The first quarter had again witnessed a rise in the number of Canadian job vacancies in six of its provinces and Nunavut territory. If we go by the statistics, then Canada has seen nearly 80% of openings in permanent job positions, reaching 506,000 in the first quarter of 2019.
This shows a leap of 44,000 in comparison to the figures achieved in the first quarter of 2018. With these figures, this quarter has become the tenth quarter in a row to attain the year-over-year rise in job vacancies figures and overall vacancy rate.
Due to labour shortages faced by Canadian employers, which is caused by an ageing population, the federal government has decided to boost the immigration levels by 2022 and is expecting to welcome large numbers of immigrants via its economic-class immigration programs.
Quebec tops the chart with the highest numbers of job vacancies in the first quarter of 2019, marking a rise of 23%, i.e. 21,400 job vacancies in total. As per the statistics, three sectors which are affected, include, health care and social assistance, accommodation and food services and manufacturing.
Two economic regions of Quebec, naming La Mauricie and Laurentides ranked first and third by witnessing a recorded rise in job vacancies this year than 2018. La Mauricie showed year-over-year growth, accounting to 89.4%, while Laurentides has shown 57.1% rise.
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Ontario is Ranked Second in the List
Ontario has witnessed the second-highest increase of 12,400 job vacancies in health care and social assistance, professional, retail trade, accommodation and food services, and scientific and technical services sectors.
With a yearly increase of 9,300 vacancies, British Columbia has also seen a rise in the number of job vacancies in professional, scientific and technical services and transportation and warehousing sectors.
Statistics Canada said, "79.9 percent of job vacancies in the first quarter of 2019 were for permanent positions, similar to the amount recorded in the first three months of 2018. Permanent employment is often associated with higher wages, more benefits, and a higher possibility of unionization and training offered by the employer than temporary employment.”
As per a report issued by Statistics Canada, “The average offered an hourly wage for vacant positions in the sector increased by $1.20 (4.2 percent) to $30.10, the highest offered wage among the 10 largest industrial sectors."
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