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Labour Market Bulletin
February 2010

• Sysco Food Services warehouse expansion plans
•   Bath & Body Works to open in St. Vital Shopping Centre
•   New birthing unit planned for south Winnipeg
•   University of Winnipeg receives $4 million donation
•   Troymet Exploration Corp. plans winter diamond drilling
•   Construction of water treatment plant in Flin Flon
•   YMCA construction to start next fall in Brandon
•   Vanguard Credit Union announces closure of three branches
•   Development of new campground at Winnipeg Beach
•   Tembec to sell newsprint plant
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of recent events and announcements that have an
impact on the Manitoba economy, both at the local
and provincial level. These may include business
openings, expansions or closures; investment
announcements; and developing trends in industry
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Content in this publication is organized                   MANITOBA ............................................ 3
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information, browse the Manitoba section.                  SOUTHERN MANITOBA..................... 7
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The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Manitoba fell from 5.8 percent in December to 5.4 percent in
January, and remains the second lowest in the country. Only Saskatchewan had a lower rate at 4.7 percent.
Employment levels increased to 612,400 in January from 604,000 in December, representing an additional
8,400 jobs. Most of the incremental jobs were full-time.

Seventeen bilingual municipalities in Manitoba will benefit from a $1,680,000 federal-provincial investment to
support green projects, youth retention, entrepreneurship, export development and advisory services to new
Canadians. The funding will be channelled through Le Conseil dé developpement économique des
municipalitiés bilingues du Manitoba (CDEM), an organization that promotes economic development in
Manitoba and provides support to bilingual municipalities as unique and promising places to live and do
business. CDEM will use the funding to assist youth and new immigrant start-up businesses, develop
entrepreneurial training for youth, and assist nine communities in developing their economic development plans.

The Provin

Recent Developments in Construction
Sysco Food Services of Winnipeg, one of the largest food distributors in Manitoba is undertaking a $20-
million, 100,000 square-foot expansion to its warehouse and office complex at 1570 Clarence Avenue. The
warehouse expansion will nearly double the size of its current 131,000 square-foot facility and is scheduled to
be completed this summer or fall. The expansion was needed as the company had outgrown its current facility
and business volumes have risen significantly. The additional warehouse space will include a dry-storage, and
cooler-and freezer-storage areas. The company currently employs 300 in Winnipeg.

Recent Developments in Retail Trade
Bath & Body Works, a United States-based personal-care-product chain will be setting up a new store in
St.Vital Shopping Centre. The chain is owned by Limited Brands Inc., of Columbus, Ohio, which also owns
Victoria’s Secret and La Senza. Bath & Body Works sells products such as shower gels, lotions, candles and
accessories. Renovations will begin early in February at the 2,700 square-foot former Sony Store location in the
mall. It will take six to eight weeks for the renovations to be completed. The store is expected to open for
business in mid-March.

The Disney Corp. is closing its only Winnipeg retail store at St. Vital Shopping Centre in early April. The
United States based entertainment company is launching a new store design this summer in the United States
and Europe, and is reviewing its entire retail operations. No reason was given for the closure, but the company
would not rule out the possibility of opening a store at another Winnipeg location in the future.

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GoodLife Fitness, the largest fitness club chain in Western Canada, is scheduled to open its second co-ed
location in April. The fitness centre will occupy the entire seventh floor of Canwest Place at Portage and Main.
The centre will include a cardio theatre, free weights and equipment machines, group exercise, yoga programs
and personal training services. GoodLife will also provide special services and amenities such as massage
therapy, dry cedar saunas and a tanning salon. Construction of the 15,719 square-foot centre is underway. The
fitness company has been advertising job openings for the past several months. Jobs advertised include
membership sales representatives and consultants, personal trainers, fitness managers and group exercise

Robin’s Donuts will open a franchise in the city’s largest pool this month. The Pam Am Pool has been without
a cafeteria operator since the end of August last year. The new franchise will be located on the main floor of the
pool building near the front entrance and will operate the same hours as the pool. Robin’s Donuts operates 20
coffee and doughnut shops in Winnipeg and more than 130 across the country.

Recent Developments in Information and Cultural Industries
MTS Allstream reached an agreement to sell its professional IT services consulting group to
PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada (PwC) for an undisclosed sum. Effective February 1, PricewaterhouseCoopers
will acquire the majority of MTS Allstream’s non-telecom IT consulting group, which currently has 180
employees and has $50 million in yearly sales. The agreement also involves the creation of an alliance between
both companies where PwC customers needing telecom services will be referred to MTS Allstream, while MTS
Allsream customers needing non-telecom IT services will be referred to PwC.

Recent Developments in Real Estate & Rental & Leasing
A partnership between two local firms has created the city’s first property-management company focused
exclusively on managing condominium complexes. The partners are Imperial Properties Corp., a company
newly founded by a Winnipeg entrepreneur, and Winpark Dorchester Properties, which has been in the
property-management business for more than 20 years. The new venture will operate under the Imperial
Properties name with a staff of four. Imperial will be the only property-management firm in Winnipeg that will
focus on condo complexes. Other companies manage a mix of properties, including apartment blocks and
commercial buildings. The new venture will operate out of Winpark’s offices on River Avenue.

Recent Developments in Administration & Support, Waste Management & Remediation Services
Adecco, one of the largest human resources services companies in the world with 5,700 offices globally left
Winnipeg in December last year. Adecco admitted that a decline in business volumes influenced their decision
to close the Winnipeg office. The company is still able to continue to offer staffing services to Manitoba
customers through a virtual service. Adecco was preceded by the closing of the Winnipeg offices of temporary
employment recruiters Maxim Group, a Canadian company that was acquired by S.I. Systems, and Randstad, a
Dutch firm, earlier in 2009.

Recent Developments in Educational Services
The University of Winnipeg (U of W) announced a partnership with telecom giant Cisco under a $7-million
joint federal-provincial government agreement. The U of W is the first university in Canada to announce such a
partnership. The agreement will create 34 research and teaching laboratories as part of the U of W’s

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Commercialization Research and Education Alliance for Science, Technology and the Environment at the
university’s new science complex to open in the spring of 2011. The university will be a hub for Cisco
Telepresence, a teleconference system that allows users to meet face to face without traveling. It will also be
used for distance education in Manitoba.

The University of Winnipeg received a $4 million private donation from John and Bonnie Buhler to help build
a new faculty of business and economics on the site of the old United Army Surplus store. $3 million will be
dedicated toward the cost of the $15 million building that will bear the Buhler’s name and $1 million will be set
aside for needs-based scholarships for business students. Construction is already underway at 460 Portage
Avenue. The Buhler Centre, will also house continuing education and the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art
and is expected to open this coming fall.
The Winnipeg Teacher’s Association (WTA) contract for July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010 was approved by the
Winnipeg School Division Board of Trustees. WTA teachers will see an increase in wages of up to 3.8 percent.
The settlement is consistent with teacher settlements in other school divisions across the province. The WTA
had been without a contract since last June.
Recent Developments in Health Care and Social Assistance
The provincial government announced $3.5 million in upfront capital costs to develop a birth centre in south
Winnipeg. The centre will be located in the old Global TV building on St. Mary’s and St. Anne’s Roads. The
free-standing birth centre will complement hospital-based birthing services at St. Boniface and Women’s
hospitals. The centre will include a primary-care clinic, four birthing rooms and education, counseling and
administrative areas, and will be able to handle up to 500 births a year. A range of health services such as
primary prenatal, postpartum and new born care, parenting support and education and breastfeeding support and
education will be offered. Eight midwives will work out of the facility. It will also serve as a hub for the
midwifery program and support midwifery education in Manitoba. Construction is expected to be completed by
spring 2011.
The Health Sciences Centre is undergoing a $3.7 million for renovations and equipment for a new operating
room angiography suite which will increase the number of angiography procedures performed at the facility.
The new operating room will also allow for an increased number of vascular surgeries, neurosurgeries and
trauma surgeries.


Recent Developments in Mining
The Province of Manitoba is providing $1.4 million to support 25 new mineral exploration projects through the
Mineral Exploration Assistance Program (MEAP). The program offers $2.5 million of assistance annually
through two offerings per year. A higher level of financial assistance is also available to encourage exploration
in under-explored regions and to help maintain mining communities. Lynn Lake, Leaf Rapids, Snow Lake and
other northern areas account for eleven of the 25 projects that qualify for a higher level of assistance. Manitoba
ranks as one of the top 10 places in the world for mineral policies fabourable to mining investment.

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Garson Gold Corporation has had a team of geologists drilling in the Snow Lake area for the past several
months. Garson Gold's primary asset is a 100 per cent interest in the New Britannia Mine and its 2,150-tonne-
per-day mill located at Snow Lake, about 700 kilometres north of Winnipeg.

Troymet Exploration Corp. plans a 2010 winter diamond drilling program on its 100 per cent-owned
properties. A ground PEM geophysical survey is scheduled for late January and diamond drilling is planned for
February to March. The project is approximately 45 kilometres south of the Chisel Lake and Lalor Lake
deposits near Snow Lake.

Toronto-based Rockcliff Resources commenced plans for a minimum of 5,000 metres of drilling in
approximately 30 holes at its Snow Lake project, which includes the Rail, Reed, Freebeth, Tramping and Squall

Vancouver-based Canasia Industries Corp. announced in mid-January that it will undertake a large loop time
domain electromagnetic geophysical survey on three target areas on its copper-gold Reed Lake prospect. Flin
Flon-based Koop Geotechnical Services is undertaking the electromagnetic survey, which will consist of 46
line kilometres of time-domain electromagnetics.

Halo Resources Ltd. and HudBay Minerals recently signed an agreement that involves the Cold and Lost
properties, two of five Sherridon area deposits owned by Halo.

Recent Developments in Construction
In Thompson, the Central Housing and Mortgage Corporation reported that single detached new home starts
decreased 86 percent in 2009, falling to six, from 43 in 2008. Multiple family housing starts went from eight in
2008 to none last year.

In Flin Flon, construction of a $13.2-million water treatment plant, to be located near the Aqua Centre, is
expected to start this year and be completed in 2011. The project is mandated by incoming provincial

Toronto-based, Victory Nickel Inc. signed a contract with a consortium of Aboriginal contractors for an
exploration road at its Minago project near Thompson. The company said that construction of the 4.3 kilometre
exploration road is scheduled to be completed in March. The road will provide access from a nearby highway to
the property.

Recent Developments in Manufacturing
Swan Valley Cabinet closed temporarily between January 18 and February 5, 2010 for building renovations
and machinery installation.

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Recent Developments in Manufacturing
In Waskada, the Farm Genesis Group Marketing Incorporated was formed by 32 local producers three
years ago. For the past two years, the organization has worked with local producers to produce, create and sell
hemp-based products such as hemp oil and toasted hemp seeds.

On January 19, the company announced a $4.9 million grant from the Community Adjustment Fund as part of
Canada's Economic Action Plan. These funds, combined with provincial funding and local funds will be used to
construct a $6.5 million hemp processing plant.

The plant will be located at the south end of Waskada on the corner of the village and the Rural Municipality of
Brenda. Construction will begin in February and the goal is to be operational by the end of August. The project
also includes the purchase of new packaging and shipping equipment for the facility. Along with construction
crews, the plant will add 12 to 15 permanent jobs.

Recent Developments in Construction
Construction on the Brandon Family YMCA's $17 million recreation facility will begin this fall, which is eight
months later than originally planned because it is taking longer to raise the funds. The project has secured major
financial commitments including $4 million from the Province of Manitoba, $5 million from the City of
Brandon and $2.4 million from the Government of Canada.

The 70,000 square-foot facility will include a swimming pool, an improved fitness gymnasium and a 48 space
child care centre.

In Virden, construction on the estimated $17.5 million multi-purpose recreation facility is scheduled to start in
March. The facility will include an NHL sized arena with seating for 1,200 as well as a 500 person banquet hall,
a walking track, exercise room, office space, a four-sheet curling club and new changing rooms for the existing
community swimming pool. The new building will be located in the area of the existing recreation facilities.
The long term goal is to expand the area to include soccer fields, ball diamonds and other outdoor sporting

Recent Developments in Finance and Insurance
On January 15, the Vanguard Credit Union announced the closure of three branches in Southern Manitoba.
Angusville, Foxwarren and McAuley will close on May 28, 2010. Vanguard Credit Union is giving their
members a four month transition period to help them deal with the closure.

Chief Executive Officer Ian Gerrand stated that Vanguard has made a commitment to all affected employees
with the assurance of no job losses. Vanguard will continue to operate branches in Binscarth, Birtle, Brandon,
Hamiota, Kenton, Miniota, Oak Lake, Oak River, Rossburn, Russell and St. Lazare.

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Recent Developments in Health Care and Social Assistance
The Assiniboine Regional Health Authority (ARHA) has recruited four new doctors to serve in southwest

       Melita Health Services will receive one doctor to start February 1
       Virden Health Services had one start in mid-January and two more to start in February.

All three physicians are from the Middle-East, Iran and Pakistan. Michelle Clark, recruitment officer, stated the
young doctors have been in Canada for at least five years. They completed training in their own countries and
then one year of training in Canada, as well as completing the Medical Licensure Program for International
Medical Graduates (IMGACL).


Recent Developments in Construction
The province of Manitoba is undertaking a $5 million development of a new family campground at the south
end of Winnipeg Beach Provincial Park. The campground will include 120 fully serviced campsites and will
feature accessible sites for people with disabilities. Construction has started with the first phase consisting of the
installation of underground services to provide water, sewer and electrical connections to the campsites. Three
washroom/shower buildings, a campground office and expanded boardwalk are planned, with future
development to include a children’s play area and a multi-purpose pavilion. Construction will continue into the
spring of 2011; the campground is scheduled to open to the public in mid-summer 2011.
The Town of Rivers is receiving financial support from the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RinC) to build a
new Riverdale Community Complex that will provide recreational and lifestyle opportunities for community
residents. The new complex will meet Canadian Green Building Council Requirements of Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification standards. The RinC program is providing funding of
$800,000 while the province is contributing another $800,000.

Recent Development in Manufacturing
Tembec ended the employee lockout at its paper mill in Powerview-Pine Falls after the Manitoba Labour Board
intervened. The labour dispute, which had been ongoing since September, is going to binding arbitration. In
December, Tembec put the paper mill for sale and set deadlines of February 1 for viable offers and the end of
March for the purchase of the mill. If the mill has not been purchased by the deadline, Tembec intends to close
the mill and dispose of the assets. A former Tembec executive, J.P. Bradette, has offered a proposal to purchase
the mill. The United Steel Workers Local 3-1375, which represents over 250 mill employees, rejected
Bradette’s plan and have instead proposed a buyout of the mill by the employees in partnership with Sagkeeng
First Nation. Tembec is reviewing the offers it has received.


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