Job Vacancies Increase in every Canadian province, led by Quebec, Ontario & British Columbia

Canadian businesses are having a historically hard time finding employees, and the good news for workers is that pay is likely headed up.

Canada had over 397,400 jobs sitting unfilled for four months or longer during 2018. The vast majority of those jobs — more than 326,000, or 82 per cent — were located in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia. (The three provinces have about 76 per cent of Canada’s population.)

Statistics Canada says job vacancies in B.C. increased in 19 of 20 industrial sectors in the province, with vacancies concentrated in the province’s Lower Mainland-Southwest economic region, which includes Vancouver. Sales and service occupations, trades and equipment operators posted the largest increase in vacancies.

The Statistics Canada report showed job vacancies have increased year-on-year in each of the last eight quarters.

British Columbia, Ontario Immigration Job Vacancy

In the third and fourth quarter, the number of job vacancies was up in 7 of the 10 broad occupational categories on a year-over-year basis, led by trades, transport and equipment operators, and sales and service occupations. These occupational groups were also the two largest broad occupational categories in terms of vacancies. Over the same period, job vacancies in management occupations declined while they were little changed in business, finance and administration occupations and occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport.

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