Review of Hirings and Layoffs – October 2017

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


Quebec’s Minister of Health and Social Service, Gaétan Barrette, announced in October new regional medical staffing plans. More than 200 new positions will be added in Quebec’s hospitals over the next three years.

Good news for the city of Waterloo, Ontario, where the Shopify Canadian online sales platform has decided to locate to develop new services and set up the necessary workforce. As many as 500 new jobs are planned.

The Toronto financial technology company Dream Payments is growing. It will create up to 125 new full time jobs in Moncton, New Brunswick, over the next four years.

As part of consolidation of the hospitals in the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Saint-Boniface Hospital has created 50 new nursing positions.

The official opening of Ilot Tourigny, in Magog, has enabled several new companies in the ICT industry to locate there. It is estimated that about 700 new jobs will be created in this infrastructure over the next five years.


It’s hard to talk about jobs in October without mentioning the final liquidation of the big retailer Sears Canada which is putting 12,000 people out the door before closing once and for all. Close to 150 stores will disappear.

Five thousand people will be losing their jobs at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, both in the United States and abroad. The computer company is slimming down, which will affect 10% of its global workforce.

Automation is taking its victims. To balance losses caused by raising the minimum wage in Ontario, Metro is investing in automating its processes as of 2021, which will lead to the loss of 280 jobs.

Home Capital Group, a lending company, has announced that it has cut 65 jobs to reduce costs. This drain will let it save $15 million per year.

Big wave of lay-offs at Loblaw: 500 office workers are losing their jobs across the country (Montreal, Halifax, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary) in order to reduce the supermarket company’s costs and improve efficiency.

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