In its latest Labour Force Survey, Statistics Canada reported that the number of job vacancies in all occupations across the country has hit a record high in the second quarter of 2021. Job vacancies in healthcare, hospitality, and retail industries across Canada increased as the pandemic-related restrictions were eased.
How Have Job Vacancies Increased Because of the Pandemic?
The job Vacancy Rate in Canada reached an all-time high in the second quarter since comparable data became available in 2015. The job vacancy rate hit 4.6% in the second quarter of 2021, a 1.1% increase since the second quarter of 2019.
In the second quarter of 2021, the job vacancy rate experienced a growth of 25.8%, meaning there were 150,300 more jobs available in 2021 compared to the same period in 2019.
Statistics Canada also reported that 8.3% of businesses in Canada are expected to have more job vacancies in the third quarter. This significant increase in overall employment can be attributed to the sudden loss of jobs during the pandemic.
How Can Foreign Nationals Work In Canada?
If you are planning to come to Canada to be employed, then you can get a temporary work permit through the Global Talent Stream (GTS) of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).
You can also apply for permanent residence through the various immigration pathways available, including the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), Federal Skilled Trades (FST), Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP).