CanadaFederal Skilled WorkersProfessional and Skilled WorkersQuebec Skilled WorkersApril 30, 2022by prominent.contentManpower shortages in Canada have struck British Columbia, Quebec, and the Yukon the most.

Canada has a large number of employment openings in British Columbia, Quebec, and the Yukon Territory, while few other north western regions are short on competent people.

Vacancy rate statistics for Canada

Province/Territory Job vacancy rate
British Columbia 5.8
Quebec 5.6
Yukon 5.4


The job vacancy rate in Ottawa province is computed by dividing the number of open job openings on the last business day of the month by the total number of positions. The total number of positions comprises both filled and open job listings and is then multiplied by 100 to get the percentage result.


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Newfoundland and Labrador have the lowest employment vacancy rate in Canada.
Province/Territory Job vacancy rate
New Founland and Labrador 2.9
Territory of Nunavut 3.1
Saskatchewan 3.7
Nova Scotia 3.7
Northwest Territories 3.3
La Belle 1.0
West Coast 1.1

Canada has a labor deficit.
  • According to Canadian data, the labor shortage in numerous occupations worsens the situation in major provinces and territories. However, Canada has performed exceptionally well in terms of immigration during 2021.
  • very month, the statistical and demographic services agency reports the ratio of the number of jobless people to each job vacancy in Canada. The ratio is currently lower, and there is a high demand for candidates, to which Canada is inviting international nationals.
  • This ratio was recorded as the lowest of all time in February of last year. During the month of January, there were 1.7 unemployed people for every job opening in Canada. This fell even further, with 1.4 unemployed persons for every job opening.
  • Labor shortages are even worse in British Columbia and Quebec than they are in Labelle and West Coast provinces.
  • According to a survey published by the Quebec think tank, which is an institute in Quebec, Quebec is already facing greater labour shortages than it will by the end of the 2021 year.
  • According to the data on openings and pay, when the Quebec think tank attempted to fill the labour shortage occupations, there were insufficient persons with the requisite abilities.

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There is a skills shortage in the food and lodging industries.
  • During the month of February, Canadian restaurateurs and hoteliers suffered a number of skill shortages across the country.
  • According to Canadian Statistics, “there were around 115,200 empty employment in food and lodging, up 22.6 percent, or 21,200 jobs, from January, coinciding with the relaxation of public health restrictions in many provinces.”
  • “For the eleventh straight month, the employment vacancy rate in the food and lodging sector was 9.8 percent in February 2022, the most among all sectors.”
  • Though there is a growth in the number of working individuals in the healthcare and social support sectors, it is 6.2 percent for the month of February, which is comparably low compared to the other months of 2021 because approximately 133,200 jobs remain vacant.
  • In January, the number of job openings reached an all-time high. For the same sectors, this will remain constant until February. Other industries, such as manufacturing, construction, and retail trades, nevertheless have plenty job opportunities.
  • In February, 57.2 percent of empty employment were in healthcare, food services, social assistance and accommodation, and food services.

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TFWP and IMP programmes are coming to Canada.
  • The two primary programmes, Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and International Mobility Program (IMP), allow Canadian firms to import foreign applicants to Canada to fill open jobs if no Canadian citizens or permanent residents are available.
  • In general, using the Global Talent Stream (GTS), a stream of Temporary Foreign Worker programmes can receive a Canadian work permit and visa application processing in two weeks.
  • Employers strive to bring in foreign nationals to fill open positions using the Express Entry system, which receives the most online immigration applications.
  • The online profile of foreign national candidates must meet the Express of interest (EOI) eligibility criteria under the three federal immigration programmes or provincial immigration programmes.
  • The applicant’s profile is then ranked using the Comprehensive Ranking System, a point-based system (CRS). The top-ranked applicants will be invited to apply for permanent residency. The applicant must submit a full application and pay the processing cost within 90 days.

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