Canada Has More Than 883,000 Job Vacancies

Canada Has More Than 883,000 Job Vacancies
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Canada job vacancies rose 3.4 per cent in January after six months of steady declines due to growth in the provinces of Quebec and Newfoundland & Labrador.

There were 883,200 job vacancies across all sectors of the Canadian economy in January.

In its Payroll Employment, Earnings and Hours, and Job Vacancies, January 2023 Report, Statistics Canada notes the growth in job vacancies was led by openings in the transportation and warehousing, and healthcare and social assistance sectors.

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Transportation and warehousing jobs grew by 14,500 positions during the first month of the year and positions in healthcare and social assistance by 12,400.

The overall growth in job vacancies across the country was 29,000 positions, reports the statistical and demographic services agency.

Despite the rise in the number of jobs going begging for a lack of qualified workers to fill them, the job vacancy rate itself did not budge in January, remaining at 4.9 per cent, because the overall labour force also grew as more people landed paying gigs.

“The number of employees receiving pay or benefits from their employer, measured as ‘payroll employees’ in the Survey of Employment, Payrolls and Hours, rose by 71,100, up 0.4 per cent, in January, following an increase of 53,700, or 0.3 per cent in December 2022,” notes Statistics Canada.

“Overall payroll employment has generally trended upwards over the previous five months, resulting in cumulative gains of 275,400 jobs filled, up 1.6 per cent from September 2022 to January 2023.”

The Canadian labour market remains very tight with unemployment holding steady at five percent, reveals the latest Labour Force Survey.

Job Openings In Healthcare And Social Assistance Hit A Record High In January

With that increase in job vacancies in healthcare and social assistance, there are now 162,100 jobs going begging for a want of workers in that sector, the highest level on record.

There were also 49,600 job vacancies in the transportation and warehousing sector, 53,900 in the administrative and support, waste management and remediation services sector, 15,700 in the information and cultural industries, and 12,300 in the real estate and rental and leasing sector.

While the number of job vacancies in the professional, scientific and technical services sector slid 10.9 per cent in January, it still offered 50,700 positions.


The manufacturing and educational services sectors were in a similar situation in January. While job vacancies in manufacturing fell by 4,200, there were still 66,600 open positions. The educational services sector saw a drop of 3,800 job vacancies but there were still 22,900 openings in January 2023. 

The provinces which showed the greatest tightening of their labour markets were the francophone province of Quebec and the Atlantic Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Quebec’s number of job vacancies rose by 10,400 to hit a whopping 223,800 positions unfilled for a lack of workers in that province’s labour market in January. Newfoundland and Labrador’s job vacancies rose by 1,500 to hit 8,000 that month.

Tight Labour Market Is Forcing Employers To Increase Wages To Retain Workers

Due to labour shortages, workers are managing to negotiate higher wages from their employers. In the past year, average wages have risen 2.9 per cent to hit $1,185.39 per week.

Foreign nationals hoping to gain their permanent residency in Canada can seize the opportunities offered by this tight labour market to immigrate through the country’s many economic immigration programs.

Under the Express Entry system, immigrants can apply for permanent residency online if they meet the eligibility criteria for one of three federal immigration programs, the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FST), and Canada Experience Class Program (CEC), or a participating provincial immigration program.

Candidates’ profiles then are ranked against each other according to a points-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The highest-ranked candidates will be considered for an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. Those receiving an ITA must quickly submit a full application and pay processing fees, within a delay of 90-days.

Through a network of Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP), almost all of Canada’s ten provinces and three territories can also nominate skilled worker candidates for admission to Canada when they have the specific skills required by local economies. Successful candidates who receive a provincial or territorial nomination can then apply for Canadian permanent residence through federal immigration authorities.

Canadian employers can also recruit and hire foreign nationals through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and the International Mobility Program (IMP).

The Global Talent Stream (GTS), a part of the TFWP, can under normal processing situations lead to the granting of Canadian work permits and processing of visa applications within two weeks.

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