CFIB has determined that in total, 435,000 jobs sat unfilled for rom January 1st to March 31st in Canada. The provinces experiencing the greatest vacancy rates for private businesses are Quebec, British Columbia and Ontario, the top three receiving provinces for new immigrants to Canada.
In most Canadian provinces, job vacancy was most significant for skilled positions. The industries with the greatest vacancy rates are construction and personal services, agriculture, hospitality, professional services and transportation. Quebec leads the country in job vacancy rate at 4.1 percent, or 120,800 jobs unfilled in 2019.
Canada’s working population is aging, and a low birth rate means soon there will be more Canadians entering retirement than entering the workforce. The Canadian government is working to revitalize the country’s workforce by making it faster and easier for international talent to secure permanent resident status in Canada.
With the majority of applications for permanent residence under the Federal Express Entry system being processed within just four months, the Canadian immigration system has prioritized economic immigration into the country. The Federal immigration levels plan is set to accept over one million new immigrants by 2021, the majority of which will be young, skilled workers.
Securing meaningful, full-time work is understandably a primary concern for new immigrants to Canada. The high job vacancy rate in Canada is great news for anyone considering making Canada their home in 2019, especially considering new immigrants are reported to have reached a record high employment rate last year.
The fastest way to Canadian permanent resident status for skilled workers is through the Federal Express Entry system. Express Entry rewards those with high education levels, skilled work experience and English or French language proficiency. Applicants do not require a job offer or any previous connection to Canada in order to be successful. Most importantly, the end result of Express Entry immigration is permanent resident status in Canada, allowing the holder to live and work anywhere in the country for as long as they want.
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