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The following news present significant events from the past four weeks that may affect the supply and demand in the labour force in New Brunswick.

Moncton is reporting a significant surge in building permit for the second quarter with 437 permits issued representing a combined total of $92.2M. The permits are related to institutional and government infrastructure, to commercial and industrial construction and to residential sector.

  • Other type of event
  • Construction
  • Added on 2024-07-08
  • Moncton–Richibucto Region, NB

The New Brunswick Federation of Labour is joining other organizations in calling for a public inquiry into the travel nurse contracts after founding inadequacies, mismanagement and a lack of co-operation from the Vitalité Health Authority.

  • Other type of event
  • Health care and social assistance
  • Added on 2024-07-08
  • New Brunswick

Fredericton councillors agreed to sell historic building “Lemont House” valued at $475K for $1K to State Street Properties provided to create rental housing for its 17 apartments units below the average new construction rental rates.

  • Other type of event
  • Construction
  • Added on 2024-07-09
  • Fredericton–Oromocto, NB

After around 20 years without taxi service, it is returning to Caraquet with Go Taxi, a company that owns around 10 vehicles. The goal is to extend service to the entire Acadian Peninsula.

  • Other type of event
  • Transportation and warehousing
  • Added on 2024-07-11
  • Campbellton–Miramichi Region, NB

The shutdown of NB Power’s Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station has been extended due to an issue with the generator. As a reminder, the plant that generates 38% of the province’s electricity has been shut down since April.

Elphège & Norbert LeBlanc, a fish processing plant was destroyed by fire in Petit-Cap. MLA for Shediac, Beaubassin and Cap-Pele says that more than 50 jobs have been lost in the area and express his concern about the number of fires in the area.

  • Other type of event
  • Manufacturing
  • Added on 2024-07-09
  • Moncton–Richibucto Region, NB

Multiple contracts were awarded to construction and site development companies in the Saint-Hilaire area in the Town of Haut-Madawaska. The contracts include projects for a pumping station, the installation of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing components, and the purchase of a filtration system. These projects will restore residents’ access to drinking water by the end of the year.

After a bad season last year, blueberry farmers are expecting an early and abundant season that can start end-of-July instead of the usual early August. However, the pick-up can be affected by the delay of the Caribbean workers that are affected by Hurricane Beryl effects.

  • Other type of event
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
  • Added on 2024-07-08
  • New Brunswick

The Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) received $2M from the federal and provincial governments to recruit and retain international Francophone students. As the province’s only French-language college, the CCNB has a 48% international student body. This year, the college's target is to welcome 730 first-year students.

The herring fishing quota will be decreased by 24% for the 2024–2027 seasons. This new reduction affects southwestern Nova Scotia and the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick with a total allowable catch of 16,000 tonnes.

  • Other type of event
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
  • Added on 2024-07-05
  • New Brunswick

With the introduction of the Canadian Dental Care Plan and historic growth in New Brunswick’s population, increasing from 777,500 in 2019 to 860,000 in 2024, the number of dentists remains stable. Of these dentists, 40% are over 50 years old, and there are very few new recruits. The situation is the same for dental assistants and hygienists.

Horizon Health is working on a new pilot project which it hopes will enable the ER at the Sussex Health Centre to be open 24/7. The hospital hopes to use nurse practitioners, respiratory care technicians and advanced care paramedics to restore ER service.

  • Other type of event
  • Health care and social assistance
  • Added on 2024-07-05
  • Moncton–Richibucto Region, NB
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  • Week of 2024-06-28 to 2024-07-04
    • Edmundston opened a private cataract surgery clinic on July 8. Vitalité Health is partnering with the Edmundston Medical and Surgical Eye Center to address long wait times. Patients do not pay for the surgery and Vitalité will determine patient priority.
    • N.B. Power believes it can repurpose the Belledune coal-fired generating station to burn local wood, which carries no carbon costs and would allow the facility to stay open under federal carbon policies. Belledune is a major employer and source of revenue.
    • NB Power received approval from the Department of Environment and local government to use glyphosate-free herbicides on 1,000 hectares of land under its transmission lines. The work is being carried out by approved contractors, mainly in the southern and western areas of the province. The project is expected to be complete in August.

      L'Acadie Nouvelle ( (available in French only)
    • Eastlink is a Nova Scotian company specializing in wireless internet and telecommunications. The company is expanding in New Brunswick by opening a store in Tracadie and installing three antennas. The goal is to complete its network along the Acadian Peninsula between Tracadie and Miramichi by installing 15 towers by this fall.

      L'Acadie Nouvelle ( (available in French only)
    • The Municipality of Memramcook approved the project to create Adeo-Rose Alley, which could include 57 new housing units across 16 buildings. The project could also include two semi-detached units to meet the needs of the municipality.

      L'Acadie Nouvelle ( (available in French only)
    • The Government of New Brunswick took possession of the former Smurfit-Stone paperboard mill in Bathurst after it had been put up for auction. In fact, there were no bids for the property, which is comprised of three plots of land. However, a 30-day redemption period is in effect.

      L'Acadie Nouvelle ( (available in French only)
    • Collective agreement negotiations have broken down between the N.B. government and the union that represents 2,100 workers such as labourers, park employees, mechanics, tradespeople, and more. The main issue between the two parties is wages.
    • The 2023 Economy in Review report says that N.B.’s population was 834,691 on July 1, 2023, the highest population growth rate (3.1%) the province has seen in 50 years. The provincial economy also grew by 1.3% and employment increased by 3.5% in 2023.
    • The Canadian military has new stricter rules on personal grooming, after relaxing the rules almost two years ago. The changes come after the military heard that many members disagreed with the relaxed rules. Hair and beards must be kept neat and tidy.
    • WestJet and the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association union representing about 680 mechanics have reached a new tentative agreement, ending the recent strike. The 5-year agreement includes an immediate 15.5% wage increase, followed by a pay increase of 3.25% in year 2 and 2.5%/year in years 3-5.
    • New Brunswick’s aquaculture minister says the province continues to support marine-based net-pen salmon farming and encourages new investment, despite now being banned in B.C. Figures show that N.B. exported $312.8M in farmed salmon in 2022.
    • The development at 99 King Street in Saint John will begin construction soon, after being delayed due to rising costs and labour shortages. The 12-storey mixed-use building will now have 146 units and will also include a third level of underground parking.
    • Irving Pulp and Paper Ltd. is awaiting approval for a $1.1B upgrade to its west side pulp mill. The project would increase pulp output by 65% and the plant would be self-sufficient. The company hopes to start construction in 2025 and complete it by 2028.
  • Week of 2024-06-21 to 2024-06-27
    • The Vitalité Health Network is delaying the creation of new collaborative medical teams after the government granted $13M instead of the $56M that was requested. This delay in creating teams will particularly impact the regions of Kent, Grand Falls, Saint-Quentin, and the Acadian Peninsula.

      L'Acadie Nouvelle ( (available in French only)
    • The Canadian Federation of Independent Business states that about 80% of Atlantic businesses are not expecting to see revenue growth during the summer tourism season. Issues include increased costs and weak demand in the hospitality and retail sector.
    • Inclusion New Brunswick will receive $387K in funding to create an online employment hub for early 2025. The goal is to support and educate employers on the benefits of hiring people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
    • Saint John’s largest shopping centre, McAllister Place, is listed for sale. The 399,710 ft2 mall has an occupancy rate of 98.8% and there are plans to build a 526-unit apartment building on an undeveloped portion of the mall site.
    • Saint John Council has approved two new residential projects, which will see 200 units built. One project is a 180-unit development at 50 Heather Way and the second is a pair of townhouses with 10 public housing units each at 435 Woodward Avenue.
    • The Canadian health-care sector is increasingly using the temporary foreign worker program to fill staffing shortages. The largest share of that growth was for nurses aides and orderlies, nurses, and family doctors. There were 2,514 approvals in 2023.
    • N.B.’s Agriculture Minister says the province had about 15,000 ft2 of indoor farming in 2019, but is on track to double production by the end of 2024. Sunden Farms near Moncton, is N.B.’s biggest indoor farm, and is expected to triple production in two years.
  • Week of 2024-06-14 to 2024-06-20
    • Lobster processors are looking for other options to dispose of shell waste, with the sudden closure of the Coastal Shell plant in Richibucto. The Lobster Processors Association is exploring various composting sites and making transportation arrangements.
    • Lobster processors are looking for other options to dispose of shell waste, with the sudden closure of the Coastal Shell plant in Richibucto. The Lobster Processors Association is exploring various composting sites and making transportation arrangements.
    • A developer has proposed to construct five 24-unit apartment buildings and 12 five-unit townhouses at 50 Heather Way in east Saint John. The application for the proposal will require further council approval.
    • Moncton council has voted to sell land to J.N. Lafford Realty Inc., a developer that is proposing to build a pair of 17-storey mixed-use towers on the downtown riverfront. If fully approved, work on the Gateway Towers would begin in the fall.
    • The N.B. Health Council's latest survey on primary care reports that only 79% in N.B. had a permanent primary care provider in 2023, compared to 85% in 2022. The aging workforce, retirements, immigration, and the growing population have added to the problem.
    • Coastal Shell Products in Richibucto has ceased operations at its shellfish disposal plant as of June 16, laying off 20 staff. The company cited financial troubles and that the facility’s operating hours were restricted, which led to $1.2M in losses.
    • Details have been released on the tentative deal for Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) workers, which includes a 15.7% wage increase over four years, retroactive to June 2022. The agreement also has improved provisions for shift scheduling.
    • Saint John Energy is seeking proposals from developers to build and operate a solar farm in the city. The utility states that the time is right as costs and efficiency of solar panels improve. It is hoped that the winning bid would be picked in the fall.
    • Physicians at the Dumont Hospital in Moncton are calling for the retention of nursing staff from private agencies. They estimate that 5,000 surgeries in the Vitalité Health Network, which include 3,000 at the CHU Dumont, would not have taken place. Since 2022, contracts signed with the agencies have totalled $123M.

      L'Acadie Nouvelle ( (available in French only)
    • Coastal Shell Products, a plant that processes crustacean shell waste in Beaurivage, has suspended operations. The company has already laid off 20 employees due to financial losses of over $1.2M to date and a $250,000 investment in finding a solution to mitigate the odour coming from the facility.

      L'Acadie Nouvelle ( (available in French only)
  • Week of 2024-06-07 to 2024-06-13
    • The Neighbourly Coffee café and kitchen officially opened in the 12 Neighbours social enterprise building in Fredericton. The non-profit project aims to provide jobs to people who face barriers to employment, as well as provide affordable food.
    • After a 30-year ban in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, redfish fishing is permitted this season. The season begins on June 15 with a total allowable catch of 60,000 tonnes. Around 15% of the quota is reserved for ships under 20m long, and 60% has been allocated to ships over 30.5m long.

      L'Acadie Nouvelle ( (available in French only)
    • Centreville Child Care, a new state-of-the art early childhood education centre in Centreville, is expected to open later in June. The new larger non-profit facility will replace three separate buildings used now and there are already 28 staff ready to begin. The centre will be able to accept 18 infants compared to six now and will take nine extra school-aged children.

      Fredericton Daily Gleaner
    • Temporary closures and layoffs are ongoing at the Stella-Maris-de-Kent Hospital in Sainte-Anne-de-Kent due to a lack of nurses. Three employees have already been dismissed, and there have already been two temporary closures this week.

      L'Acadie Nouvelle ( (available in French only)
    • The federal and provincial governments will invest in a new two-year Maritime Livestock Price Insurance Pilot Program that will allow P.E.I. and N.B. producers to purchase price protection on beef cattle, in the event of unexpected market declines.
    • A new partnership between McCain Foods, UNB’s McKenna Institute, ResearchNB, and the N.B. government will see nearly $4M invested to help develop sustainable farming technologies. UNB will also create a position to oversee research initiatives.
    • Herring levels have fallen in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and research suggests it could be linked to warmer waters. Fishermen in northern N.B. have had difficulty finding the fish, and a fishery researcher believes the fish to be in deeper colder water.
    • Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) workers have reached a tentative agreement with the federal government. The more than 9,000 workers will receive wage enhancements and other benefits. Further details will be released this week.
    • The Saint John Police Force has hired seven new constables to join its ranks. Five officers recently completed six months of training at the Atlantic Police Academy, while the other two have previous police experience.
    • Saint John Energy is collaborating with Deloitte on its Zero30 project, which aims to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2030. The initiative’s focus is to develop a clean energy supply, innovate, and plan for future energy demand.
    • One month after the fire that destroyed the Eddy Group warehouse store, a construction and wholesale business in Bathurst, the company has relocated to Vanier Boulevard. Construction to renovate the new site is currently being carried out by R.H Frenette, a business from Petit-Rocher, and the company’s own employees.

      L'Acadie Nouvelle ( (available in French only)
  • Week of 2024-05-31 to 2024-06-06
    • St. Stephen council has approved construction of a new five-unit public housing development in the town. Housing NB plans to construct the building along Main Street near Queen Street.
    • The federal government will invest $700K to build a rail spur at the west side of Port Saint John, which will allow Crosby Foods to ship product from its liquid bulk terminal. The project will allow multiple modes of transportation at the terminal.
    • The CEO of Port Saint John says 2023 was a huge year for the port and was the only Canadian port to see an increase in container traffic last year. The Saint John port moved 153,454 TEUs in 2023 and is on track to grow even more this year.
    • The federal government will invest nearly $1.1M to support Envision Saint John’s Impact Loan Program (ILP). The ILP helps entrepreneurs access seed capital loans to start and grow a business, as well as accessing business training, networking and coaching.
    • N.B.’s auditor general was critical of Vitalité Health’s use of travel-nurses, which saw Vitalité spend $123M in travel-nurse contracts. Vitalité’s current contract with Canadian Health Labs will see them paid $85M and can deploy nurses even when not needed.
    • ACOA will invest $2.8M in TechImpact, a private sector-led organization focused on growing the Atlantic Canadian economy through technology. The money will support Digital Boost 3.0 and the development of the CollabHub digital platform.
    • The N.B. government and the union representing social workers, child protection, probation and parole officers, clinical psychologists - have reached a tentative agreement. Details of the collective agreement will be released once the deal is ratified.
  • Week of 2024-05-24 to 2024-05-30
    • Fisheries and Oceans and lobster fishermen in northern New Brunswick have come to an agreement, which will see fishermen allowed to fish in shallow waters, that had previously been closed due to sightings of North Atlantic right whales.
    • Four small businesses in Sackville, N.B. have been told they have to move in 11 months, with the sale of the properties at 26, 28 and 30 York Street. Businesses impacted are Blind Forest Books, Sweet Yummyland, The Little Pantry, and Cackling Goose Market.
    • The president of Covered Bridge Chips has been hard at work setting up temporary production lines and maintaining supply chains since its Waterville facility burnt down. Production is currently operating at 30%, but they hope to rebuild and reopen in late 2025.
    • The federal government has passed a bill that will ban federal companies from using replacement workers during a strike. There are over a million federally regulated workers employed with ports, airports, railways, telecoms, banks and Crown corporations.
    • New Brunswick Crown prosecutors and family Crown counsel have voted 99% in favour of a strike, as contract negotiations have gone on for over for a year. The main issue has been heavy workloads due to a lack of prosecutors or supports to do the work.
    • The New Brunswick Teachers’ Association is calling on the N.B. government to improve its retention and recruitment strategy for teachers. Last year classrooms went without a teacher for over 7000 school days and have about 1255 teachers nearing retirement.
    • Statistics Canada reports that the Moncton region has the second-fastest-growing metro population in the country, just behind Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo. The region had a population of 178,971 as of July 1, 2023, a 6.1% cent increase from 2022.
    • Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) workers have voted 96% in favour of strike action, as it prepares to secure a new contract. Issues include wages comparable to other Canadian law enforcement, flexible work options, retirement benefits and hours of work.
    • A local entrepreneur is hoping to convert a 105-year-old N.B. church in Charlo and turn it into apartments and public spaces. A feasibility study is being pursued, as well as investors to take on the project, which has an estimated cost of $3.5M.
  • Week of 2024-05-17 to 2024-05-23
    • St. Mary's Supermarket, which has operated for 20 years on Sitansisk First Nation in Fredericton, will close on June 30. The Cliffe Street supermarket had been losing money and couldn’t compete with the big chain stores, who have better buying power.
    • Statistics Canada reports that rent in N.B. increased by 10.8% compared to April 2023, second only to Alberta. Rent in N.B. increased by 6.9%, 7.3%, and 6.1% in previous years. N.B. posted 4,547 new housing starts in 2023, the lowest rate in the Maritimes.
    • Miramichi is considering modifying its Sunday shopping bylaw, which currently limits shopping hours from noon to 5 pm. The Retail Council of Canada requested the city to allow business owners to set their own hours, which would give retailers more flexibility.
    • The Saint John Arts Centre hosted a free event on May 25, to connect individuals with employment opportunities within the film and television industry in New Brunswick. The initiative aims to cultivate and expand the film and television workforce.
    • The Atlantic Veterinary College in P.E.I. has ended its agreement to provide specialized care to N.B., stating that the college’s resources are stretched thin. The province states that it is a priority to attract new vets to N.B., but the shortage is across Canada.
    • The president of Media New Brunswick is hopeful that the province’s film industry can be revived and the government’s decision to lift grant caps on film and TV productions will help. The industry needs to offer consistent employment to keep people in N.B.
    • The Rogersville monastery will shut down this year after more than a century in operation. The MLA for the area stated that the monastery was important to agricultural life in the region and would like to see the site used as an agricultural college.
    • The N.B. Dental Society states there is a shortage of N.B. dentists to do the dental and paperwork required with the new federal dental plan. The plan provides low-and-middle-income Canadian residents with dental insurance for those without coverage.
  • Week of 2024-05-10 to 2024-05-16
    • Fredericton will begin giving up to $20K to developers who create new residential units by building prefabricated modular homes. Developers could qualify under the city's new manufactured housing grant. Modular homes can be built 40% faster than other methods.
    • U.S. company Americold is looking at the feasibility of a potential $100M cold storage warehouse facility being built on the west side of Port Saint John. The Port’s CEO states that a facility like this would help grow container volumes at the port.
    • New Brunswick is getting $17.6M in federal funding from the Early Learning and Child Care Infrastructure Fund to help build more child care spaces. The province has a goal of having 3,400 new child care spaces by 2026.
    • Crabbe Mountain ski hill, near Fredericton, will spend $500K to upgrade its chairlift motor system this fall. The investment will reduce ski interruptions and enable more recreation events in the off season, such as sightseeing and motorcycle and ATV races.
    • Riverview council has approved the sale of 10-acres of town property to Icon Developments for $500K, in order for the developer to go forward with its proposal to build three six-storey apartment buildings at the corner of Pine Glen and White Pine.
    • Fredericton Police Force is partnering with the Atlantic Police Academy in order to offer a Fredericton satellite academy program. The deal will help address the city’s police needs and the force will accept 12 cadets into its program in January 2025.
    • The Bathurst region is seeing more new residents due to a boost from immigration, new health-care workers and international students. The community of 120,000 has a housing shortage. A recent study reports that 330 new units are needed over two years.
    • A major fire in Bathurst is now under control but appears to have destroyed the main Eddy Group distribution centre and head office on Ste. Anne Street. The Eddy Group posted on social media that it intends to rebuild.
    • Saint John Energy (SJE) has secured $2.5M in federal funding to help move the utility toward its goal of becoming net-zero by 2030. SJE is also partnering with British software firm Kraken Technologies to enhance its adoption of low-carbon technologies.
    • The New Brunswick Dental Society says the province needs a dentistry recruitment strategy or could face a shortage of dental specialists in the coming years. N.B. has about 365 licensed dentists and many clinics need dental assistants and hygienists.
    • The Saint John Airport saw 175,000 travellers in 2023, and increase of 18% over the previous year, but still below pre-pandemic levels. The airport says it has the demand, but needs more aircraft. Air Canada, PASCAN Aviation, and Flair all fly into the airport.
    • A report released by the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) states that Canada needs more and better training for truck drivers. Canada has Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT), but it isn’t implemented across all provinces and minimum training can vary.
  • Week of 2024-05-03 to 2024-05-09
    • The Government of Canada has announced over $9.8M in funding to Springboard Atlantic. Made up of 19 Atlantic Canadian post-secondary institutions, the group brings researchers and industry together to commercialize ideas in key sectors like advanced manufacturing, ocean sustainability and clean energy.
    • East Coast artists say it’s a difficult time to make money in music. Artists are seeing rising expenses, while people have less disposable income to support developing artists. Some tour, sell CDs, or get their music in movies, TV and games to earn money.
    • Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp (CMHC) reports that in the first three months of 2024, P.E.I. and N.S. had three times the number of apartment starts compared to N.B. Back in September, both P.E.I. and N.S. eliminated sales tax on new rental construction.
    • Quebec-based carrier, Pascan Aviation, will begin offering weekday regional flights in September and will fly between Saint John, Halifax and Bathurst. The announcement means a return to daily service for the Bathurst Airport.
    • Horizon Health Network’s quarterly progress report states that the health authority hired over 2,000 new employees in the last fiscal year, including 637 registered nurses, 282 licensed practical nurses, 643 patient-care attendants, and over 150 physicians.
    • N.B.’s new primary health care action plan has been released, which focuses on providing incentives for health-care providers to join team-based practices. About 55% of N.B. physicians work in solo practices, the highest percentage in the country.
    • WestJet and the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association have reached a tentative collective agreement. The union represents around 670 aircraft maintenance engineers and skilled trade groups, who will need to ratify the deal with the airline.
    • Moncton’s Oulton College’s new accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is slated to begin this September with about 36 students to begin the three-year program. The N.B. Nurses Union says they still have over 1,000 nursing positions to fill.
    • Two Quebec-based companies are proposing to turn a quarry near Dalhousie into a large mine for extracting pozzolan, a low-carbon alternative for cement. Hundreds of jobs would be required during construction and another 168 jobs once operating.
    • J.D. Irving is proposing to build a 58-turbine wind farm near Juniper, N.B. The Brighton Mountain wind farm will require regulatory approval, but hopes to break ground in 2025 and would employ 200 workers during construction and create 20 permanent jobs.
    • The CEO of WestJet states that Canada’s geography and very few large population centres makes it a challenge to run an ultra low-cost airline. According to the CEO, if the three N.B. airports consolidated into one main hub, connectivity would improve.
  • Week of 2024-04-26 to 2024-05-02
    • An anonymous $1M donation to the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation will be used to hire more staff and improve MRI access across N.B. Four full-time technologists will be hired and eight additional employees will receive MRI training.
    • NB Power has signed a trilateral agreement with Saint John-based ARC Clean Technology and Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power. The province has a goal to add 600 megawatts of small modular reactor (SMR) energy production to the provincial grid by 2035.
    • Coverage began May 1 for the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) for seniors 70 years and older, which will eventually cover about 25% of Canadian residents without private dental plans. Until July, only dentists that have signed up can provide services.
    • Horizon Health announced that six new health care positions will be funded for the Tantramar primary health clinic. A dietitian, social worker, patient navigator, pharmacist, an admin position, and a part-time respiratory therapist will be recruited.
    • The province announced a new partnership with the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick, to provide training to 400 early childhood educators in the anglophone sector over the next four years. The training includes coaching and mentoring.
    • Saint John has a new grant program to help non-profit organizations to create affordable housing. The program will fund 15% or up to $25,000 of pre-construction costs, such as legal fees, viability studies, and architectural or accounting services.
    • Ottawa will cap work hours at 24 hours a week this September, for international students who work while studying. The prior 20-hour cap had been temporarily waived, but there were concerns that study permits could be used as unofficial work visas.
    • Canada's biofuel industry is welcoming $1.27B in proposed federal funding to help build new biofuel facilities, better compete with U.S. subsidies and reduce dependence on U.S. imports. There is currently $10B worth of operational or biofuel facilities being built in Canada.
    • New Brunswick’s apprenticeship and occupational certification branch has been renamed Skilled Trades NB in an effort to attract people to the skilled trades. The N.B. construction sector is estimated to require 10,000 more workers over the next 10 years.
  • Week of 2024-04-19 to 2024-04-25
    • The New Brunswick Real Estate Board reports that there were 665 units sold in the province in March, which is the third consecutive month-over-month increase. The benchmark price for a single-family home also went up 10% year-over-year to $296,700.
    • Vitalité Health is looking for a partner to run a daycare pilot for healthcare workers in the Restigouche region. Restigouche is seen as an ideal place for a daycare pilot because it has the most recruitment challenges and would help in retaining staff.
    • Saint John’s growth committee reports that its been busier than usual with the city receiving 134 building permits worth $45.9M during the first quarter of 2024. The five-year average is 109 building permits worth $25.9M.
    • Vitalité Health’s use of travel nurses has put them over budget by almost $98M. There were 190 full-time private agency staff hired between April 1, 2023 and Feb. 29, 2024. The rate of pay charged is roughly six times what a local staff nurse earns.
    • N.S. Power has estimated a scaled-down version of the Atlantic Loop project at $700M. The electrical grid project will carry power from renewable energy projects between N.S. and N.B. It received environmental approval in 2023, but no start date has been set.
    • Vitalité Health says wait times have been reduced with the creation of eight primary health-care teams that are staffed with doctors, nurse practitioners, and other health professionals. Another 20 health teams are in the works with expanded services.
    • Caissie’s Recycling in Rogersville and Recyclage Kent Recycling in Saint-Louis de Kent have both shut down as bottle exchanges in the province struggle to meet the stricter requirements of a new system, which began April 1 with Encorp Atlantic.
    • Health Canada has released more details about the new federal dental-care plan and now states that dentists do not have to opt into the program. Dental offices will be able to submit digital dental plan claims through their existing software as well.

      Moncton Times & Transcript
    • An arbitration decision has awarded unionized RCMP officers an 8% salary increase over two years. The increase will apply to 20,000 RCMP members ranging from constable to staff sergeant major. A constable could earn up to $106,576 as of April 2022.
  • Week of 2024-04-12 to 2024-04-18
    • NBCC wants to connect students with employers, by helping people improve their skills in order to find new jobs. The NBCC would see what employment opportunities exist and then help people obtain the necessary skills and competencies required.

      Moncton Times & Transcript
    • An analyst with the Fraser Institute says the federal decision to increase the capital gain tax from 50% to 66.6% will hurt New Brunswick's economic growth prospects and investment climate. He states that it will reduce incentives to innovate and invest.

      Telegraph Journal (available in French only)
    • The N.B. government plans to take the $18M collected from the province’s biggest greenhouse emitters and then offer it back as a subsidy to encourage big industry to reduce emissions. Recent data shows the Irving Oil refinery as the largest emitter in N.B.
    • Fredericton Transit has announced that it will start Sunday bus service on June 23 and has hired six new transit operators as a result. The Sunday route will travel from a new transit hub on Maple Street, which will be constructed this summer.
    • The governments of N.B. and N.S. have signed an agreement to move ahead with plans to upgrade and protect the Chignecto Isthmus from rising seas levels. It's estimated cost is $400M, but roughly $100M worth of trade crosses daily and contains key infrastructure.
    • Two consumer real estate search platforms, have ranked Moncton first in Canada to buy real estate, with Saint John -2nd, and Fredericton was fourth out of 45 communities. Factors considered are average home prices, price growth, and neighbourhood features.
    • Work will begin shortly on the new Fredericton performing arts centre that will go up on the corner of King and Regent streets. Various tenders will be going out for the $82M project, which is slated to be completed in late 2026.
    • The city of Moncton has hired a new international student integration co-ordinator, to help students access resources and find jobs after graduation. Some students will leave to be with family or go to a larger city, but many will stay if they get a job.
  • Week of 2024-04-05 to 2024-04-11
    • Although 1.6 million seniors have signed up for the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP), which is set to provide coverage next month, sign-up by dentists appears to be slow. Dentists state they are concerned with the paperwork required and lack of details.
    • Statistics Canada says New Brunswick's population has surpassed 850,000, which is up from 800,000 in 2022. The most recent report indicates that about 75% of the population growth was from interprovincial migration, with most coming from Ontario.
    • Brunswick Square in uptown Saint John has been listed for sale by Slate Office REIT. The mixed-use property includes a three-storey shopping centre, a 250-room Delta hotel, a 19-storey office tower, and a nine-storey parking garage.
    • City council has awarded a $2M construction contract for water, sewage, and road work to be done along Sydney Street in uptown Saint John. The project is expected to take place from mid-April and continue into September.
    • Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers will hold a strike vote next week after contract talks stalled last September. The 9,000 members have been without a contract for two years and issues include wages, job security, and access to telework.
    • The cannabis market is changing across N.B. as new smaller corporate stores open, as well as a new private retail store in Saint Andrews. Cannabis N.B. would also like to offer samples in-store and some farm-gate partners are interested in hosting events.`
    • The New Brunswick Housing Corporation is noticing a significant number of landlords that are opting out of the rent subsidy program, in order to get higher rents. As a result there are more affordable units being lost than what is being built.
    • N.B. has budgeted $604K to recruit and retain teachers, but critics say more is needed with the growing population and with many teachers nearing retirement age. Another issue is that N.B.’s education programs aren’t full and many grads go elsewhere.
    • The N.B. Department of Agriculture says that New Brunswick’s agriculture industry had a second straight year of record exports and farm cash receipts. Farm cash receipts totalled more than $1.2B and agriculture and agri-food exports totalled $778M in 2023.
    • Fishermen in Atlantic Canada will vote this spring on whether to match the U.S. in increasing the minimum size limit of lobster they catch. Maine will increase its size limit to 84mm in 2025, then 86mm in 2027. Lobsters below that limit cannot be sold in the U.S.
    • WestJet is returning to the Fredericton International Airport with twice a week flights from Fredericton to Calgary, running from June 20 until Oct. 28. The company says it is focused on leisure flights and is seeing an increase in air passenger traffic.
  • Week of 2024-03-29 to 2024-04-04
    • Ottawa announced over a $1B in early childhood education (ECE) initiatives as part of its 2024 budget. It will expand loans and grants for public and non-profit child-care providers to expand or renovate, train more ECEs, and increase student loan forgiveness.
    • The owners of the historic Neill Farm in Fredericton plan to expand their business, Red Rover Craft Cider, and are hoping to open this summer as an agricultural eco-tourism site. Plans include a grocery store, a tasting room, a U-Pick, and an event space.
    • Work is underway on a $3.5M project to expand the YMCA Glenn Carpenter Centre in Saint John. A new one-storey multi-purpose building is planned that will offer an after-school program for 90 children and will allow more community programming.
    • The federal government will commit $6B in new funding for the Canada Housing Infrastructure Fund. Provinces will be able to access the money if certain conditions are met such as expanding infrastructure and allowing more multi-unit buildings and homes.
    • All four Atlantic Canadian provinces increased their minimum wage hourly rate on April 1. Newfoundland and Labrador now has the highest minimum wage at $15.60, followed by P.E.I. at $15.40, N.B. at $15.30, and N.S. at $15.20.
    • The New Brunswick Teachers’ Association has some concerns about plans to add an extra hour to the school day for kindergarten to Grade 2 students across the province, due to a looming shortage of qualified teachers.
    • N.B. farmers will soon be compensated for not using part of their land and allowing it to rest, which will help to improve its fertility. The Resilient Agricultural Landscape Program helps farmers to protect farm land, while unable to profit from it.
    • Scotiabank will be closing its branch in Grand Bay-Westfield on October 1. It is the only bank that provides in-person services in the community, with the next closest Scotiabank branch being 15 minutes away in Saint John’s west side.
  • Week of 2024-03-22 to 2024-03-28
    • The bookstore Coles will close its Saint John location in McAllister Place mall on April 6. Coles has been in the mall for over 45 years and is owned by Indigo, which also has a bookstore at East Point.
    • Four of Canada’s major banks are forecasting that N.B will finish last among Maritime provinces in economic growth again in 2023 and in 2024. Statistics Canada figures for real economic growth from 2007 to 2022 was 10.4% for N.B, 19.7% for N.S., and 36.1% for P.E.I.
    • The federal government will invest $430M toward the improvement to health-care in New Brunswick. Most of the money will support the province’s three-year action plan to recruits and train health workers and the rest will go into long-term care.
    • The New Brunswick Museum will receive $108M in federal and provincial funding in order to update and expand the museum. The 134,000 ft2 facility will remain in the same area of Saint John and work is expected to be completed in 2026, at a cost of $150M.
    • Sussex, Grand Bay-Westfield, and the Village of Harvey were collectively approved to receive up to $5.1M under the Housing Accelerator Fund. The Town of Sussex will get $3.2M and plans include alternative housing and flood mitigation strategies.
    • The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association wants to recruit and train more foreign-trained veterinarians, as well as establish a testing centre for internationally educated vets. The industry is struggling with labour shortages and mental health issues.
    • The national minimum wage will increase from $16.65 up to $17.30 an hour on April 1, a 3.9% cost of living increase. This applies to all federally regulated businesses and will affect about 30,000 employees nationwide.
  • Week of 2024-03-15 to 2024-03-21
    • The N.B. government released its 2024-25 budget, which will see a record $3.8B spent on health care and an increase to low-income seniors’ benefits. Funding will go to recruit more nurses and teachers, as well as reduce barriers for foreign-trained workers.
    • The New Brunswick Dental Society says that 78% of its members reported that they are not interested in opting into the federal government dental plan. The main concern is the extra paperwork and processes required, as some offices face staff shortages.

      Miramichi Leader
    • A $3M affordable senior housing project is being proposed to be built on Second Avenue in the village of McAdam. Once approved the project manager believes that the 30 small homes could be completed by the end of the year.
    • New Brunswick will join many other parts of Canada by introducing mandatory training for new transport truck drivers. Programs are available at various institutions across the province and will include in-class, in-yard, and on-the-road training.
    • The Horizon Health Network projects that it turnover rate will go from 8.6% last year to 7.9% this year or about 200 fewer people leaving. Horizon has also hired 617 registered nurses, 283 licensed practical nurses and 150 physicians this fiscal year.
    • The federal government is giving $400K to Saint John’s Victory Advanced Technologies to help open a facility to produce powertrains for electric vehicles. The company is in an early stage, but plans to create manufacturing, engineering and other jobs.
    • Sitansisk (St. Mary’s) First Nation’s proposal to build a 7,000 ft2 live lobster holding facility in Chamcook, was voted down by the Saint Andrews’ planning advisory committee. The area allows light industrial use, but this facility was not deemed compatible.
    • Base Gagetown will receive $75M in funding for two projects. One project will see $55.6M in lighting, heating, power and geothermal upgrades to reduce greenhouse gases and is expected to create 200 construction jobs. A $19.7M solar farm will also be built.
    • Cannabis NB recently announced it was opening three new urban stores, in an attempt to take away from the illegal market. Twenty five employees will be hired for the new locations in uptown Saint John, downtown Fredericton, and for Mountain Rd in Moncton.
    • A new report by the recruitment firm Hays says 71% of Canadian workers want to leave their job and find a better opportunity this year. The Hays report states that nearly half are unmotivated to work, and are dissatisfied in their role, pay and benefits.
  • Week of 2024-03-08 to 2024-03-14
    • The president of Covered Bridge Chips states that he wants to rebuild a replacement factory soon, following the recent fire. The company is exploring options to get its 185 employees back to work and may even use another company's plant temporarily.
    • Cannabis NB has announced that it will open three new stores in Fredericton, Saint John, and Moncton in the coming months. According to a spokesperson, job opportunities have been posted on social media.
    • New Brunswick's child, youth and seniors' advocate issued a 198-page report making recommendations on how to improve the province's struggling long-term-care sector. The report recommends new service standards and more responsive local authorities.
    • The N.B. Medical Society and the N.B. Nurses Union developed a pre-budget report with six priority areas costing about $600M. Recommendations include more team-based clinics, better staff retention, and engaging more with health-care professionals.
    • The federal government has decided to cancel the 2024 Maritime elver season for harvesting baby eels, as it was unable to control illegal fishing. Fisheries and Oceans states it needs more time to put in regulations to crack down on the illegal harvest.
    • Hotels and restaurants in northern N.B. report having a poor winter tourist season, due to a lack of snow. The area relies on visiting snowmobilers, but poor conditions led to a number of winter activities being canceled, including a major snowmobile event.
    • The trucking industry in Atlantic Canada wants the government to do more about companies that employ drivers as independent contractors. This practice allows companies to make more money because the drivers don’t get benefits like sick days or overtime.
    • The Shediac Neptune Drive-in Theatre is reopening under new ownership on May 2024, along with a new eatery called the Morse et Marteaux BBQ Smokehouse. The drive-in has been closed since 2022 and the owners have been doing renovations and updates.
    • Slocum & Ferris, a down-home eatery in the Saint John City Market, will close down after 129 years of operation. The owner stated that foot traffic never returned to pre-COVID levels. Other eateries in the market have also closed in recent years.
  • Week of 2024-03-01 to 2024-03-07
    • The N.B. government is telling Sussex residents impacted from the recent flooding that they can register what damage occurred to see if they are eligible for disaster financial assistance. More than 12 streets were closed and 24 people had to evacuate.
    • The Eastern Recyclers Association says that about six small bottle depots will likely go out of business, due to new changes to the beverage container recycling program. Caissie's Recycling in Rogersville announced that it will close at the end of March.
    • Fredericton-based City Line Holdings plans to add about 340 new housing units over the next few years in Saint John. City Line plans to renovate the former St. Vincent's and St. Patrick's schools, as well as build 226 units on Loch Lomond Road.
    • An additional 33 residential units are being planned for Saint John’s Waterloo Village neighbourhood. The former Roman Catholic Diocese offices would have to be rezoned, which would see 25 units in the existing building plus an eight-unit addition.
    • WorkingNB and Service Canada will host an event to help employees impacted by the fire at the Covered Bridge Potato Chip production facility in Hartland. The facility employed about 100 people, who may require income support and counselling.
    • The Body Shop Canada will close nearly one third of its 105 Canadian locations, with four Martime locations closing in in Saint John, Dieppe, Sydney, and Truro. The company is seeking creditor protection and has closed all of its U.S. operations.
    • The Covered Bridge Potato Chip Factory in Hartland was destroyed in a fire, which saw 20 to 30 employees evacuated. The factory is a family-owned business, which grows 500 acres of potatoes for chip manufacturing, and is a major local employer.
    • The City of Fredericton has granted the new owners of Sunset U-pick, a 10-year lease for the urban strawberry farm property on Ferris Street. A ten year lease from the city gave the owners stability and helped in getting financing from lenders.
  • Week of 2024-02-23 to 2024-02-29
    • Vitalité Health Network says the severe staffing shortage in 2022 is what led to signing $158M in private agency contracts to use travel nurses. Although Vitalité has a number of new hires, it will take until the winter of 2026 to phase out travel nurses.
    • Fredericton council have decided to spend $1M in order to extend Brown Boulevard with road and municipal services, which would allow access to a plot of land. The hope is that it will spur developers to create up to 200 new apartment units in the area.
    • Fredericton city council have approved zoning changes to allow residential housing units to be built in commercial areas in two parts of the city. Part of the focus of workforce housing is allowing developers to create smaller more affordable units.
    • Moncton council has voted in favour of a 25 year higher-density urban growth strategy, which will focus on 11 sites in the city. The report projects a 42% population increase, which will require an additional 16,000 housing units over current levels.
    • The Horizon Health Network says it is working to eliminate the use of travel nurses over the coming months. At its peak in July 2023, the health authority employed 250 full-time travel nurses, but now employs around 80 travel nurses.
    • Saint John council has approved a 226-unit development at 1440 Loch Lomond Road, which will see four multi-unit buildings and 18 townhouse units built in the city’s east side.
    • Calgary-based Lynx Air has ceased operations as of Feb. 26, after filing for creditor protection. The low-cost airline began in 2022 and flew out of Fredericton last summer. A Lynx spokesperson attributed the closure to growing financial pressures.
  • Week of 2024-02-16 to 2024-02-22
    • Saint John council has approved the rezoning application for the developer who plans to turn the former St. Patrick’s School into a 37-unit residential building. The developer hopes to have people moved in by late 2024 or mid-spring 2025.
    • The federal government will spend over $500M on a new Atlantic Science Centre on University Avenue in Moncton, which could bring hundreds of jobs and scientific research projects. The Moncton region was the fastest growing metro population in Canada in 2022.

      Moncton Times & Transcript
    • New Brunswick will be capped off at 5,580 international students next year, however Ottawa is also placing a cap on the number of acceptance letters that can be sent out. While the national acceptance rate is 60%, N.B.’s rate is much lower.
    • Quispamsis has opened a new walk-in and urgent care clinic to help bridge the shortage of veterinarians and technicians in the province. There are only five veterinary schools in Canada and limited spaces, and it takes about eight years to become a vet.
    • Ottawa is investing $92K in ArtsLink NB through the Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program. The money will help ArtsLink NB deliver its CATAPULT Arts Accelerator, whose aim is to increase the number of artists and entrepreneurs.
    • The Atlantic provinces signed a new Atlantic Canada Agreement on Tourism, which will provide $30M in funding over the next four and a half years. The agreement aims to expand tourism year-round. Tourism in the region employs more than 111,000 workers.
    • Moncton council approved multiple housing developments, including an 18-storey tower downtown, a 458 unit development off McLaughlin Drive, and 24 rowhouse units on Ryan Street. The 18-storey tower beside St. Bernard's Church is expected to begin this year.
    • The federal government will invest $500K through ACOA’s Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program to help N.B-based The Smart Energy Company (TSEC) market and sell its innovative micro solar farm product to agricultural operations.
    • According to the latest Rental Market Survey released by Turner Drake & Partners, Saint John has the highest office vacancy rate (24.81%) among N.B.’s three largest cities. The vacancy rate in Fredericton is at 17.63% and 14.31% in Moncton.
    • Science East, Fredericton's science museum, will temporarily close to the general public and reduce its staff to a core group. The museum cited financial and organizational issues, but will continue to deliver outreach programs and is working to rebuild.
  • Week of 2024-02-09 to 2024-02-15
    • Bell Media’s parent company BCE Inc. states that it will sell 45 of its 103 regional radio stations and layoff 9% of its workforce or 4,800 jobs. CTV and BNN Bloomberg will see immediate cuts. Five Atlantic radio stations will be sold to Maritime Broadcasting.
    • Saint John-based Coast Tire & Auto Service and Andy’s Tire Group, which is headquartered in Halifax, have announced a merger. The new group will have roughly 500 staff, 46 stores, three distribution centres, and three retreading plants across Atlantic Canada.
    • Fredericton is proposing new amendments to the municipal plan and zoning bylaw, which would allow affordable housing to be mixed into commercial strips in two parts of the city. The locations were chosen based on nearby amenities, transit, and employment.
    • The Dept of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is proposing to close the commercial Maritime fishery for baby eels or elvers in 2024. DFO said it is not possible to have a safe and sustainable elver fishery in 2024, after unauthorized fishers flooded the market in 2023.
    • Canada's actors, directors, musicians and the groups representing them have expressed major concerns over the livelihood and reputational threats Artificial Intelligence (AI) poses to them and have called on the Federal Government to include industry protections in its proposed AI legislation.
    • Mount Allison University will undertake a $85M project to renovate and update its 54-year old campus library over a five-year period. Construction of an interim library will begin this summer, which will later be converted into an athletic complex.
    • The town of Quispamsis has hired Dillon Consulting to do a housing-needs assessment and to gather community input in order to meet the needs of residents. Quispamsis is a fast growing community, which may require higher-density buildings and other amenities.
    • Oromocto will get its first nursing home in 2026, which will be operated by Enhanced Living Inc. The facility will be a 60-bed home. It is hoped that staff will come from Oromocto's younger population and not be impacted by the N.B. staffing shortage.
  • Week of 2024-02-02 to 2024-02-08
    • With the significant growth in immigration, New Brunswick schools have been challenged to hire more staff and find space to deal with the flow of new students. Schools have had to add more educational support teachers and budget more money for tutoring.
    • Kyndryl Canada, a global technology firm, is planning to hire more than 40 remote and on-site positions throughout New Brunswick. The company provides hybrid cloud solutions, along with security, resiliency, data and artificial intelligence services.
    • The University of New Brunswick has a new pilot project, which allows some licensed practical nurses to work toward their bachelor of nursing degrees within their own communities using virtual reality. Its currently being offered in Moncton and Miramichi.
    • A Fredericton man has developed a niche market to help with affordable housing. His business, First Rate Renovations, partners with mini-home parks to renovate and restore mini homes and bring them to market at a considerable discount.
    • The YMCA of Southwestern New Brunswick has announced that it will open a new childcare centre at 20 Millenium Drive in Quispamsis. Expected to open in the spring, it will be next to the Valley retirement home, and will allow seniors to volunteer.
    • CMHC’s yearly rental market survey states that New Brunswick’s vacancy rate was 1.5% in 2023, the lowest its been in over 30 years. According to a UNB researcher, a healthy vacancy rate is 4.0%. Rent in N.B. also grew by 10% between 2022 and 2023.
    • The sorting centre Atelier des Copains located in Haut-Madawaska, having failed to reach an agreement with Circular Material, will loose its share of residential recycling for the entire North West. About 10 jobs will be lost.

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  • Week of 2024-01-26 to 2024-02-01
    • The City of Moncton currently has 38 vacant positions that they are recruiting for and will be having a Municipal Careers Expo on February 15 at city hall. Positions include Public Works, Park Operations, 911 operators and administration staff.

      Moncton Times & Transcript
    • N.B. has released its hydrogen road map, which it hopes will encourage the production and use of hydrogen, and support the sector over the next decade. Its estimated that the hydrogen market could create $1.9B in sales on the global export market by 2050.
    • New Brunswick’s health minister states that recruiting for international nurses has paid off, with 74 new nurses already here working in long-term care centres and dozens more to come. The province has a goal to recruit another 150 nurses this year.
    • The Lycée International Français des Provinces Atlantiques reports that it has dropped plans to open a French private school in Saint John due to construction costs being 50% higher than estimated. The school was hoping to attract up to 900 students.
    • A new Labour Force Adjustment Committee has been given 100 days to come up with ideas to address the labour shortage in N.B.’s construction sector. It is estimated that 4.2% of jobs are vacant and there could be 8,400 retirements from now until 2032.
    • Port Saint John’s $205M modernization project is now complete and finished on budget. The port’s container capacity has more than doubled to 325,000 TEUs, has new refrigerated towers, and a deeper and wider channel and an expanded intermodal yard.
    • Vito’s restaurant is planning on opening a takeout location at East Point in Saint John. They hope to open around mid-February and employ 15 staff.
    • New Brunswick’s minimum wage will increase to $15.30 per hour on April 1, while the living wage in the province is calculated to range from $21.65 to $24.50. The province’s minimum wage rate is tied to the consumer price index, which grew by 3.6% in 2023.
    • The N.B. government will introduce crop insurance for the maple syrup industry in 2025. The N.B. Maple Syrup Association says that the insurance will allow producers to cover costs during bad years, like what the producers experienced last season.
    • School districts in New Brunswick are faced with a staffing crunch as bus drivers get older, with 35% to 40% of drivers at the age to retire. The hope is to turn the job from a 30 hour-a-week side gig into a 40-hour-a-week, year-round career.

      Moncton Times & Transcript
    • The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has released the redfish quota allocations for the Atlantic Provinces when the fishery reopens later this year after a nearly 30-year hiatus with N.L. at 19% (+2.0), N.S. at 33% (-5.8), N.B. at 11% (+3.1), and P.E.I. at 5% (+0.5). The total allowable catch will be 25k tonnes.
  • Week of 2024-01-19 to 2024-01-25
    • The N.B. government will spend $4M over three years for six youth health care hubs around the province. The Canadian Mental Health Association will be in charge of staff and will administer the program, offering mental, physical and sexual health services.
    • MNP Digital, a professional services firm with digital delivery centres in Saint John, Moncton and Fredericton, plans to create 100 full-time jobs with help from $1.1M in payroll rebates. MNP focuses on AI, data and analytics, cybersecurity and other IT services.
    • New Brunswick has backed away from a plan to merge all hospital testing laboratories at Moncton's Dr. Georges-L. Dumont Health Centre. The plan was expected to help address an expected shortage of laboratory staff, but staff said it could cause delays.
    • A study released by the University of New Brunswick, says the province is looking at a teacher shortage, due to looming retirements and a growing population. The study also found that half of the education graduates in N.B. don’t stay and teach in N.B.
    • Icon Developments Ltd. is proposing to build three six-storey apartment buildings at the corner of Whitepine Road and Pine Glen Road in Riverview. If the project is approved as proposed, the buildings would add 375 residential units to the area.
    • An overnight fire in Bouctouche has destroyed a Dixie Lee restaurant, the Pomona Raw Fusion smoothie business, the Bouctouche Flower Shop and five apartments. It is unknown if the businesses will rebuild or how many employees will be impacted.
    • Universities and colleges in N.B. are concerned about Ottawa’s decision to reduce permits for international students by 35% nationwide. Schools rely on higher international tuition, with schools having 11% to 48% international students.
    • Fredericton will receive over $10M in federal funding through the housing accelerator fund to help speed up the process and develop almost 300 housing units over three years. The hope is to develop more high density, affordable, and mixed-use housing.
    • The federal government will provide $472K in funding to ConnexionWorks, to deliver the Premier Entrepreneurship Program. ConnexionWorks supports entrepreneurs in the Saint John region with training, coaching, and networking.
    • N.B. saw less housing starts per 100,000 people than both P.E.I. and N.S. in 2023. N.B. had 545 new housing starts per 100,00 people, while P.E.I. had 655 and N.S. had 676 housing starts per 100,000. In total the province built 4,547 new housing units.
    • A decision by the U.S. to increase the minimum legal size of lobster from 82mm to 84mm in 2025 and then 86mm in 2027, could reduce the amount of lobster shipped to the U.S. from Canada by 10-30%. The decision was made due to a reduction of young lobster.
    • Eight First Nation communities are partnering with NB Power and Natural Forces on the Neweg Energy Project, a wind turbine project near Sussex. The project plans to build six wind turbines, which are expected to be operational by the end of 2025.
    • Raymond O'Neill & Son Fisheries is temporarily closing its lobster processing plant in Escuminac, due to a shortage of lobsters and an excess of production capacity. The plant employs 135 people, who will be offered positions at the Grand-Digue facility.
  • Week of 2024-01-12 to 2024-01-18
    • The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation estimates 3.5M additional housing units will be needed by 2030 to address the housing affordability issue. The Atlantic provinces are exploring ways to boost factory-built housing as one solution to accelerate housing construction in the region.
    • The federal government announced that the deadline of Jan. 18 for small businesses to repay their CEBA loans, will not be extended any further. If a business misses the deadline, the CEBA loan will be converted to a three year loan at 5%.
    • Saint John will get $9.2M through the federal Housing Accelerator Fund, which will be used to fast-track 285 units over 3 years. The money will be used to offer incentives, look at public land redevelopment, and to make amendments to zoning bylaws.
    • Moncton councillors approved a 150-unit subdivision proposal to be built along Salisbury Road. Other projects discussed include a proposal to build a 18-storey downtown tower, two large subdivisions near McLaughlin Rd, and a 18-storey tower on Botsford St.
    • The Spicer Merrifield Gallery in uptown Saint John will close down on Jan. 27, having faced difficult economic challenges in recent years. The fine art, craft and jewellery gallery opened in 2020.
    • The N.B. government will commit $2.7M over 5 years, which will be used to waive first-time registration fees for newly graduated nursing students. The hope is that it will reduce financial barriers and help students transition from learning to work.
    • A new critical state priority protocol being implemented at N.B. hospitals could see patients moved out of a hospital and into a nursing home, in order to free up beds. A critical state could occur when an ER is over capacity or critical surgeries are cancelled.
    • Medavie Health Services states that its N.B. Health Link system uses emergency room doctors and hospitalists, who provide virtual care to those without a family doctor. About 52,000 New Brunswickers use the system, which uses about 40 doctors.
    • The federal government will provide up to $86M in funding to 15 organizations across Canada to help speed up the credential process of 6,600 internationally educated health workers. The aim is to help fill labour gaps and strengthen the healthcare system.
  • Week of 2024-01-05 to 2024-01-11
    • The Aboiteau Wharf restaurant in Cap-Acadie burnt down over the weekend. It is unknown how many staff will be impacted or whether the owners will rebuild.
    • ThriveNB, a N.B. group that provides support to newcomers that are new to the province, has helped over 200 new hires a year along with their families. The organization works with employers and helps new hires to find housing, daycare, and other services.

      Miramichi Leader
    • The province's business community along with international students studying in N.B. are asking the federal government to increase the working cap for international students from 20 to 30 hours a week. The change is seen as a benefit for students and employers.
    • A 2 km extension to the Dieppe Boulevard will begin in 2024, with three levels of government contributing $42M to the project. It is expected to take two years to build the road and infrastructure, then commercial and residential development can begin.
    • The Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Saint John has moved to a new location at 171 McAllister Drive. The store has already seen more customers and an increase of donations.
    • The federal government will provide over $6.7M to Rising Tide and Crossroads for Women, as part of the Rapid Housing Initiative in Moncton. Rising Tide will build five two-storey apartment buildings and Crossroads will create a six-unit apartment building.
  • Week of 2023-12-29 to 2024-01-04
    • The Public Service Commission's 2022-2023 annual report states that the federal public service grew by 6.5% from April 2022 to March 2023, adding 16,642 new employees. Over 423,000 people applied to externally-advertised public service positions.

      Other Sources
    • The New Brunswick government has revoked American Iron and Metal's licence for its Saint John port scrapyard, after a task force report addressed multiple concerns following a massive fire that burned for 40 hours at the site in September.
  • Week of 2023-12-22 to 2023-12-28
    • Fredericton-based Utimus, an initiative designed to help newcomers earn Canadian credentials and find employment, is looking to expand across Canada. Utimus’s programs focus on the aerospace and manufacturing sectors, where worker gaps exist.

      Cape Breton Post
    • A partnership between the YMCA of Greater Saint John and Shannex are proposing to establish a new 70-seat child care facility on Millennium Drive in Quispamsis. If approved the daycare would use an existing building on-site and would employ 20 people.
    • Harper’s Exotic Animals & Pet Supply is closing after being unable to reach a lease agreement for its Milltown Boulevard location in St. Stephen. The owner has been unable to find a new location and is looking to care for the animals in his home.
    • Moncton’s Hynes family restaurant was sold to three cousins from outside the Hynes family, after 84 years of operation. The new owners plan to keep the menu and the décor the same, as well as retain the same staff.
    • A N.B. Government list shows that 18,926 government employees earned over $80,000 in 2022, with 29 of the top 50 earners being N.B. Power staff. A former CEO of N.B. Power was paid over $600K, while a RN with Horizon Health was third with earnings over $375K.
    • The Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (MRT) says the Saint John Regional Hospital has a critical shortage of MRTs. The nearest place for training is Ontario and Quebec and with only 78 graduates a year, demand is high.
  • Week of 2023-12-15 to 2023-12-21
    • The N.B. government has made changes to allow non-licensed internationally trained physicians to practise here and work as clinical assistants under the supervision of licensed doctors. Four positions are now being advertised, with as many as 20 over the next three years.
    • The New Brunswick Real Estate Association states that home sales across N.B. for November were up 9.3%, compared to last year and the benchmark price was $288,600. Saint John sold 181 homes whereas Moncton sold 271 homes. Although sales remain elevated, inventory levels have been low.
    • Statistics Canada reports that Canada’s inflation rate was steady at 3.1% in November, with mortgage costs, food and rent with the biggest increases. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) was up by 2.5% in N.S, 2.1% in N.L., 1.7% in N.B., and only 0.4% in P.E.I.
    • Saint John’s $20M redeveloped waterfront space will be delayed a few months, due to some unknown ductwork being uncovered. Once completed in 2024, the space will include a skating rink, patios, a new stage, a space for vendors, and access to the waterfront.
    • The Canadian Federation Of Independent Business says about 12,000 N.B. businesses received CEBA loans and, according to a survey by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, around 24% of Canadian businesses won’t be able to repay the loan by January 18.
    • The Lobster Fishers of P.E.I. Marketing Board says the price of live lobster is as high as $11.50 a pound, up from $7.50 last year. Catches were down this year in New England, N.S., and N.B., plus demand is high in the Asian market, followed by the U.S.
    • Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) plans to create separate possession-and-export licences for elvers/baby eels in an effort to crack down on illegal fishing in the Maritimes. Canadian elver export in 2022 was four times the legal catch limit.
    • The Uptown Eatery at 68 King Street in uptown Saint John closed this month due to an unforeseen family issue. The restaurant opened in June 2020 and offered a blend of Middle Eastern and Canadian cuisine.
  • Week of 2023-12-08 to 2023-12-14
    • Fredericton councillors narrowly voted down a proposal to construct an 88-unit townhouse at 501 Gibson Street, mainly due to public opposition that city parkland would be lost to the project.
    • The Liberal health critic says the Saint John Hospital has a critical shortage of radiation therapists, with seven vacant positions. The hospital has lost eight radiation therapists in the last six months, with calls for better wages and retention bonuses.

      Telegraph Journal
    • A new research report by the Atlantic Economic Council shows Indigenous businesses contributed 5% of Atlantic Canada’s GDP, over 8% of jobs, and about $3.6B to the economy in 2020. The report identified 660 Indigenous-owned businesses and 2,400 self-employed persons in N.S. as of 2023.
    • A new study from Downtowns Atlantic Canada Inc. reports that downtown businesses are dealing with security issues, lack of staffing, decreased foot traffic due to remote work, and concerns about repayment of the federal CEBA small business loans.
    • The N.B. government has laid out its 12-year strategy to transition to clean energy. The plan is to quadruple the amount of renewable energy produced, double nuclear production with SMRs, and convert the Belledune generating station from coal to biomass.
    • The Listuguj Mi'gmaq Government (LMG) is calling on the Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to issue a moratorium on the shrimp fishery in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. LMG states that the fishery is unsustainable, with less shrimp and higher expenses.
    • New Brunswick maple syrup production dropped 35% in 2023, following a record year in 2022. Extreme cold weather in the spring followed by warm weather resulted in poor sap flow. The gross value in 2023 was about $20.8M, compared to about $33M in 2022.
    • The Canadian rideshare service Uride has further expanded in New Brunswick with its arrival in Saint John. Uride is looking for new drivers in the city , with full-time drivers being offered a $1,500 weekly guarantee for the first four weeks.
  • Week of 2023-12-01 to 2023-12-07
    • Application deadlines for the N.B. government’s Step Up To Nursing initiative have been set for January 12, 2024 and February 15, 2024. The program helps those in the nursing field advance their skills to become licensed practical nurses or registered nurses.
    • The N.B. government has put out another call for proposals to add more early learning and childcare spaces in the province, with nearly 3,300 children on wait lists. Not-for-profits will be prioritized.
    • True North Salmon in St. George plans to double the size of its salmon processing plant with the help of $6.7M in repayable loans. In total, $55M is being spent to upgrade equipment and build a 65,000 ft2 processing plant and a 13,880 ft2 freezer building.
    • Unity Acquisitions has entered into an agreement with Mastermind Toys to acquire 66 stores across Canada, but 18 stores will close. The locations in Saint John and Fredericton are among those closing, while the Moncton store will stay open.
    • Two friends who lost their jobs during the pandemic have opened the Hope-Wellness Eco-Resort, located in the woods of Hillsborough. The facility is powered by solar panels, which has a Nordic spa, a yoga dome and cabins in the forest.
    • According to Statistics Cananada, 11% of women and 16% of men were self-employed in 2022. The report also stated that 80% of self-employed women and 68% of self-employed men had no employees in 2022.
    • CBC/Radio Canada announced it will cut about 10% of its workforce or roughly 600 unionized and non-unionized positions, due to financial pressures. Another 200 vacant positions will also be cut. It’s unknown how many layoffs will be in Atlantic Canada.
    • The N.B. government has introduced legislation that would force five public-sector unions into shared-risk pension plans, which the union says violates its collective agreement. CUPE union leaders are warning of possible strike action in response.
    • The N.B. Peat Producers Association states that wet weather conditions this year has resulted in peat production being down about 40%, making it one of the worst seasons on record. The industry employs about 2,000 people and generates about $250M in economic activity annually.
    • According to the Human Development Council’s Living Wage report, food and housing were the top two expenses in every New Brunswick city they studied. The living wage is the pay rate needed to meet basic needs and ranged from $21.65 to $24.50 an hour.
    • Horizon Health Network states it will stop using temporary nurses from private agencies by March 2024, while Vitalité plans to do the same by winter 2026. The N.B. Nurses Union states that travel nurses cost the province almost $57M over five months.
  • Week of 2023-11-24 to 2023-11-30
    • A physician assistant (PA) pilot program at the Fredericton hospital will be expanded across emergency rooms in the province. PAs earn between $100,000 and $115,000 and have been used in ERs to conduct exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, and order and interpret tests.
    • Despite the province’s pledge to boost counsellors in the school system, there are only six school psychologists serving 73,000 students in N.B’s English school system. In comparison, the French school system has 22 psychologists serving 30,000 students.
    • According to a new report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, labour shortages have cost small businesses across Canada over $38B. Lack of staff has meant that existing employees have had to work harder. Employers have had to cut down on hours and turn down services and contracts.
    • ARC Clean Technology and NB Power signed a memorandum of understanding with Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP) to explore collaborative opportunities to develop small modular nuclear reactor technology in Canada, Korea, the U.S. and elsewhere.
    • The Kent Regional Service Commission is finalizing plans, which would see Mennonite families from Ontario buy 1,000 acres of land in Acadieville and settle down to farm the land. It is hoped that it will help revitalize the region's agriculture sector.
    • The Saint John Airport is looking to diversify its revenue streams and is exploring the possibility of leasing airport property for the development of a hotel. Other ideas being considered include adding a gas station, quick-service restaurant, and retail stores.
    • The Atlantic Canada Cruise Association reports that more than 600 cruise ships came to the region between April and August, with a 28% increase in port calls. The Port of Sydney and Saint John experienced record-breaking activity in 2023.
    • Saint John is working on its first District Energy System, which will see thermal energy distributed to multiple uptown Saint John buildings. The project will cost about $2.4M and is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 502 tonnes.
    • Mastermind Toys, the Canadian toy retailer, has filed for creditor protection and intends to close some of its 66 stores across Canada. The company states that it faced a number of challenges such as the pandemic, increased competition, and a poor economy.
    • Concerns are being voiced about N.B.’s agricultural policy, as the blueberry industry expands with industrial-level production, while the number of locally owned farms shrinks. The industry is faced with aging farmers, labour shortages, and extreme weather.
    • N.S.-based Serious Incident Response Team has opened a bilingual independent police watchdog office at Marysville Place in Fredericton. Once fully staffed it will employ an assistant director, three investigators and an administrative person.
    • Fredericton-based Bulletproof Solutions, an IT and cybersecurity firm, is going to expand and add 240 new full-time jobs over four years. Positions include security analysts, service desk agents, MS Cloud security specialists, and security pen testers.
  • Week of 2023-11-17 to 2023-11-23
    • Saint John’s growth committee has approved the hiring of an additional bylaw officer to address issues such as zoning violations and unsightly properties. The city has seen an increase in case numbers and currently only has one bylaw officer.
    • Moncton is proposing to change some bylaws in order to streamline its development approvals process for new housing, which would include the elimination of public hearings. The aim is to reduce barriers, lessen delays, and speed up construction projects.
    • A developper has bought the former St. Vincent's school on Cliff Street in Saint John, with plans to convert the property into 50 residential units. Though structurally sound, the building is over 100 years old and has been vacant since 2002.
    • The Atlantic Recruitment working group is looking to recruit international health-care workers in a more collaborative approach, as opposed to drawing from other provinces. Dubai, India, the Philippines, and Ireland are all potential recruitment sites.
    • Grand Lake’s mayor is hoping the NBCC can offer local training for correctional workers in preparation of the new $42M Central New Brunswick Correctional Centre to be built in Minto. Over 120 jobs are expected to be created as a result, with about 95 being correctional workers.

      Telegraph Journal
    • The Canadian Real Estate Association reports that N.B.’s home sales figures were up slightly in October, compared to October 2022. Greater Moncton sales were up 11.1%, Northern and Valley Regions (+5.3%), Fredericton (+2.2%), but fell in Saint John by 19.4%.
    • Moncton will receive more than $15M over three years from the federal housing accelerator fund, which with the hope that it results in almost 500 more housing units being built in the city. The money will be used to help home builders and speed up construction development.
    • New figures by Statistics Canada show that N.B.’s average cost of rent increased by 9% over the past year and has gone up 28.7% since October 2020, the highest in Canada. The province’s population growth has outpaced new construction, pushing prices up.
  • Week of 2023-11-10 to 2023-11-16
    • Fifty-one new frontline RCMP policing positions will be added over the next two years in N.B., thanks to $20.5M in provincial funding. Fifteen positions will be in central N.B., eight in the southeast, six in Kent and western N.B., and additional hires in other areas.
    • Scotiabank has announced that it will close its Nackawic branch, which is the only bank in the rural town. The bank plans to shut down at least 18 branches across the Atlantic region, including McAdam, Shippagan and Petitcodiac.
    • A new business opened up on Hampton Road in Rothesay last month, which sells a selection of hand-made frozen and semi-cooked Ukrainian food. plans to begin offering dine-in and takeout by the end of November.

      Telegraph Journal
    • The federal government will provide $32M in low-cost loans to build 132 boutique rental homes at 650 Waterloo Row in Fredericton. The N.B. government has established a rent bank as part of its new housing strategy and will begin leasing units in May 2024.
    • The community of Fundy Albert will get $12M in funding to upgrade its aging water infrastructure, including building a new well and pumping system. It is expected to be constructed in 2 to 2½ years.
    • Port Saint John reports that it had another strong cruise ship season in 2023. The city had 74 cruise ship visits, which brought over 172,000 passengers to the port, a 16% increase over the previous year.
    • Taco Bell officially opened a new stand-alone location this month at 977 Fairville Boulevard in Saint John, which is adding 37 new jobs to the region.
    • A 870-unit development that is proposed to be built between Golf Club Road and Prospect Street was approved by Fredericton City Council. Cedar Valley’s plan includes seven apartment buildings with some commercial units, as well as townhouses and detached homes.
    • Human service counsellors in N.B. are wondering why they are receiving a $1 an hour top-up in wages, while other community support workers, like PCWs get an extra $2.50 an hour. The field has had retention issues over the years, especially within non-profits.
    • Compass Housing has broken ground on a new two-storey 42-unit development in Saint Andrews. Located at the corner of Mowat Drive and Bar Road, the building will include mainly two-bedroom units (31), as well as six one-bedroom and five three-bedroom units.
  • Week of 2023-11-03 to 2023-11-09
    • The Atlantica Centre for Energy has created a new literacy project called Fuel 4 the Future (F4F). The aim is to raise awareness of opportunities in the clean energy sector and create new career pathways in clean hydrogen, biofuels, and renewable natural gas.
    • Irving Oil has signed a 10-year deal with Alberta-based Grow the Energy Circle Ltd. to supply it with up to 60,000 gigajoules of renewable natural gas. The natural gas is produced from organic waste and will help Irving shift to lower carbon energy solutions.
    • Goold’s Flowers Ltd. in Sussex will close its doors after nearly 150 years in operation. The business faced a recent downturn in business from COVID and competing against larger retail stores in town.
    • Fredericton city councillors are considering a proposal to add Sunday bus service next year between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. If the proposal is approved, the city will need to hire six more drivers, a dispatcher, a service worker and a service technician.
    • N.B. Power has backed down from its plan to sponsor construction of a salt-based energy storage system, deeming it to be too expensive. When the plan was announced two years ago, it was estimated that up to 240 new jobs would be created as a result of the project.
    • Veterinarians across Canada are increasingly reporting burnout and deteriorating mental health conditions due to elevated stress levels, staff shortages and growing demand for services. Canada has had a shortage of vet technologists, technicians and vets.
    • The Hôtel Shediac in downtown Shediac, has declared bankruptcy, after years of financial difficulty. The hotel employs roughly 45 full-time and part-time employees and is still open, but staff are hoping a new owner will take over the operations.
  • Week of 2023-10-27 to 2023-11-02
    • The N.B. government has introduced legislation that will ban N.B. Power from providing electricity service to any new cryptocurrency mining operations. The province's two mines, Hive Blockchain Technologies and Chief Fuels, would consume 96 megawatts of energy.
    • The founder of Saint John’s waterfront container village has seen success with its collection of nearly 40 N.B. vendors that operate out of modified shipping containers. In its second season it saw over 250,000 visitors, with many coming from cruise ships.
    • The old Cherry Brook Zoo in Saint John has been bought by Origins Natural Learning Childcare, who will turn it into a nature-based early learning and childcare campus. Site work is expected to start later this year and will have over 100 spaces when done.
    • According to the First Atlantic Municipal Report released by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), small businesses want more support from municipalities. They would like to see reduced taxes, less paperwork, and quicker processing.
    • The city is considering a proposal for a 200 unit residential project to be built at 1440 Loch Lomond Road in east Saint John. The developer noted that the city has an extremely low rental vacancy rate, but the land would need to be rezoned from farm land.
    • The N.B. College of Physicians and Surgeons has launched the province's Practice-ready Assessment program, with the aim to increase the number of foreign-trained doctors. Over 100 doctors have already applied and 10 are currently undergoing a 12-week evaluation.
    • Uride, an Ontario-based ridesharing company, is making inroads in New Brunswick. The company officially launched in Fredericton this month and has started recruiting for drivers to offer the service in Saint John and Moncton, hopefully before Christmas.
    • The N.B. Association of Nursing Homes says that the rising senior population will further impact healthcare in the province, which already has a shortage of labour. It is expected that residents over 65 years of age will grow by 26,300 in the next five years.
    • Health departments across Canada are increasingly using nursing agencies to fill shifts that aren’t covered by current staff. Agency nurses get higher pay and have more flexibility, while working beside public system nurses who earn less and are asked to work more.
    • N.B. is looking to establish a new overseas office, with the goal to recruit 10,000 skilled tradespeople. The province will consider countries that have the best transferability of skills, high unemployment, good education levels, and solid language skills.

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    • The federal government made changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, which will allow employers in seven sectors that have labour shortages, to hire up to 30% of their staff until Aug 30, 2024. Sectors include accommodation and food services, construction, food manufacturing and hospitals.

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    • Project: Village Housing, a 30-unit housing project planned for Blacks Harbour, has been delayed as it awaits federal funding approval. Once CMHC gives final approval, the project can be put out to tender and hopefully begin construction in the spring.
    • The New Brunswick government wants to amend the child-care deal it has with Ottawa, to allow funding to go to for-profit daycare centres as well. Most daycare centres in the province are for-profit and there aren’t enough non-profit centres to meet demand.
  • Week of 2023-10-20 to 2023-10-26
    • Moncton's Salvus Clinic has closed its doors after being in operation for over 10 years, having failed to secure a new location. The community clinic provided medical care and housing support to 4,200 patients. Its mobile health van, which employs 24 staff, will continue.
    • Port Saint John is working with Acre Architects to come up with a 10-to-15-year project list, but is already looking to establish a cold storage facility close to the container terminal, as well as beautifying the land surrounding the port.
    • Cedar Valley Investments is proposing to build seven apartment buildings, eleven townhouses and two dozen single detached homes between Golf Club Road and Prospect Street in Fredericton. The city would have to rezone the area before allowing the proposal.
    • Scotiabank’s McAdam branch will close down in June 2024 and residents will have to travel to Fredericton for in-person services. The bank also closed branches in in Bath, near Florenceville-Bristol, and on Grand Manan Island in 2022.
    • A $2M housing development in Miramichi with 20 units is nearly completed, with more than half of which are designated for affordable housing. The development also has designated units for at-risk youth and families facing domestic violence.
    • Moncton is looking to change its zoning rules to allow four-unit buildings in any residential area, in order to get $13.4M through the Housing Accelerator Fund. The city is one of the fastest-growing metro areas in Canada and is expected to grow 44% by 2046.
    • ArtsLinkNB is asking the New Brunswick government for a $25M investment in the province’s arts and culture sector as it deals with high inflation rates. The arts and culture sector contributed $578M to the province’s economy in 2021.
    • The first of five buildings proposed for the $300M Fundy Quay development project in Saint John is expected to begin foundation work later this fall. The six-storey building will have 79 residential units, along with ground-floor retail.
  • Week of 2023-10-13 to 2023-10-19
    • New research from KPMG Canada found that extreme weather events this year have impacted nearly 60% of small and medium-sized businesses in Canada. Over 50% of those surveyed experienced a significant rise in overall costs, while 44% reported a direct loss in revenue.
    • A recent survey by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) states that 76% of N.B. small businesses are concerned about costs, 70% are concerned with taxes, and 53% with labour policies.
    • A digital talent pipeline initiative was launched by the New Brunswick Community College and UNB Saint John, with the help of a $1M gift. The N.B. program will invest in student scholarships, improve curriculum, and explore research in digital tech.
    • The largest barn on the Degenhardt’s European Sausage Farm in Petitcodiac burnt down, killing 28 birds in the fire. The fire won’t impact the sausage business, but the farm’s water supply was damaged, and the uninsured barn will need to be replaced.
    • N.B. and N.S. have reached an agreement with the federal government on phasing out coal and increasing the use of renewable energy to generate electricity by 2030. The plan involves upgraded transmission lines, with an emphasis on wind, solar and nuclear power.
    • A wind power report states that Atlantic Canada has the opportunity to become a global leader in renewable energy if it harnesses its offshore wind potential. The Sable Island Bank could ideally handle 1,000 offshore turbines and supply around 70,000 GWs.
    • Moncton has seen an increase in business theft, leading to greater demand for security services. Eastern Safety Services has doubled its staff in the past year to 20. Figures show that retail theft increased by 36% in Moncton from 2020 to 2021.
    • Health ministers from across Canada have identified its main priorities for health care. These include improving retention, examining training and supply demands, quicker international credential process, easier labour mobility, and improved workforce data.
  • Week of 2023-10-06 to 2023-10-12
    • Saint John council has approved a proposed ball hockey facility that is planned to be built at 1660 Manawagonish Road in the city’s west side. The goal is to have the $2.5M facility completed in the fall of 2024, which will include a licensed lounge.
    • Giant Tiger plans to open a new location at 450 Westmorland Road in Saint John on November 4. The company has announced that it plans to open six new locations in eastern Canada.
    • Saint John’s inside workers and the City of Saint John have ratified a working agreement, which will see wage increases from Jan. 2022 to Jan. 2026, as well as extra payments.
    • The N.B. government’s Nursing Homes Without Walls program is expanding to include 14 nursing homes. The program provides health and social services for seniors still living at home. Participating homes are located all across the province.
    • The Fromagerie de la République in Edmunston will receive almost $540K in provincial and federal money to help expand the business from a dairy farm into a cheese factory. New Brunswick accounted for $142.6M in dairy sales in 2022.
    • According to Statistics Canada, employment levels rose by 64,000 across Canada in September, although the unemployment rate remained at 5.5%. N.B. lost 2,700 jobs, whereas N.S. and P.E.I. added 1,800 and 2,700, respectively.
    • The N.B. government will invest $22.5M a year as part of its Housing for All strategy. One stream of funding will be for preconstruction, such as water, roads and wastewater. The other stream of funding is for small community housing infrastructure.
  • Week of 2023-09-29 to 2023-10-05
    • A new study from Online Mortgage Advisor reports that out of all Canadian cities, Moncton has experienced the biggest deterioration in rental affordability. The study compared average salary to rent payments between 2018 and 2022. Relative to other Canadian cities, renters paid 11.3% more in Moncton.
    • Perivale + Taylor and Cornerstone released its findings on policing services in the Moncton area. The study recommends keeping the Codiac Regional RCMP as establishing a municipal bilingual force of 180 officers would be difficult and cost millions more.
    • New Brunswick pharmacists can now diagnose and treat conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye. Pharmacists can now assess and treat 12 common ailments, in an effort to free up space in walk-in clinics and hospitals.
    • The new president of the New Brunswick Medical Society says that recruitment and retention of doctors will be her main priority. She would like to see more medical school seats for N.B. residents and increase the number of those trained in New Brunswick.
    • Saint John’s inside workers have rejected the city’s latest offer and its union is preparing a counterproposal. The city states that its offer includes up to two years of sick benefits, average wages between $65,000 and $75,000, and a full pension.
    • The New Brunswick Teachers’ Federation has signed a new collective agreement, which will see teachers receive an extra 15% over five years, retroactive to 2021. Other issues addressed included recruitment, retention and instructional time.
    • New Brunswick has experienced more population growth in the past two years than it did in the 29 years prior. Statistics Canada estimates that the New Brunswick population is around 834,691 this year, an increase of more than 25,000 from 2022.
  • Week of 2023-09-22 to 2023-09-28
    • The College of Family Physicians of Canada wants the residency programs for family doctors to increase from two to three years in 2027. While this extra clinical specialty training could better prepare doctors and physicians, it could also add to the shortage of family doctors.
    • The federal government will begin its category-based selection from the Express Entry immigration pool this week and begin with agriculture and agri-food occupations. The process will allow Canada to invite those with specific skills and training.
    • The federal government will begin its category-based selection from the Express Entry immigration pool this week and begin with agriculture and agri-food occupations. The process will allow Canada to invite those with specific skills and training.

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    • Torrid, a plus-size women’s retail clothing chain, is opening a new location at McAllister Place in Saint John. The company is currently hiring for several positions and expects to hire as many as 16 employees by the time they open in January 2024.
    • Horizon Health will close an 18-bed unit at the Saint John Regional Hospital, which will displace 13 registered nurses and 13 licensed practical nurses. In its place two protected surgical units with a total of 76 beds will be created at the hospital.
    • The New Brunswick Crown Prosecutors Association states that provincial prosecutors are getting burned out, as a shortage of prosecutors persists. Although 18 of 30 new positions have been filled since April 11, some have retired, resigned or moved elsewhere.
    • The Government of Canada has announced $9M to help improve the readiness of designated climate comfort centres. Funding will be used for facility and equipment upgrades, emergency supply purchases and training.
  • Week of 2023-09-15 to 2023-09-21
    • The N.B. Council of Nursing Home Unions, which represents 4,600 nursing home workers, says wait lists will only get worse without better pay. Lower pay has made it difficult to recruit and retain workers like licensed practical nurses, cleaners and cooks.

      Telegraph Journal
    • RBC's latest macroeconomic outlook reports that N.B. is leading the country in job growth this year. A growing population, strong employment and consumer spending, along with an influx of interprovincial and international migrants has bolstered the labour market.

      Telegraph Journal
    • Four independent senators have released a report that is critical of Canada’s international education program and suggest that designated learning institutions (DLIs) need to be held accountable for their recruitment practices. They would like to see greater protection and support for international students and a national policy developed. Atlantic Canada accounts for 5% of international students.

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    • According to the Saint John Real Estate Board, home sales rebounded in August, but still remain about 10% lower than the long-term average. Inventory is down with 237 new listings in August, down 25% from a year earlier. Active listings are also down 23%.
    • Moncton's general manager of finance services reports that bid prices on construction and snow clearing are coming in nearly 10% to 30% higher than in 2021/22. Costs are rising due to a busy construction market, labour shortages, and higher material costs.
    • The owner of McGill’s restaurant announced that it would be closing its doors on Saint John’s Market Square boardwalk for good. Leading to the closure were challenges related to the pandemic and the ongoing Fundy Quay development.
    • ACOA announced it will invest $12.6M in core funding to support the 41 Community Business Development Corporations (CBDCs) in Atlantic Canada. CBDCs support economic development in primarily rural areas and help businesses to grow and create jobs.
    • The New Brunswick government has suspended American Iron & Metal's operating licence until a full investigation and review is complete. The scrapyard had a massive fire last week, which affected air quality, closed schools and neighbouring businesses.
  • Week of 2023-09-08 to 2023-09-14
    • The federal government made its first municipal agreement under the multi-billion dollar Housing Accelerator Fund, which is part of a new housing strategy. The idea is to offer incentives for municipalities to reduce red tape and allow for quicker construction.
    • A new report by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.(CMHC) states that Canada needs an additional 3.5M housing units by 2030, above and beyond current projections. Immigration, rising incomes, and limited supply are driving demand.
    • The provincial government has announced that a new collective agreement was reached with New Brunswick teachers. No details will be released until the agreement is officially signed.
    • Canada’s military has a vacancy rate of around 10% and recruitment has been unable to keep up. This comes after the Armed Forces relaxed the dress standards a year ago in an effort to attract new recruits. Other measures include offering signing bonuses and shorter contracts.
    • Unionized city workers in Saint John are on strike, stating that the city’s latest offer falls short on wage increases. Workers include 911 operators, recreation, customer service, tech positions, admin support, permitting, bylaw and financial services.
    • New Brunswick’s oldest independent bookstore, Fredericton's Westminster Books, will continue operating under new ownership as the Westminster Bookmark. The former owner had retired and the new owners run the Bookmark stores in Charlottetown and Halifax.
    • The town of Quispamsis has applied for $9M from the federal Housing Accelerator Fund to address its housing shortfall. It expects to need about 1,500 additional units over the next 20 years. About 83% of the housing stock is currently single detached homes and apartments.
  • Week of 2023-09-01 to 2023-09-07
    • Saint John and Bathurst will open N.B. Health Link clinics next week, which connects patients with a doctor or nurse practitioner. The program launched in the Moncton region last year and provides health care via telephone, online, or in-person.
    • N.B. musicians say that making music as a living is hard and requires spending money on instruments, studio time and even merchandise. Music N.B. reports that most musicians need a second job and some make money by doing studio work and teaching.
    • A new fast-tracked nursing program will begin next year at UNB Saint John. The three-year nursing degree is expected to help address the shortage of nurses, and will offer 21 additional seats in the bachelor of nursing program in Saint John.
    • Commercial licence holders in the Maritime baby eel fishery have lost their legal bid to overturn the federal decision to cut the commercial elver quota by 14% and give it to Indigenous bands, without compensation to private licence holders.
    • The union that represents the City of Saint John workers claims that collective agreement negotiations have stalled, while the City states they have a fair deal on the table. Workers include 911 dispatch, recreation, financials and customer service.
    • Despite the N.B. Dept. of Health having a 2022 report that calls on the government to expand midwifery services and explore educational programs, no action has been taken. There are only four active midwives in N.B. and only Fredericton has a clinic.
    • New Brunswick’s coalition for seniors' rights states that the province has 984 people on nursing home wait lists, with 523 of them waiting in a hospital. The province has opened 120 new nursing home beds since January and offers some interim home support.

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  • Week of 2023-08-25 to 2023-08-31
    • The City of Saint John says it needs to double the number of housing starts to meet the needs of its growing population, which is targeted to grow by 2%. The city is expecting 300 housing starts in 2023 and currently has a rental vacancy rate below 2%.
    • New Brunswick's first JYSK Canada store is looking to open at 384 Lancaster Avenue in Saint John. The building would have to be rezoned from commercial to retail. JYSK sells furniture, mattresses, bedding, interior décor, outdoor products, and accessories.
    • Saint John’s Four Eyes Financial is getting up to $480K in payroll rebates from Opportunities NB, to assist in the hiring of 40 new FT employees over the next three years. Another $25K in funding will help with further expansion across Canada and the U.S.
    • The New Brunswick government will invest up to $487K in a new Learn Where you Live program. The program will give practical nurses the option to complete their nursing degree in Miramichi or Moncton, and not solely at the Fredericton campus.
    • A committee has been formed with five representatives from the City of Fredericton and another five from the New Brunswick Exhibition, to decide the final plans to develop the final plan for turning the Exhibition Grounds into a housing development.
    • New Brunswick’s 600+ correctional workers will now be included under presumptive PTSD legislation, which will provide support to those diagnosed with PTSD. Correctional officers are often exposed to violence, conflicts and other disturbances.
    • The Université de Moncton and the union that represents its administrative and support staff have reached a tentative agreement. Negotiations have been ongoing since December. No details of the deal have been released at this time.
    • Saint John Transit has found success with on-demand electric buses, which has shown to have doubled ridership numbers, while also costing less. A 20-foot electric bus costs about half of a 40-foot diesel bus and a electric bus can be charged for only $4.
  • Week of 2023-08-18 to 2023-08-24
    • Mountain Equipment Company will officially open this month in the Mapleton Power Centre in Moncton. This will be the second location in the Maritimes. The 25,000-square-foot location on Wyse Street will sell a variety of outdoor sports gear.
    • NB Liquor and Cannabis NB released first-quarter results, with total sales up 0.4% ($134.2M) for the liquor corp. and total product sales up 11% ($21.9M) for Cannabis NB. Despite this net income for NB Liquor fell 2.1%, while Cannabis NB income rose 24.3%.
    • The N.B. nurses union says that only 234 of the 657 nurses recently registered have actually been hired by the Horizon and Vitalité Health Networks. Over 400 nurses that are registered are temporary employees that will work short contracts.
    • Moncton has awarded a $3.3M contract to Fram Enterprises Inc. to begin the first phase of major infrastructure work being done downtown. Sewer, electrical, and communication lines will be relocated, as well as raising street levels to reduce flood risks.
    • UNB has announced a new Research Institute in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence which will bring together various faculties at UNB to work collaboratively on AI and data science research. It is believed that businesses will need AI to stay competitive.
    • Temporary foreign workers hired to work as lobster processors in New Brunswick are struggling this year, with a lack of work and a Canadian system that doesn’t allow them to find other work or apply for E.I. benefits. Most workers have returned home early.
    • Canada is seeing a steady influx of international students, with a record 550,150 international study permits issued last year, but more student housing is needed. There is currently no cap on students allowed or requirement for schools to build housing.
    • Canadian tech companies using the Global Talent Stream (GTS) to recruit foreign workers has dipped 2.8% in the first quarter of 2023, compared to the same period in 2022. The use of GTS is still above pre-pandemic levels, despite layoffs and hiring slowdowns.
    • The City of Miramichi is seeking $13.8M from CMHC’s Housing Accelerator Fund for 11 initiatives to support new residential development in order to address its housing shortage. The application requires a housing supply growth target and initiatives to meet it.

      Telegraph Journal
    • A Conference Board of Canada report states that Moncton’s growth in 2023-24 will be driven by construction, manufacturing, public admin and healthcare. Consumer spending is projected to slow down, resulting in job losses in the retail and wholesale sectors.

      Telegraph Journal
    • Two levels of government will invest $1.1M in tourism infrastructure for Fundy-St. Martins, including lighthouse renovations, a new amphitheatre, and accessibility and traffic improvements. Phase one of the project will likely take 2-3 years to complete.

      Telegraph Journal
    • Licensed cannabis producers and retailers continue to struggle due to dropping prices, a saturated market and a heavy tax burden. They are predicting a significant increase in the number of bankruptcies within the next 18 months without any federal level changes to help the industry.
  • Week of 2023-08-11 to 2023-08-17
    • Eight N.B. post-secondary schools have joined together for a new program called Study NB, which is a one-stop website resource on academic offerings, financial aid, student housing and New Brunswick itself. The aim is to attract more students to N.B.
    • Daycare centres in N.B. are seeing strong demand for their services, but despite the province allocating new spaces to operators, some centres don’t have the physical space to expand. Since September 2021, the province has created 1,422 daycare spaces.

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    • Two levels of government will invest over $44.5M to support infrastructure renewal in Fredericton, such as improvements to water pipes, sewage, and multi-use trails. The investment will end up creating jobs and helping with economic growth.
    • New Brunswick's former chief economist states that even with moderate population growth, the province needs about 7,000 to 8,000 new skilled construction trades workers to replace those retiring and to meet the growing demand. In 2021 there were only 327 students enrolled in N.B. trade programs.

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    • Recent job data from Statistics Canada shows that construction employment has decreased by 71,000 across Canada since January 2023. The industry has 80,000 vacancies, which has impacted costs and productivity, while there is a growing need for new homes.
    • The Northumberland Strait fall lobster fishery has opened up after weather delays, allowing boats in southern P.E.I., northwestern N.S. and southeastern N.B. to set their traps. Demand for this season's catch is expected to be high and push up prices.
    • The N.B. Council of Nursing Home Unions states that negotiations have stalled with the government. The union says the government hasn’t moved far from its 6% wage increase offer over five years, which makes it hard to attract and retain staff.
  • Week of 2023-08-04 to 2023-08-10
    • Saint John has received 406 building-related permit applications worth $100M between January and July 2023. There have been 220 residential units created so far, with an additional 19 projects planned, that will add an additional 2,300 new units.
    • UNB has partnered with a university in India, in a program that will train 25 nurses each year over four years. The province will spend $1.24M on the program and hope that students that complete the degree will come to N.B. to work.
    • As the federal government tries to expand access to dental care through the Canadian Dental Care Plan, its success could be hampered by a shortage of dental staff. Across Canada there is a scarcity of dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and other staff.

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    • The Canadian Federation of Independent Business states that 20% of all businesses in Canada could be at risk of closing as COVID loans approach a year-end deadline. The government says that 12,091 N.B. businesses received loans totalling about $648M.

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    • The Environment Minister has ordered a comprehensive environmental review for the proposed small modular reactor (SMR) project at Point Lepreau. ARC Clean Energy and NB Power are heading the project, with the aim to be net-zero by 2035.
    • Ambulance New Brunswick plans to operate a secondary plane to enhance air ambulance service for Grand Manan, which could see up to six more pilots hired. On average about 100 patients from Grand Manan are flown by medevac each year.
    • N.B. car dealerships say they are still faced with supply issues, with inventory below pre-COVID levels. Some dealers don't have any cars on the lot and have to order from the factory. New car prices have gone up, leading to higher demand for used cars.
    • YOYOSO, a fashion and leisure department store, will open its first Atlantic Canadian location in Fredericton’s Regent Mall. Although an opening date has not been given, the retailer is currently looking for management and part-time employees.
    • Moncton’s Greystone Energy Systems Inc. will receive $280K in payroll rebates from Opportunities NB, which will support its plans to add 34 new full-time jobs at the company’s headquarters between 2022 and 2025. Greystone is a leading manufacturer in the province.
    • Work is underway at UNB’s Saint John campus on the new $50M Health and Social Innovation Centre. Expected to open in 2025, the 65,000-ft2 facility will offer teaching and research facilities, and will be the hub for the Integrated Health Initiative.
    • Air Canada has announced that the Saint John airport will lose two of its three daily direct flights to Toronto and one of two flights to Montreal, while Fredericton will lose one daily flight. The cuts were due to high demand for pilots and supply chain issues.
    • The federal government announced a new three-year pilot program, which will speed up the approval process for companies with a track record of using foreign workers. It is hoped it will help with labour shortages, especially in the agricultural sector.
  • Week of 2023-07-28 to 2023-08-03
    • N.B. will run a one-year pilot project, which will have pharmacists at six locations who will manage and prescribe for certain chronic conditions, such as diabetes and asthma. The aim is to expand across the province and improve access to primary care.
    • East Coast Restaurants Group has introduced a new concept in N.B., a virtual kitchen. Unlike a typical restaurant that has a dining room and wait staff, this one has 18 restaurants in one kitchen, and all food is ordered and delivered via delivery apps.
    • Ambulance New Brunswick has hired 21 emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and will add multi-patient vehicles for non-urgent transfers. It is hoped that it will help paramedics to better respond to emergency calls using ambulances.
    • The N.B. government has selected Minto as the site of a new $42M jail. The community is expected to benefit from new jobs and see potential spinoffs from the jail. Work is expected to begin in the fall and start construction of the building in the spring.
    • The federal program Skills for Success will provide $1.5M in funding to Black Lives Matter New Brunswick, which will assist 30 racialized individuals to receive carpentry training this year at the Carpenter and Millwright College in Saint John.

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    • The New Brunswick Teachers' Federation has reached a tentative deal with the province, after two years without a collective agreement. The federation’s main issues have been higher wages and improved working conditions for its 7,800 workers.
  • Week of 2023-07-21 to 2023-07-27
    • The Government of Canada has announced $22.5M in joint federal/provincial/municipal funding to build the new Centre Régional des Générations in Caraquet. It will include an indoor arena with 600 seats, walking track, changing rooms, canteen, multipurpose community space and administrative area.
    • The Government of Canada has announced over $15.5M in joint federal/provincial/municipal funding to improve water and wastewater infrastructure and active transportation for Rivière-du-Nord and the Regional Municipality of Tracadie.
    • The Carrefour Coop project in Lamèque, NB has received $2.1M in joint federal/provincial funding to create a community hub and interpretive centre through the renovation of two current buildings and one new one. The centre will serve as an anchor product for the tourism experience in the peninsula.
    • The Government of Canada has announced over $8.8M in joint federal/provincial funding to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in Belle-Baie and Bathurst. This investment will enable improvements to lift stations, sanitary sewer lines, water lines, storm sewers and drainage.
    • Current cost estimates for the revitalization of the New Brunswick Museum in Saint John are $150M with a reopening date target of early 2026. It will remain in its original home on Douglas Avenue and will incorporate a new design that will upgrade and preserve the nearly century-old facility.
  • Week of 2023-07-14 to 2023-07-20
    • Moncton council has voted in favour of Icon Development’s proposal to build a mixed-use building of six to 30 floors at Main and Harper streets. If built as proposed, it will be Moncton’s tallest building and would include 288 residential units.
    • Independent woodlot owners in N.B. are concerned that the province’s new timber royalty system will result in forestry companies paying much lower royalties than before. N.B. sawmills posted record incomes in 2021 and 2022, as lumber prices soared.
    • Nav Canada, which oversees Canada's air traffic controllers, says it's recruiting and training over 400 new staff in order to address a labour shortage across Canada. During the pandemic Nav Canada cut 720 jobs and terminated its training program.
    • Statistics Canada released figures showing that Canada’s inflation rate rose 2.8% year over year in June. P.E.I. had the lowest year-over-year increase at 0.2%, while Newfoundland and Labrador’s inflation rate was 1.7%, N.S. was 1.9%, and N.B. was 2.1%.
    • Moncton's fire chief says that as the city grows and builds more highrises, there is a need for more training, equipment, and personnel as a result. The department has 21 firefighters available on duty per shift, but highrise fires require more staff.
    • The regional tourism marketing organization for Moncton-Dieppe says tourism activity looks to be returning to pre-pandemic levels. Tourism operators state the first quarter of 2023 has been exceptional and have had good occupancy levels.
    • A developer is proposing to build four apartment complexes off of Jacques Street in Shediac, if the property can be rezoned. The proposed development would have 600 residential units, recreational facilities like a pickleball court, pool, and a BBQ area.
    • Saint John council is considering a rezoning application for a proposed 80 apartment development in Saint John’s west side. The plan is to build two 24-unit buildings and a 30-unit building between Green Head Road and Violet Street.
    • N.B. dairy farmers state that the amount of recent rain has caused delays in harvesting, which will result in low quality grass for the cows. This can result in less milk being produced and farmers having to buy other quality feed, which can be costly.
  • Week of 2023-07-07 to 2023-07-13
    • A new business, Broken Pieces Rage Room, has opened up on Rothesay Avenue in Saint John. Guests pay to smash various objects using a range of weapons, while dressed in head-to-toe safety gear.
    • According to the Nurses Association of New Brunswick, the province has registered 657 new nurses since December, with 464 coming from within Canada and 148 recruited internationally. During the same period in 2022 only 224 new nurses were registered.
    • A new restaurant, Twelve82, has opened near the Hartland Covered Bridge. The restaurant is made from a shipping container and its name refers to the bridge’s length, which is 1,282 feet. Diners can choose from burgers, poutine, chicken or even fish tacos.
    • The residential apartment building development known as “The Vistas” will have its first building with 87 units completed in the spring of 2024. Located at 60-80 Technology Drive in Saint John, the idea is to build four additional buildings based on demand.
    • Fredericton Transit is looking to offer Sunday service, but the drivers' collective agreement states they get double pay on Sundays -up to $54 an hour. Moncton-area bus drivers get regular pay on Sundays and those in Saint John get an extra $1.25 an hour.
    • The Nurses Association of New Brunswick (NANB) expects to process around 1,000 applications from nurses originally from outside of Canada by the end of the year. The NANB currently has 400 applications yet to be processed.

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    • After receiving an anonymous $2M donation, Riverview's planned recreation centre will add two extra swim lanes to its proposed pool and look at adding an outdoor skate park. Work is expected to start in 2024 at an estimated cost of $39 to $46M.
    • New Brunswick’s three airports are seeing an upswing in travel this summer. At the Moncton airport passenger traffic is up 15% over last year, Fredericton is up 35% in comparison, and flights through Saint John have mainly been full.
    • Customers of New Brunswick-based UNI Financial Cooperation have been unable to access their online banking accounts for days, as the bank experiences technical problems, as it transitions from its previous service agreement with Quebec’s Desjardins bank.
  • Week of 2023-06-30 to 2023-07-06
    • The New Brunswick government has made an agreement to provide $22M to help fund housing and roads projects in Neqotkuk First Nation. It is hoped that it will help address the housing shortage and repair its crumbling roads.
    • Jenna's Nut-Free Dessertery has expanded with a second location in Fredericton, which features a restaurant and store that offer nut-free items. The operation has also expanded into catering and food production, and even has a product sold in Sobeys.
    • Maple syrup producers in N.B. have been given access to an additional 5,000 hectares of Crown land over the next five years, which will allow the industry to expand further. New producers that enter the market are required to have at least 5,000 taps.
    • NB Power and ARC Clean Technology have submitted a licence to prepare site application for a small modular reactor development in New Brunswick. The company plans to have its reactor up and running at Point Lepreau by 2030.
    • The Electric Vehicle (EV) Association of Atlantic Canada says that with the carbon tax driving up fuel costs, there should be increased interest in people buying EVs. Rebates for EVs can also be as high as $10K in provinces like N.S. and N.B.
    • N.B farmers report that heavy rainfall and a lack of sun will cause crop delays and reduce overall crop production. The excessive rain caused delays in planting crops and in harvesting, which farmers state is bad for business.
  • Week of 2023-06-23 to 2023-06-29
    • Ottawa announced a new express entry stream for health professionals in the economic immigration program. Invitations will go to foreign doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, physiotherapists and optometrists to apply for permanent residency in Canada.
    • A million-dollar housing development slated to be built in Richibucto to help address the housing crisis, has fallen through due to the smell from the Coastal Shell Products plant. The developer was told that the land can’t be used for residential use.
    • A combined $62M will go toward converting Fredericton’s justice building on Queen Street to become the new University of New Brunswick faculty of law. It is estimated that 350 new law students will enrol in the faculty over the next five years.
    • IBM’s client innovation centre in Fredericton has announced that it has cut an unspecified number of positions. The centre when first announced, stated it would create up to 250 full-time jobs, such as developers, testers, business analysts, and designers.

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    • Elections NB is looking to recruit 49 returning officers for the 2024 provincial election and has opened an online recruitment portal. Recruitment will end on September 15 and training is expected to begin in March 2024.
    • My City Life, a consignment store with unique products, is opening its fourth location in Saint John at the Parkway Mall in July and will follow with a fifth location in Bedford, N.S. More stores will open across the Maritimes over the next 10 years.
    • A new vintage clothing store has opened in Saint John called Park Plaza Vintage. The store has opened at suite 101 - 615 Rothesay Ave and will feature unique and original pieces of clothing from the 60s, 70s, and 80s.
    • Beer Bread, a new pizza restaurant is opening in Uptown Saint John this month. The eatery will open at 7 Market Square and will feature Detroit-style pizza.
    • Fisheries and Oceans has announced that it will double the redfish experimental quota in Atlantic Canada, but N.S.-based Ka'le Bay Seafoods states that there is already too much redfish in the market and this will cause the price to drop.

    • A New Brunswick research team has been studying the province's community care sector for nearly two years and has released findings of their research. They found that the sector is in crisis, with underpaid staff, tight schedules, and retention issues.

    • Moncton city council has awarded a $60K contract to CBRE Ltd. to study the feasibility of including a convention-centre space in a private development downtown. It is expected that the feasibility report will be ready to go to council in the fall.
    • The New Brunswick Council of Nursing Homes, which represents 4,600 nursing home workers across N.B., is disappointed by the government’s offer of a 6% wage increase over 5 years. Workers include laundry and resident attendants, and licensed practical nurses.
    • Many airlines are struggling to find qualified pilots, due to a limited labour supply and greater demand for air travel. Transport Canada says about 1,100 pilot licences were granted annually prior to the pandemic, compared to under 500 in 2020 and 238 in 2022.
  • Week of 2023-06-16 to 2023-06-22
    • New Brunswick Health Council's latest survey reports that only one in three people can see their family doctor or nurse practitioner within five days. When unable to get an appointment they have turned to pharmacists, ER departments, and walk-in clinics for help.
    • The YMCA of Greater Saint John will spend $2.3M to turn the Glenn Carpenter Centre into a year-round facility, as part of their five-year plan. They also want to open four new child care centres by 2027, which would require at least 100 to 150 new staff.

      Telegraph Journal
    • New research by TD Bank has found that more women with young children are joining the Canadian labour force, due to more flexible work environments and better access to child care. The participation rate has increased to 78.8%, since the summer of 2020.

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    • Moncton city council saw details on a proposed 30-storey residential tower with 288 units, as well as 10 two-storey townhouses. If approved to be built, it would also have commercial and retail space and would be the tallest building in the city.
    • Over 35,000 members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada employed at the Canada Revenue Agency have ratified new collective agreements with the Treasury Board of Canada. The deal includes wage increases of 12.6% over 4 years and protections against contracting out.
    • The Greater Moncton Refugee Hiring Event was held on June 20 at the Hyatt Hotel. Around 70 candidates met with employers such as Apex Industries, Canadian Tire, Tim Hortons, Greystone Energy Systems, CIBC and J.D. Irving Limited.
    • The federal government will help over 170,000 fossil fuel workers move to a cleaner energy economy, which will include roughly 300 workers at the Belledune plant. It is unclear what will replace coal at the plant or if jobs would remain at the facility.

      Telegraph Journal
  • Week of 2023-06-09 to 2023-06-15
    • Irving Oil's announcement that its strategic review could involve a full or partial sale of the company could result in noticeable job losses. About 4,000 workers are currently employed at the refinery in the province.
    • The first privately run cannabis store in N.B., Cannabis Xpress, opened in Grand Bay-Westfield. Private retailers have to buy its supplies from Cannabis NB. Cannabis Xpress expects to also open locations in Hampton and Saint Andrews in the coming months.
    • Based on a report commissioned by the Restigouche Regional Service Commission, 205 additional housing units will be required per year in this region by 2026. In fact, a large number of immigrants are drawn to the region since baby boomers are retiring.

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    • The RCMP is now offering pre-posting agreements, which will ensure that successful N.B. applicants can be posted back in the province once they graduate from the RCMP Depot Academy in Regina. New members are typically posted to remote parts of Canada.
    • Each month seniors retire from the workforce and there are not enough people entering the labour force to replace these workers. This compounds the existing shortage of workers in the labour market. N.B. has as many as 17,000 job vacancies each quarter, which is why the Retiree Employment Agency works to fill jobs.

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    • APEC reports have identified over 500 major capital projects in the region this year, with an investment value of $225 billion, which is 48% higher than in 2022. There are concerns about a shortage of labour and worker retention, due in part to lack of housing and healthcare issues.
    • The national unemployment rate rose to 5.2% last month, the first increase since August of last year. New Brunswick's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.1% as a 1,200 increase in employment was coupled with a matching increase in the size of its labour force. The P.E.I. labour market lost 500 jobs and saw its unemployment rate increase slightly to 7.2%.
    • Richibucto's Coastal Shell Products has re-opened after it was shut down by the province for improper storage of shell waste. The 2,800 m2 facility employs about 12 people and processes lobster, crab, and shrimp shells, which is used in fertilizer and animal feed.
  • Week of 2023-06-02 to 2023-06-08
    • The New Brunswick Council of Nursing Home Unions (NBCNHU) wants funding guarantees and real wage increases in its bargaining contract. Its last contract expired in October and the sector has seen staff shortages and experienced high turnover.
    • City officials state that the Saint John waterfront revitalization project is on schedule to be completed by the end of 2023. The Fundy Quay project can now begin at the site, which will eventually see five buildings built with 677 residential units.
    • The $97M Burchill Wind Energy project is officially up and running with 10 turbines that will provide about 15% of Saint John’s power. The project was done by Natural Forces, in partnership with Tobique First Nation and will create a number of new jobs.
    • Port Saint John’s new terminal will begin receiving ships in mid-June, which has two super-post-Panamax quay cranes that are capable of handling ships up to 10,000 TEUs. In 2022 the port handled a record 150,000 TEUs and is looking to increase capacity.
    • A report prepared for the city of Moncton by SHS Consulting has found that the average price of a home in the Moncton-area rose 65.4% between 2017 and 2022. The average rental price, meanwhile, shot up by a more moderate but still-elevated 38% during the same period. Gaps identified include a lack of apartments and reduced accessibility.
    • The Pleasant Valley Market has opened in Sussex at 210 Main Street and has more to offer than a typical convenience store. The location offers a number of takeout options, as well as fresh produce, in-house butchered meats, and an area for local vendors.
    • Salisbury’s Green Pig Country Market has begun reconstruction work to replace the old market that burned down last year. The new building will be about double the size of the old space at 8,000 square feet, which is planned to open in the Spring of 2024.
    • A new report commissioned by the Housing Hub of New Brunswick says that housing starts are not keeping up with population growth, which is expected to result in a shortfall of almost 10,500 housing units by year's end. A lack of workers is cited as a cause.

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