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Healthcare, Construction, And Restaurants Face Acute Labor Shortage In Canada

Industries in Canada are looking for temporary foreign workers and immigrants to fill positions in healthcare, construction, and the restaurant and hospitality industries, where there are significant shortages, according to Statistics Canada figures.

The federal agency that provides statistical and target audience data mentioned in its Payroll Employment, Earnings and Hours, And Job Vacancies, November 2021 reports that job vacancies in Canada in November were weaker than expected compared to October but still far more numerous than prior to the Covid-19 global pandemic.

“Canadian employers were seeking to fill 874,700 vacant jobs at the beginning of November, down 9.3 per cent, or 89,600 positions, compared with October, but still much higher than prior to the pandemic,” reported Statistics Canada on Jan. 27.

“The number of vacancies was up 72 per cent, or 366,100 jobs, compared with the fourth quarter of 2019.”

The scenario for businesses is considerably worse than these data imply because they are not seasonally adjusted and hence understate the human resource issues of enterprises in the hospitality sector, which generally surges in the summer and wanes in the autumn.

In November, job vacancies in lodging and food services fell 11.7 per cent to 130,100, for the second month in a row. This industry’s labour demand normally peaks in the summer and drops in the fall.

The demand for labour, on the other hand, more than doubled, increasing by 68,300 or 110.7 per cent from the fourth quarter of 2019. Despite a decline in vacancies throughout the month, the accommodation and food services industry had a greater job vacancy rate in November than all other industries, at 9.9 per cent, for the seventh month in a row. This indicates there is a near-record demand in Canada for serving personnel, cooks, and individuals to bus tables.

Construction firms were also recruiting in November of last year, with positions increasing by 2,800, or approximately a third of a percentage point. With the exception of land subdivision, which lost 200 jobs, all industries in the construction industry had either returned to or surpassed their pre-pandemic employment levels in November. Organizations in this category typically service land and subdivide real estate into lots for sale to builders.

As per Statistics Canada, earnings in the construction sector increased by 1.6% in November and were 8.1% higher than in February 2020. In November of last year, warehousing and transportation companies likewise had a large number of unfilled positions but were unable to fill them. Despite a 6.2 per cent job vacancy rate in the sector, payroll employment scarcely moved that month.

In November, there was still plenty of employment in the healthcare sector, owing in large part to the ongoing pandemic and long-term labour crisis in Canada. The number of job openings in November was 87%, or 55,600, greater than in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Having dropped for the third month in a row, there were 119,600 job openings in healthcare and social support, with a job vacancy rate of 5.2%, according to Statistics Canada.

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