Review of Hirings and Layoffs – February 2018

Here is a summary of companies where jobs were created and others were lost during February 2018.


1. A hub for maritime commerce, the Port of Montreal is launching construction of a new container terminal on the banks of Contrecoeur. This facility will allow the hiring of 5000 construction workers, and 1000 people for its operation.

2. Thanks to financial assistance of $1.8 million from the Canadian government, four companies in the Laurentians – Foliot Furniture, PAMA Manufacturing, Trica and HUWIZ Solutions – will be able to create more than 150 jobs and launch large-scale projects.

3. The renovation sector has the wind in its sails with Lowe’s Canada on the move to achieve its busiest season. The parent company of Lowe’s, RONA, Réno-Dépôt, Marcil, Dick’s Lumber and Ace plans to hire close to 1800 people in Quebec, part-time, full-time and seasonal.

4. The renovation sector is definitely in good shape since, as of this fall, the Canac hardware chain plans to open a new store in Shawinigan. Eight million dollars is expected to be invested in the project, and 90 jobs should be created.

5. Revenu Québec is seeking 75 experts in international taxation. The revenue agency wants to create a team dedicated to combating tax evasion.



1. Sad news from the frozen pizza maker Dr. Oetker, which announced the closing of its Grand-Sault plant in New Brunswick. By the end of May, 180 jobs will be abolished.

2. The digital transformation is impacting Corus Entertainment of the Global News network. To focus its efforts on developing its web presence, the media company will be eliminating 80 positions within its traditional television production teams.

3. Another disappointment in the media world is Torstar, notably the owner of the daily Toronto Star, which has just let 13 employees go. This new shrinkage of jobs takes place a few months after the transaction between Postmedia and Torstar, which led to the elimination of 290 jobs.

4. Nothing seems to be working any more for motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson. After its revenue fell 5.8% in 2017, the company has struggled to boost sales. As a result, the Kansas City plant is closing, obliging 800 people to lose their jobs.

5. Another American giant is  in turmoil – the American agri-food multinational Campbell. In the absence of increased sales, the manufacturing plant in Toronto will cease operations by 2019. About 380 jobs will be eliminated.

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