Canada Job Vacancies At Nearly 995,000 In September

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Canada Job Vacancies At Nearly 995,000 In September
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Despite workers landing 85,000 more jobs, Canada’s job vacancies rose in September, creating even more opportunities for foreign nationals who are potential candidates for economic immigration.

In its Payroll Employment, Earnings and Hours, and Job Vacancies, September 2022 report, Statistics Canada reported the number of employees getting paid by their employers rose by half a percentage point.

“In September, payroll employment increased by 61,400, up 0.4 per cent, in the services-producing sector, accounting for 72 per cent of the overall monthly increase,” noted the statistical and demographic services agency.


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“Overall, nine of the 15 sectors in the services-producing sector recorded gains, led by healthcare and social assistance, up by 20,700 jobs or 0.9 per cent, followed by accommodation and food services, up 8,400 jobs or 0.7 per cent and retail trade, up by 8,200 jobs or 0.4 per cent.”

Restaurants, hotels and motels are on a hiring spree in Canada. 

“Payroll employment in the accommodation and food services sector increased by 8,400, up 0.7 per cent, in September,” notes Statistics Canada.

“This brought the total gains since February 2022, following the initial wave of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, to 173,100, a gain of 15.6 per cent.”

There’s still plenty of room for job growth in that sector with many employers desperately searching for staff. That may be why the number of jobs in the accommodation and food sector is still 4.5 per cent below its pre-pandemic level.

“In September, nationally, two-thirds of the industries within the accommodation and food services sector recorded monthly payroll employment growth, led by full-service restaurants and limited-service eating places, up 5,100 jobs or 0.5 per cent, recreational vehicle parks and recreational camps, up by 1,900 jobs or 10.8 per cent, and traveller accommodation, up by 1,600 jobs or one per cent,” noted Statistics Canada. 

Quebec Workers Saw The Biggest Gains In Paid Employment In September

Management jobs, though, fell by half a percentage point.  That sector was the only one to record a drop in paid employment in the service sector.

The growth in workers who had paid jobs was biggest in Quebec in September, with an increase of 39,000 workers in the francophone province. Ontario saw another 15,300 workers get paying jobs, British Columbia added 10,500, and Alberta 10,400. 

Newfoundland and Labrador were the only provinces to see a drop in paid employment in September, typically a seasonal peak for paid work.


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Even though more workers landed jobs in September, the number of available opportunities for those seeking work still went up. 

“Across all sectors, the number of job vacancies was up 3.8 per cent or 36,300 positions, to 994,800 in September,” noted Statistics Canada. 

Available jobs rose by 12 per cent in the accommodation and food services sector and 14 per cent in the construction industry. There was, however, an 11.3 per cent drop in the number of job vacancies in the manufacturing sector.

Employers Can Fill Jobs With Temporary Foreign Workers Or Those Applying For Permanent Residency

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 the processing of visa applications within two weeks.

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