Review of hirings and layoffs – November 2017

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



The Club Auto company has announced plans to create 150 jobs in Moncton, New Brunswick, over the next five years. The company plans to expand its customer experience management service with key players in the automotive industry.

Business is good at Bombardier – Quebec’s astronautics flagship will be hiring around 1,000 new employees to complete production of its Global 7000 twin-engine business jet. The carpenters, cabinetmakers and upholsterers that Bombardier will be hiring over the next 18 months will produce the aircraft’s interior finish.

One thousand seems to be November’s number. Indeed, Amazon, the online commerce giant, has announced this month that it also plans to create 1,000 new jobs in Vancouver, British Columbia, by 2020. Lease of a 4,500 square metre building will be necessary for space for all these people.

Vancouver is getting some great news. To “support the growth of the British Columbia technology ecosystem,” Microsoft will be creating 50 jobs in the Mixed Reality market. This announcement comes at a time when the province is seeking to build its digital economy.

Lepage Millwork, a manufacturer of high-end doors and windows in Rivière-du-Loup, has great plans for expansion thanks to a government loan of 9.6 million dollars. The plant will be enlarged and will soon accommodate 105 new employees, who will contribute to production of new products able to compete with American products.



Constantly declining ad revenues are forcing management of Bell Media to drop the axe on its workforce. At least 50 people will be made redundant during a major restructuring in TV and radio stations across the country.

Barbie is safe, but Mattel nonetheless doesn’t foresee a rosy future. An era of austerity has been announced for the American toy manufacturer, which will have to eliminate jobs, close plants and get rid of 40% of its brands in order to save 650 million US dollars by 2019. How many jobs exactly? Where? What trades? We don’t know at the moment.

Times are tough for General Electric. The aircraft engine and turbine manufacturer will have to restructure its divisions and in the process eliminate thousands of jobs to reduce costs. GE did not provide any details about the regions concerned nor the exact number of jobs lost.

Since its contract for construction of the new Champlain Bridge has come to an end, the Canam Group has laid off some forty people in ten of its plants, including those in Quebec City and Saint-Gédéon-de-Beauce, in early November. The manufacturer built caissons that are part of the bridge’s steel superstructure.

Bombardier is unfortunately not doing well everywhere on the planet. The company will have to eliminate 280 administrative positions in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in line with its restructuring plan announced a year ago, which aims to eliminate 7,500 positions and reduce costs.

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