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400,000 Job Vacancies: Canada’s Labour Shortage Is At Its Peak!

As Canada’s labour shortage continues to increase in Canada, the country is also experiencing an immense shoot up in job vacancies. It’s paradoxical that the labour shortage has hit Canada at a time when the country has recorded its lowest unemployment rate since 1976.

Canada’s economy is expanding, but there is a large shortage of skilled labour in the country. British Colombia has been hit hardest by the labour shortage in Canada, with about one in its 25 jobs seats being vacant, that is 60,100 unfilled jobs in total.

Also, Quebec is not far behind with a job vacancy rate of 3.1 per cent. CFIB’s (Canadian Federation of Independent Business) latest report clearly said that Canada doesn’t have enough workers to fill in all the job vacancies available in the nation.

Comparison Between Available Labour Force And Type Of Job Opportunities In Canada

In spite of so much empty job seats waiting to be filled, there are still more than 1.1 million people unemployed in Canada. One of the major reasons for this present situation of Canada is the mismatch between the country’s present labour force and the type of jobs created. Small scale businesses are likely to suffer the most at the beginning of this current labour shortage problem in Canada, as even if they miss out one person from their team, it greatly affects their productivity levels.

On the reverse side of this scenario, employees suitable for positions in these sectors are likely to benefit from this situation with higher wages.

Occupations With Highest Vacancy Rates In Canada

According to the latest report of CFIB, the most demand for the labour force in Canada is for personal service workers and construction workers.

Where the posts of personal service workers in Canada have a vacancy figure of 4.5 per cent, construction workers are required at a vacancy rate of 3.7 per cent, leaving factories in dire need for skilled workers.

Aside from these, Canada is also facing a shortage of healthcare professionals, truck drivers, and industrial technicians to a larger extent, as employers are unable to find suitable applicants for these posts.

Can Labour Mobility Solve Labour Shortage Issues In Canada?

Labour mobility can be one of the most practical solutions for the labour shortage problem in Canada. Labour mobility helps to annex resources from one place to another to balance the division of efficient labour in the Country for better and prolonged sustenance of businesses.

But, with a reduction in interprovincial migration in Canada by half since the 1970s, it is obvious that Canadians are quite far from being a mobile labour force.

Statistical findings from Canada proves that the present generation of Canadian nationals is not willing to move away from their families and social circles for work purposes.

However, this situation can be improved too, if migration policies are made to be less stressful and easy for the Canadian nationals. For example, the government can work on setting new certifications that enable licensed professionals to be certified in any of the provinces in the country.

Labour Shortage Solution

We have all heard, perhaps a good number of times, that there are a labour shortage and skills gap in Canada’s workforce. At the root of this problem is the inability of the labour market to effectively connect Canadian employers with prospective immigrant employees. More government action is required to be placed on connecting both employers and prospective employees with these resources. Given the highly well educated immigrant population that Canada has been able to amass over the course of the years, there is always a perfect fit for any labour requirements. The challenge is to find it. The city of Yoke has decided to tackle this.

With an increasing number of new immigrants moving to this city and calling it home, York decided in 2009 to provide a route for its immigrants and newcomers to fully integrate into the region’s workforce. It soon became obvious that it was the difficulty in accurately assessing foreign credentials what lessened these skilled population’s chances of being hired.

In view of this lapses, York city decided to establish its own foreign credential process guide. The guide details when and how to evaluate foreign credentials, and has done so with great success. The regional government can now boast that about 30% of its workforce is foreign-born and gainfully employed.