When considering a move to a new country, one of the major factors you need to consider is the job market. The job market helps you define whether or not your particular skills or trade are sought after in the country you are considering to put down roots. Our jobs define a part of who we are and give us an opportunity to successfully support our family through good times and bad. This insight is going to shed some light on the labour trends in Canada so you can better ascertain whether or not a Canadian adventure may be in your future for you and your family.
Canada’s employment momentum bobbed up and down in 2018 but the growth experienced in 2017 kept the labour market strong thus, it is expected to stay in a relatively good position, at least through the first half of 2019. While momentum may have had ups and downs in 2018, there are still many jobs in Canada to be filled heading into 2019.
The job market in key sectors such as natural resources and residential construction will likely remain soft with the expectation of continued job declines ahead. Fortunately, there are a number of areas still seeing strong job growth such as those in finance and insurance, human resources, IT, software and computer systems, health care, architecture, engineering, retail, hospitality, management (in various sectors), marketing, science, landscaping, transportation and others noted by employment Canada websites.
While jobs in these sectors will remain strong, they may not necessarily be the most popular. This is an excellent opportunity for those seeking jobs in Vancouver, BC jobs or jobs in Canada because it will allow those interested in the less popular fields to have greater chances at achieving their dream job without competing with hundreds (or potentially thousands) of others.
Less popular, but in-demand jobs are also attractive for potential immigrants hoping to come to Canada as part of a job search related to skilled trades or skilled worker Canada entry programs. There may be job openings that allow for quicker immigration processing through various Canadian immigrant programs. These accelerated timelines are possible for immigrants with experience in fields that meet the pre-set labour market impact assessment standards noted in the specific programs. This faster immigrant processing ensures employers throughout the country can obtain the skilled workers they need quickly. The trend of Canadian employers hiring immigrants will also ensure a growing level of diversity in the workplace as has been the norm in large Canadian centers for a number of years.
Central 1 released an economic forecast in August 2018 that notes economic growth in British Columbia is expected to be about 2.6% for 2019, 2.8% in 2020 and 2.3% in 2021. While this is a short downward trend, economic growth in BC is expected to increase the pace in 2022. BC and Quebec lead the job vacancies in Canada with the most notable gaps in transportation, warehousing, accommodation and food services (in BC) according to Statistics Canada.
According to employment assistance site Workopolis, one of the key ways to position yourself for “hireability” is to ensure digital and tech literacy. As more people with exposure to and experience in the digital landscape join the labour market, those who are early in understanding and using technology will be the “go to” resources. A few jobs were identified by Workopolis as “always in demand”. These include teachers, lawyers, engineers, dentists, doctors, law enforcement, accountants, food and beverage preparers and servers and skilled trades.
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For a complete labour market breakdown by industry and province, please visit the link: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/daily-quotidien/190510/t006a-eng.htm