Review of Hirings and Layoffs – December 2017

Here is a review of businesses that have announced hirings and layoffs during December 2017.


Establishing its North American headquarters in Montreal, the French company Zenika intends to hire 50 people within three years, especially in research and development. In France, this technology, managerial and organizational innovation firm ranked third in 2017 among the best companies to work for. Applicants should be pouring in!

Quebec lettuce producer Vegpro is continuing its conquest of Canadian territory by purchasing land in Coldstream, British Columbia. Vegpro plans to increase its production of lettuce on this land and build a processing plant. Over the next three years, 200 jobs are expected to be created.

With a repayable contribution from the Economic Development Agency of Canada, Neopharm Labs, a pharmaceutical products laboratory, plans to take on more than 25 new members in its staff.

The scarcity of labour on the market is weighing on Olymel‘s growth. The company is seeking 530 new employees across the country by February 2018. This massive hiring is intended to support the growth of the meat processing specialist.

A new Primeau Vélo store is planned for opening in April 2018 in Blainville. Thirty new jobs will be created in the first year. In addition, this new location will also host the company’s headquarters.


The Davie Shipyard in Lévis has let go 281 employees, and 400 other positions are in the hot seat. The shipyard faces tough competition from companies in Halifax and Vancouver, and is suffering from the cancellation of a government contract for construction of a second supply ship.

Desiring to restructure its organization, the Sobeys grocery chain has eliminated 800 jobs across Canada. This abolition of positions will affect the company’s offices.

Vale Mining is temporarily stopping its activity at the Coleman mine, which is resulting in the layoff of 300 employees. These unemployed people are expected to return to their jobs at the end of January. The mine ceased operations at the beginning of November to carry out work on the ventilation ducts.

The new head of Cenovus Energy, an oil company headquartered in Alberta, wants to shorten its divestment program to two years, rather than three, as planned by former management. To do this, the company will reduce its workforce by 15%. Between 500 and 700 employees and contractors are expected to lose their jobs.

Close to 12,000 jobs will be eliminated by General Electric worldwide. The giant is facing a downturn in its activities due to the decline in demand for fossil fuel-fired power plants. In November, General Electric announced that its La Prairie plant would close in June 2018, resulting in the loss of 200 jobs.


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