Review of Hirings and Layoffs – April 2018

Here is a review of businesses that have announced hirings and layoffs during April 2018.


1. Torstar, which publishes, among other things, the Toronto Star, has just hired some 20 journalists who will be assigned to the newsrooms of the free newspapers Metro in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. This initiative aims to attract a new readership.

2. To address the health workforce shortage, the Province of New Brunswick is making a major investment by investing $ 31 million annually in the hiring of 50 specialty and family physicians.

3. F. Thériault Shipyard in Meteghan, Nova Scotia receives a $ 2 million interest-free loan from the federal government and a $ 1.5 million provincial grant. This amount will allow the company to double its production capacity and hire 40 new employees.

4. To deal with the growth in e-commerce, UPS is expanding its operations in Canada by investing more than $ 500 million in expansion of its facilities. The company also plans to hire 1,000 new employees across the country.

5. In the Levis region, six companies received a repayable contribution from the Government of Canada totaling $ 2,073,000. Robotiq Inc., Supervac, TechMed 3D inc., St-Agapit Products Inc., Pyromaître inc. and Carignan Machining Workshop inc. will be able to carry out various development projects including the creation of 36 new positions.


1. Due to modernization, the Montreal manufacturer of fermented tea RISE Kombucha had to separate from 30% of its employees despite its strong growth. Automation has increased production, but has rendered some tasks obsolete.

2. Agri-food giant Kraft Heinz has decided to gradually close its Vaudreuil-Dorion distribution center. Approximately 100 people will lose their jobs by 2019. The company wants to refocus its distribution activities in Milton, Ontario.

3. In the entertainment sector, Cineplex cinemas are restructuring. A hundred employees should be laid off. The company wants to reduce duplicate positions as a result of acquisitions, but also reduce costs by $ 25 million a year.

4. Times are tough at automakers. General Motors (GM) has announced a halving of its headcount in a plant in Ohio. In total, 1,500 people lost their jobs. This decision is motivated by the decline in production of compact cars in the United States

5. Big breakup at Bombardier. The aircraft and train manufacturer maintains its seven production and development sites for the Transport division in Germany, but will have to separate 2,200 people by 2020.


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