According to the most recent job vacancy rates in Canada’s British Columbia, Quebec, and the Yukon Territory in northwestern Canada are the most affected by a labour shortage.
Statistics According to the most recent figures for February in Canada, British Columbia had a job vacancy rate of 5.8 percent, Quebec had a rate of 5.6 percent, and the Yukon had a rate of 5.4 percent.
The job vacancy rate in Ottawa is calculated by dividing the number of open job postings on the last business day of the month by the total number of positions, including both filled and open positions, and then multiplying by 100 to get a percentage. That means that in British Columbia, Quebec, and the Yukon, more than one out of every twenty jobs was open, with some going unfilled due to a lack of qualified applicants.
Newfoundland and Labrador had the lowest job vacancy rate in February, at 2.9%, followed by Nunavut at 3.1% and the Northwest Territories at 3.3%. Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia each had a 3.7% job vacancy rate. According to Statistics Canada, despite a record-breaking level of immigration last year, the country’s labour shortage appears to be getting worse, not better. Every month, the statistical and demographic services agency crunches the numbers to calculate the number of unemployed people for each job opening in Canada. The lower the ratio, the more constrained the labour market is thought to be. This ratio fell to 1.4 unemployed people for every job vacancy in the country in February, down from 1.7 in January.
The labour shortages were even worse in Quebec and British Columbia, where the ratio for La Belle Province was only 1.0 and the ratio for the West Coast province was only 1.1. According to a report by the Institut du Québec, a Quebec think tank, the labour market in Quebec may have been even tighter than it was at the end of last year. According to a study on job vacancies and salaries conducted during the fourth trimester of last year, there were simply not enough people looking for work in Quebec at the time to fill the available positions.
In February of this year, Canadian restaurateurs and hoteliers were once again bearing the brunt of the country’s labour shortages. Despite the fact that 6.2 percent more people worked in the healthcare and social assistance sector in February of this year than in the same month in 2021, job vacancies remained high, with 133,200 positions still available. This is virtually unchanged from the all-time high for job openings in this sector, which was set in January. Construction, manufacturing, and retail trade are some of the other industries with a lot of job openings.
“Along with healthcare and social assistance as well as accommodation and food services, these five sectors accounted for more than half, 57.2 percent, of total job vacancies in February,” reports Statistics Canada.
The two main programmes for employers hoping to bring foreign nationals to Canada to temporarily fill jobs that are going unfilled due to a lack of applicants are the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and the International Mobility Program (IMP). Under normal circumstances, the Global Talent Stream (GTS), a component of the TFWP, can result in the issuance of Canadian work permits and the processing of visa applications within two weeks.
Employers can also bring in foreign nationals to fill open positions using the Express Entry system, which accepts online immigration applications.
Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria submit an online profile known as an Expression of interest (EOI) to the Express Entry Pool through one of three federal immigration programmes or a participating provincial immigration programme.
The profiles of the candidates are then ranked against one another using the Comprehensive Ranking System, which is a point-based system (CRS). The highest-ranked candidates are given priority consideration for ITAs for permanent residence. Those who receive an ITA must submit a full application and pay the processing fees within 90 days.
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