Review of Hirings and Layoffs – December 2016



  1. The multimedia entertainment studios Moment Factory will invest nearly $7.9 million and will also receive financial assistance of more than $2.6 million from Quebec City to create 350 jobs over three years and train its specialized workforce.


  1. Lowe's Canada officials say they have created about 200 jobs in Quebec since they acquired Rona earlier this year. Although they have not made any clear commitment, their goal of doubling the profitability of their Canadian operations within the next five years suggests that they will create even more jobs in the future.



  1. Total Metal Recovery received $70 million in funding from private investors to build a metal recycling plant that will be inaugurated in early 2017 in Laval's new 25-440 industrial park. This project will create 70 new jobs.



  1. IBM will launch a proximity centre in Montreal next summer in the Innovation Quarter. The IT company will create up to 500 consulting jobs within five years and has already hired 44 specialists since its inception.



  1. Food processing company Jus Dose has settle into a newly created factory in the Technopole of Saint-Hyacinthe. The installation work has just been completed and houses a 4,000-square foot production unit. The result: a dozen jobs will be created and others are planned in the medium term.





  1. Mondelez, formerly Kraft, announced that it would gradually cease operations at its Christie biscuit plant in Montreal, and it will do so by the end of 2017. The result: 454 workers will lose their jobs.


  1. SNC-Lavalin laid off 405 employees, including engineers, technicians and office employees, in Canada, 186 of which were in Montreal. The mining sector took the hardest hit, accounting for 70% of jobs lost.



  1. The communications giant Rogers Communications laid off 27 full-time employees in its English-language digital media and publishing divisions. The news came shortly after announcing the departure of almost all their staff at their French-language publications, L'actualité, Châtelaine and Loulou.



  1. The Chaudière-Appalaches Health and Social Services Center (CISSS) announced a restructuring of its workforce for its project to centralize the OPTILAB laboratories, cutting 28 full-time medical technology positions at its Saint-Georges de Beauce centre.



  1. The City of Quebec intends to cut management out by eliminating nine positions in 2017 and another 19 between 2019 and 2021. The City will redistribute the responsibilities to other boroughs to save $21.5 million over five years.


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