10 Dec, 2018 94,000 Canadian Jobs Added in November 2018
Statistics Canada has released the Labour Force Survey for November 2018, and revealed huge employment gains in the last month. November’s employment growth is the greatest monthly increase in Canada in over 5 years. Employment in Canada rose by 94,000 jobs in November, with unemployment decreasing to a record low 5.6%!
Last month’s employment gains were led by Quebec and Alberta. More jobs became available in professional, scientific and technical services, in healthcare and social assistance and in business, building and other support services.
As the country’s working population gets older, the current government seeks to increase the number of skilled workers coming into the country.
Jobs continue to open up, while unemployment remains low. The increase in available jobs in Canada doesn’t only match the increasing immigration targets, it also means jobs have become an important part of many Canadian immigration programs.
Job Offers and Express Entry
Under the Express Entry system, candidates are ranked using a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Their CRS score determines how competitive they will be against other applicants, in order to receive an invitation to apply (ITA) for Canadian Permanent Residence. Although it is not necessary to have a job offer to apply under Express Entry, having one can earn you between 50-200 additional CRS points. Those points can make a significant difference to your score, and quickly make your application very competitive.
Job Offers and PNP’s
Jobs also play an important role in many Provincial Nominee Programs for Canadian immigration. Many provinces have created immigration options for applicants with specific work experience. These “in-demand occupation” streams allow provinces to more easily bring in skilled workers in the industries they need.
Popular job-specific streams include the Saskatchewan Occupations In-Demand sub-category, which invited 532 applicants to apply for permanent residence this week, Ontario’s Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream, and the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry: Category B.
If you’re applying under Express Entry, a nomination from a PNP will earn you 600 CRS points, putting your application well beyond recent minimum CRS requirements. Therefore, the industry you work in could be your ticket to Canadian immigration.
For Canadian immigration, all work experience is identified by a specific National Occupational Classification (NOC) code. Finding the right NOC code that matches your work experience can be confusing. If you need help figuring out which one is right for you, you can check out this post for more information.
Working with an authorized representative can also help make sure that you claim the right NOC codes for your application. That’s something that we can help you with! If you’re interested in working with us, complete our free online assessment below to get started:
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