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67,000 Canadian Jobs Added in January 2019

This past Friday, Statistics Canada released their monthly report on the performance of the labour force in Canada. January saw a surprising jump in employment growth, driven by increases in hiring in the private sector. The number of people employed in Canada grew by 67,000 this January! These results show that Canada is continuing to host the strong jobs market that has developed over the past few years.

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Employment in Canada grew across six provinces, with Ontario and Quebec leading the way. With more people looking for jobs at the start of the new year, the Canadian unemployment rate rose 0.2 percentage points to 5.8%. This rate still remains comfortably low, and follows a decades’ lowest unemployment rate seen in December 2018.

This January, the majority of employment growth was driven by services-producing industries. Within these industries, professional, scientific and technical services experienced an increase of 29,000 jobs. This means we are continuing to see employees in technology be highly sought after, as the industry remains competitive in Canada.

The majority of employment growth in tech was found in Ontario and Quebec. Both of these provinces host cities that are becoming increasingly popular destinations for the offices of international tech firms, and are some of the most popular destinations for newcomers to Canada.

Job Offers and Canadian Immigration

Canada’s current government has made skilled immigration to the country a priority. For the first time, Canada has established multi-year immigration targets, with a goal of welcoming over one million newcomers by 2021.

With a greater demand for having an efficient immigration system attractive to international skilled workers, the Canadian government developed the online Express Entry System. This system boasts an average processing time for Federal Skilled Worker and Canada Experience Class streams of just four months.

When applying under Express Entry, a Canadian job offer is not necessary for success. However, holding a valid job offer can get you between 50 to 200 additional points towards your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. As recent Express Entry cut-offs have remained around the 440 mark, this increase could make a significant difference to your CRS score, and push you beyond the cut-off to receive an invitation to apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence.

Job offers can also be a meaningful factor if applying provincially through a Provincial Nomination Program (PNP). As attracting skilled workers is a major element of the Canadian immigration system, many provinces have developed streams that target applicants with particular work experience, desired by the province.

Two popular job-specific PNP’s you should keep an eye on in 2019 are the Saskatchewan Occupations In-Demand category and the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry: Category B.

If you receive a nomination from one of Canada’s Express Entry aligned Provincial Nominee Programs, you will earn an additional 600 points towards your CRS score. With these points, an Express Entry profile will be among the top most competitive for receiving a Canadian ITA.

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!

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