Visa Crunch

Recent Job Reports Highlights Massive Labor Shortages In Canadian Provinces

Employers in Canada are still recruiting as they rebuild in the aftermath of the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, creating chances for economic immigration.

According to Statistics Canada, there were 896,100 job openings in Canada at the beginning of December, a 2.5 percent or 21,400 increase from the beginning of November. Although the number of vacancies remained lower than the recent peak of 988,300 in September 2021, there were 87.9% more vacancies in December 2021 than in December 2020.

The federal government’s statistical and demographic services office said in its Payroll Employment, Earnings and Hours, And Job Vacancies, December 2021 that firms in several sectors are still looking for staff even as they bring people into their workforces. The number of employees receiving income or incentives from their employer, as measured by the Survey of Employment, Payrolls, and Hours (SEPH), increased by 122,200 or 0.7% in December, marking the seventh consecutive monthly gain.

The December gains lifted payroll employment over its pre-pandemic level for the first time, topping the February 2020 level by 60,400 (0.4%). Presumably, given the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers are in high demand in Canada. In December, the number of workers paid for jobs in the healthcare and social support sectors increased by 25,600, or 1.2%.

The number of employees in the educational sector increased by 23,100, or 1.7%. Restaurants, bars, and catering services continued to struggle in December last year as public health restrictions, which are now being lifted across most of Canada, remained in place, and the number of jobs in that sector remained below pre-pandemic levels.

Healthcare and social assistance, up by 121,800 paid jobs or 5.9 percent in December, was the highest above pre-COVID employment, while lodging and food services were the furthest below, down by 170,500 jobs or 12.7%. Restaurants, clubs, gyms, and other businesses that were stifled by public health regulations during the pandemic are projected to blossom now that those limitations have been relaxed. Construction and manufacturing in Canada continued to recover in December, returning to and even exceeding pre-pandemic employment levels.

That is a document issued by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) indicating that there is a need for a foreign worker to fill a job and that no Canadian or permanent resident is available to do so.

Jobs that do not necessitate an LMIA are typically those that:

  • are included in an international trade accord;
  • are part of an accord between the federal government and a provincial/territorial government, or;
  • jobs that are deemed in the best interests of Canada.

There are two techniques to decide if a job qualifies for one of the several LMIA exemptions.

Global Talent Stream Aims For 2-Week Processing

Employers have two options:

  • Examine the LMIA exemption categories and work permit exemptions, choose the LMIA exemption or work permit code that appears most appropriate to their hiring scenario, and read the detailed description to see if an exemption code applies to them, or:
  • If they are recruiting a temporary foreign worker who is both currently outside of Canada and from a country whose nationals are visa-exempt, they should inform the International Mobility Workers Unit (IMWU).

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 in as little as 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 qualifying criteria submit an online profile known as an Expression of interest (EOI) to the Express Entry Pool through one of three federal immigration programs or a participating provincial immigration program. The profiles of the candidates are then compared against one another using the Comprehensive Ranking Approach, which is a point-based system (CRS).

The highest-ranked candidates are given priority consideration for ITAs for permanent residency. Those who receive an ITA must submit a full application and payment of processing fees within 90 days.

Legal Disclaimer: This article is provided for information purposes only.

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