Job vacancies in Canada are remaining above pre-COVID levels past August 2021, especially in sectors such as food services, health care and technology. According to Statistics Canada, there were 871600 job vacancies in Canada in August this year. The number of job vacancies in the previous month was 871600.
Tech workers on demand in Canada
During this month, job vacancies in professional, scientific and technical services reached a record high at 61100. Surprisingly, this is 66 per cent higher compared to the total number of job vacancies in this sector reported in the third quarter of 2019. Employment continued to grow in this sector as it was least affected by the restrictions imposed in the wake of COVID-19.
Despite being badly affected by COVID, the accommodation and food service sector reported the number of job vacancies being all-time high. In August, employers were recruiting for 156800 jobs in August. As the restaurants reopened after the restrictions were lifted, the employers were finding it difficult to fill the vacancies.
High demand for health professionals in Canada
Job vacancies almost doubled in the healthcare and social assistance sector. The sector reported almost 121300 unfilled positions in August. The number of vacancies in the third quarter of 2019 was just 66100. Among the professionals on the highest demand are nurses and registered psychiatric nurses.
Labour shortage in Canada
Canada is facing severe labour shortage. A main reason for this is low population growth. The population of Canada is aging fast and the natural birth rate is dismally low. It means less number of youngsters to take up vacant positions. Besides, a large number of baby boomers are retiring but there are fewer new workers to replace them. Sufficient supply of labour force is necessary to sustain economic growth. So Canada is depending on immigration to ensure that there are enough workers to take up vacant positions. Slowing down of immigration during the pandemic days further aggravated the labour shortage crisis in Canada and the country has set ambitious immigration targets to compensate this. In 2021, Canada is planning to welcome 401000 new immigrants.
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