First quarter job vacancies -- Quebec on top among Canadian provinces with 37% increase
July 13, 2018

First quarter job vacancies -- Quebec on top among Canadian provinces with 37% increase

Quebec is aiming to revamp immigration system for addressing shortages in labor force.

Throughout Canada there were 462,000 job vacancies during the first quarter of 2018. Quebec reported the largest yearly increase, for the quarter, as per the new figures of Statistics Canada.

The increase in Job vacancies in the province was by 25,000 in the first quarter of 2018. This actually was an increase of 37 percent over the first quarter of 2017.

The data demonstrates job vacancies across occupational groups, provinces, and industrial sectors in comparison with the first quarter of 2017.

There was an increase of Job vacancies in eight provinces, and three territories. Furthermore British Columbia and Quebec registered a great increase.

Statistics Canada also revealed that this was for the seventh continuous quarter that there was a yearly increase in the number of job vacancies in Quebec. Vacancies in the accommodation, manufacturing, food services, and industrial sectors increased in a big way. The Montreal economic region had the greatest increase where there were 8,700 job vacancies during the quarter.

The unemployment rate in Quebec was 5.5 percent for the quarter, in comparison to 6.2 percent in the first quarter of 2017.

The government in Quebec has estimated that around one million jobs will arise and need to be filled by 2024. Moreover, immigration can play a major role in filling this gap. As a result there will be several major changes in its immigration system. There will also be an Expression of Interest system.

Job vacancies increase in Ontario, B.C., Alberta and Manitoba also

British Columbia reported 24,000 more job vacancies in the first quarter of 2018, which is an increase of 36 percent in comparison to 2017.

Furthermore, job vacancies in B.C. increased substantially in 19 out of 20 industrial sectors in the province. The concentration of vacancies was majorly in the Lower Mainland-Southwest economic region of the province, which also includes Vancouver. The occupations, which posted the largest increase in vacancies, were Sales and service, trades and equipment operators in comparison to the first quarter of 2017.

Job vacancies in Ontario, increased by 9,800 in the first quarter of 2018, and had a difference of 5.7 percent in comparison to 2017. More than 40 percent of these vacancies were in the transport and warehouse (industrial) sector and also in the Health Care and Social Assistance sector.

Ottawa and Kitchener-Waterloo-Barrie - the economic regions of Ontario recorded the largest increase in job vacancies.

Alberta posted 18.5 percent (7,500 jobs) a yearly increase of in the first quarter of 2018. Big growth in job vacancies in the province happened in the health care and social assistance (industrial) sector, and also in the mining, construction; quarrying, and oil and gas extraction. The same was the case for administrative support services.

Manitoba had an increase of 2,800 (26.4 percent) job vacancies, in comparison to the first quarter of 2017. Furthermore, the cause was job vacancies in the Health Care and Social Assistance Sector

9 out of 10 large industrial sectors have an increase

There were additional job vacancies in the health care and social assistance sector.  The figure was 11,000 in comparison to the first quarter of 2017, showing 27.3 per cent increase from 2017. There were more Job vacancies in Health Care and Social Assistance Sub-Sectors, Ambulatory Health Care Services, Nursing and Residential Care facilities.

Another fact was 46 percent increase in the Transportation and Warehousing, corresponding to 9,300 job vacancies over the first quarter of 2017. Additionally, there was a 23 percent increase (7,800 job) vacancies, in the transportation equipment, manufacturing sector, fabricated metal products manufacturing, and also in food manufacturing.

In The professional, technical and scientific services sector job vacancies increased by 5,660 over 2017.

Considering the occupation categories, there was an increase of 9,030 job vacancies in Business, Finance and Administration categories.  There were 8,080 job vacancies in the Natural and Applied Sciences sector.

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