Review of Hirings and Layoffs – August 2017

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


 1. The Montreal computer group CGI is currently reorganizing its workforce. To meet its needs for a workforce specializing in digital, automation, cybersecurity and cloud computing, the company plans to hire 200 new workers in its Montreal subsidiary and more than 3,000 globally.

2. A revival of activity is planned for Resolute Forest Products’ Alma division. After being closed for two years, the paper company has announced that it intends to restart the machine this fall, creating about thirty jobs.

3. In the Eastern Townships, over one hundred jobs are expected to be created. An agreement has been reached between the Owl’s Head Ski Resort and the Corporation Sommet Memphrémagog. The investor group plans to inject some $200 million over the next few years for renovation of the ski chalets, creation of new ski slopes and purchases of new equipment. This sale, which should be completed soon, would create 150 jobs.

4. Good news for two innovative companies in Saint-Eustache! Financial assistance from the Government of Canada, under the Skills and Innovation Plan, will allow HRT Industries Inc. and Traffic Innovation Inc. to develop their activities and consolidate several dozen jobs while creating five new positions.

5. 70 new jobs could be created in Lac-Brome thanks to a construction project to build a pig slaughterhouse. The municipality made the announcement, which is currently reviewing the project’s viability. If construction of the plant is approves, $35 million would be invested by developers.



 1. Following a significant decline in profits, the Quebec company Aimia has announced the abolition of 200 positions. Known for its Aeroplan program, it currently has 2,300 employees. It wants to return to the path of growth by signing new partnerships.

2. Although it will continue operations in the country, FedEx has announced that it will be physically withdrawing from Canada. A total of 24 boutique stores, a plant in Markham and the head office in Toronto are closing their doors. 214 jobs are being eliminated.

3. The Telecoms giant Ericsson could cut 25,000 jobs worldwide. The poor health of the market is forcing the group to cut coses, the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet reports. Ericsson has a research and development centre in Montreal that employs close to 1700 people.

4. In Drummondville, the company Ledvance has to let 30 to 35 people go, following a 15% contraction in its business. The plant employs 115 people and specializes in manufacturing fluorescent tubes.

5. In Sherbrooke, Neptune Technologies is unfortunately ceasing activities. Unable to meet excessive international competition, the manufacturer of krill oil has sold its intellectual property rights to Aker BioMarine, a Norwegian company. This closure is leading to laying off some fifty people.

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