Job vacancies in Canada remain unfilled: CFIB

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), in a media release, has urged the Canadian government to address the labour shortage being faced by the country’s private sector. The release pointed out that 429,000 job vacancies in Canada remained unfilled in the second quarter of 2019 in the private sector. Compared to the second quarter of 2018, this number means an increase by 23000.

In the context of the upcoming Canadian federal election, CBIF has urged all political parties to take measures to solve the labour shortage problem of the country.

The average rate of job vacancies in Canada has been 3.2 per cent for four consecutive quarters. Among the Canadian provinces, the highest job vacancy rates were reported in British Columbia and Quebec, at 3.9 per cent. While the number of unfilled vacancies in Quebec was 116000, in British Columbia, it was 74700.

Compared to 2018, the job vacancy rate has seen a slight increase in British Columbia. At the same time, in Quebec, job vacancy rate has witnessed a minor decrease compared to the first quarter of 2019.

Ontario equalled the average rate of job vacancies in Canada at 3.2 per cent while New Brunswick recorded a rate of 3.1 per cent. The job vacancy rate in Manitoba was 2.6 per cent in the second quarter of 2019, which means 11,500 unfilled jobs. Prince Edward Island maintained a rate of 2.2 per cent, which marks a rise of 0.2 per cent compared to the previous quarter. New Foundland and Labrador also recorded a rise in job vacancy rate, which went up to 2.0 per cent.

However, the job vacancy rate of Nova Scotia remained stable at 2.3 per cent. The two provinces that witnessed a drop in job vacancy rate are Saskatchewan and Alberta. The private sector job vacancy rate of Saskatchewan dropped to 2.1 percent with 7400 unfilled jobs, while that of Alberta dropped to the lowest rate of job vacancies in Canada at 1.9 per cent.

The highest job vacancy rates in Canada were recorded by personal services industry at 4.9 per cent. Second came the construction industry with a job vacancy rate of 4.8 per cent, followed by the hospitality sector that recorded a job vacancy rate of 3.7 per cent. The job vacancy rate in agriculture, enterprise management, professional services, and health services was 3.4 per cent. The lowest rate of job vacancies in Canada was reported by the information sector at 2.1 per cent.

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