Week of May 18 – May 22, 2015
- Southern Pacific Resource Corp., a Calgary-based energy company, recently announced that it will suspend operations at the STP-McKay oil sands facility by the end of July 2015. The company stated that the shutdown would be for up to three years while it seeks funding. A company executive stated that most of the 45 employees would likely be laid off.
- CP Rail is planning to train all employees who are physically able to become a qualified conductor and engineer in the event of a strike by unionized employees. CP and the employee union are currently in arbitration.
- Alberta Green Biotech has plans to produce up to $2M worth of medical marijuana at an indoor warehouse facility in Edmonton. The company plans to spend approximately $6M on construction once the development permit is approved.
- The Calgary Stampede held a job fair on May 14, 2015 with plans to hire for 450 vacant positions at the event. Many employees were hired on the spot, with salaries varying by the position.
- The Government of Canada is providing $319,219 from Canada Summer Jobs to support the creation of summer positions for students throughout the Peace region
- The 2015 Peace Region Petroleum Show, the third largest in North America, wrapped up in Grande Prairie on May 14, 2015. The two-day event attracted an estimated 10,000 visitors and exhibitors.
- The Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta is closing its offices in Edmonton and Calgary following defeat in the recent provincial election. One employee is being retained, but 10 full-time employees and four contract staff were laid off.
- MacEwan University is cutting 41 positions and raising tuition fees in an effort to balance its budget. According to the University, 34 of the 41 positions eliminated were vacant.
- The Italian Centre Shop, an Edmonton-based specialty food retailer, is opening a retail location in Calgary in July 2015. The company has further expansion plans for Red Deer, Grande Prairie and possibly another Calgary location.
- Tourism Calgary has reported that 2014 was a record year for tourism in the city, with over 8M visitors who spent $1.7B, an increase of 6.3% from 2013. An estimated 68,305 jobs were supported by the city’s tourism industry last year.
- Addiction Canada has recently opened a drug rehabilitation and addiction treatment facility at the abandoned hospital building in Glendon. The centre has hired staff consisting of several counselors, doctors, administrators and security guards.
- The Bonnyville Covenant Health Centre has created a new hospitalist program for the 13 physicians that serve the facility. The doctors now rotate on a weekly 24-hour call basis, in cooperation with nurses, pharmacists and therapists.
- A recent report from the Petroleum Labour Market Information Division of Enform is estimating that employment in the oil and gas sectors will decline by up to 185,000 jobs in 2015. Two-thirds of the losses are projected to be in Alberta.
- The City of Fort Saskatchewan has approved the construction of 13 duplexes in the South Meadows neighbourhood. The builder, Southfort Development Corp., reported that multi-family units are in demand across the region.
- The City of Grande Prairie is seeking recruits for full-time firefighter positions in anticipation of openings in September, due to retirements and promotions
- The Hamlets of DeBolt and Grovedale each received $7M from the Municipal District of Greenview for the construction of new fire halls. The buildings are expected to be in service by the end of 2015 or January 2016.
- Construction has started on the second phase of a major four-lane road connecting Nisku with the City of Edmonton. The $15.1M portion of the Nisku Spine Road will alleviate traffic concerns related to development within the Nisku Industrial Park.
- Showtime Entertainment Group is planning a $45M venue for live music, comedy, trade shows and sporting events in Edmonton. The facility, with a capacity of 4,100 patrons, is scheduled for opening by early 2017.