A review of hirings and dismissals in Canada – February 2023

Some companies here and elsewhere have recently laid off a large number of employees, while others have announced the opening of new positions. Balance sheet.

New jobs

A federal investment of $25.5M from the Jobs and Growth Fund will benefit 15 Calgary-area businesses. This amount is expected to support the creation of more than 815 jobs in healthcare, digital technology, clean energy and manufacturing.

An expansion and sustainability project at John C. Munro International Airport in Hamilton, Ontario will create 1,830 new permanent jobs.

Scotiabank is planning an investment of $750,000 with Teach for Canada to recruit and train 150 teachers who are committed to living in remote communities, including First Nations in the North.

The CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’Île-de-Montréal is seeking to recruit 565 nurses, mainly internationally, to relieve the labor shortage.

Following an agreement between the Conseil des Atikamekw d’Opitciwan, Hydro-Québec and the Société en commandite Onimiskiw Opitciwan, a forest biomass cogeneration plant will be installed to supply the community of Opitciwan. Forty people will be hired for the construction phase, and about fifteen permanent jobs will be created for operation.


Google has announced the cut of 12,000 jobs at Alphabet, its parent company. This represents a loss of 6% of the famous search engine’s global workforce. Google Canada has confirmed layoffs without the exact number being known.

A few days before, the other American giant Microsoft also announced massive layoffs, i.e. nearly 10,000 employees by the end of March. The company cited economic uncertainty and shifting customer priorities.

Olymel, a meat processing company, is continuing its reorganization and will close its plants in Blainville and Laval. This will result in the loss of 170 jobs by April 28.

The online video platform Zoom has announced a social plan which provides for the layoff of 15% of its workforce, or around 1,300 people.

Vietnamese automaker VinFast, which is making its Canadian debut this year, has laid off about 30% of its employees in Canada, or about 30 people.


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