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Canada added 56,000 Jobs in February 2019

Although predicted to see little growth, February in Canada saw yet another surge in employment. These gains were pushed by the province of Ontario, and driven by increases in full-time work. A total of 67,400 full-time jobs were added in February, while 11,600 part-time jobs were cut-out, leaving a total of 56,000 Canadian jobs created.

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Although 56,000 jobs were created this month, unemployment remained the same as previous months, at a national average of 5.8%. The steadiness in unemployment signals that more Canadians continue to look for work, while job opportunities grow.

Employment Driven by Ontario

Ontario has boosted its employment gains for the second consecutive month. In the last year, employment has risen by 2.7%, or 192,000 jobs. Following trends we have seen before, the majority of job growth continues to be in the professional, scientific and technical services. In
2017, the top three occupations that received the most invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence were in the tech sector. Similarly, in Ontario, 25% of all nominees to the province in 2018 held job offers or work experience in tech related fields.

Job opportunities are one of the most important factors motivating the movement of newcomers to Canada, which is good news for the Canadian economy as it faces an aging working population. Many of Canada’s industries are facing shortages in skilled workers, meaning attracting skilled immigrants to the country has become a top priority. While Canada is eager to fill its growing jobs available with international skilled workers, a job offer is not necessary for many immigration programs to Canada.

Canadian Jobs and Express Entry

Under the federal Express Entry system, applicants can gain permanent resident status in Canada without holding a job offer at the time of application or upon arrival to the country. Express Entry also hosts the fastest immigration streams available, with processing times of as little as four months.

While you can still successfully apply for Canadian immigration without a job offer, those who do hold one in the Express Entry pool will be rewarded. Depending on the role, a job offer can earn you up to 200 extra points towards your Comprehensive Ranking System score, these points could be the factor that pushes your profile above the rest and secures your invitation to apply (ITA).

Canadian Jobs and PNP’s

Another popular option for Canadian immigration is provincial nominations. All of Canada’s provinces host their own immigration programs, which offer streams targeted to the demographics needed in their job markets. Having job experience or a job offer in an in-demand occupation needed by a Canadian province can increase your chances of securing a provincial nomination. With a nomination from a Canadian province, an Express Entry applicant will receive 600 additional CRS points, this increase ensures your profile will be among the most competitive in the pool, putting you in an excellent position to receive an ITA in Canada’s recurring Express Entry draws.


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