Employment in Canada rose across several industries, particularly in wholesale and retail trade, information, and construction. Job gains were led by hiring in the private-sector, and driven by Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and Prince Edward Island. Employment in other provinces remained at the same or similar level.
The 100,000 jobs added lowered the national unemployment rate in Canada to 5.7%. The past few months have seen record lows in national unemployment rate, reaching as low as 5.6% in November 2018.
The April job boom is great news for those interested in making Canada their permanent home. With an ambitious plan to welcome over one million newcomers in the next three years, the Canadian government is making it easier and more efficient for young, skilled workers to gain permanent resident status in Canada. With jobs in abundance, new permanent residents will be in a great position to find full-time, long-term work.
It’s important to note, a Canadian job offer is not a necessary component for immigration through the popular Express Entry system. However, holding a valid job offer during the application process can increase your chances for attaining an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence. Depending on the role, a job offer can mean 50 to 200 additional points to your Express Entry CRS score. With the average cut-off currently sitting around 450, this increase could be the boost needed to ensure you receive an ITA.
Many Canadian Provincial Nomination Programs have created streams targeting those with specific skilled work experience in order to address gaps in local labour markets. If you hold work experience in a provincial in-demand occupation, you may be eligible for nomination for permanent immigration to Canada.
A PNP stream currently open for skilled workers is the Occupation In-Demand sub-category of Saskatchewan’s Immigrant Nominee Program. This pathway targets international workers with experience in an in-demand occupation in Saskatchewan. Candidates nominated under this stream will be in an excellent position to find full-time work in the province once they arrive, and do not require a job offer in order to apply.
This program is only open for acceptance for a limited time. If you think your work experience matches, now may be the best time to apply and begin working in an in-demand occupation in Canada!
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