the Ishiboshi crab processing plant will lose their jobs in the short term.

More than 4000 Tesla employees will have to find something else to put food on the table. Elon Musk told them by email that due to new profitability targets, nearly 9% of the total workforce will be laid off.

Another month in which the media world continues to lose its feathers: Toronto-based Rogers Communications is cutting 75 full-time positions in its digital content and publishing team. The losses of advertising revenues are of course evoked to explain this important puncture.

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