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Top Ten (10) Best Canadian Cities To Find A Job

A new regional labour market survey from BMO has ranked Canadian cities according to their level of job and population growths to determine the best places for finding work. Brantford, Ontario maintains the number one spot for the job market in Canada, according to the recent BMO Labour Market Report Card.

Major cities moved into the top ten (10) for the third quarters of 2019, with six (6) of Canada’s ten (10) provinces represented on the list.

“The top of our city rankings is looking diverse, but larger cities from each region are moving to the top. For instance, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Halifax all sit in the top-11,” says Robert Kavcic, a BMO Senior Economist and Director.

Brantford comes retained the top spot for its mammoth employment increase of 17.3 per cent in the previous year. The Ontario city is an important supporter of people seeking to move out of the Greater Toronto Area to search for more affordable living.

The BMO surveys come amid a healthy period for Canada jobs.

Employment increased by 110,600 in the third quarters, building on significant gains in the last year.

“The spread between provincial jobless rate also remains historically low, suggesting more uniform condition than we have been used to,” Kavcic writes.

Canada’s Top 10 Best Cities To Find A Job

Here’s a look at the ten cities that topped the list.

1) Brantford, Ontario

Unemployment rates: 3.6%
Unemployment rates change (last 12 months): -2.2
Employment rates: 67.7%
Employment increase (past 12 months): 17.3%

2) Ottawa, Ontario

Unemployment rates: 4.4%
Unemployment rates change (last 12 months): -0.2
Employment rates: 67.7%
Employment increase (past 12 months): 8.3%

3) Kelowna, British Columbia

Unemployment rates: 4.1%
Unemployment rates change (last 12 months): -1.6
Employment rates: 64.6%
Employment increase (past 12 months): 5.7%

4) Quebec City, Quebec

Unemployment rates: 3.0%
Unemployment rates change (last 12 months): -0.9
Employment rates: 67.0%
Employment increase (past 12 months): 2.7%

5) Calgary, Alberta

Unemployment rates: 7.1%
Unemployment rates change (last 12 months): -1.0
Employment rates: 68.8%
Employment increase (past 12 months): 6.1%

6) Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Unemployment rates: 5.8%
Unemployment rates change (last 12 months): -1.5
Employment rates: 65.2%
Employment increase (past 12 months): 2.8%

7) Abbotsford, British Columbia

Unemployment rates: 5.0%
Unemployment rates change (last 12 months): 0.2
Employment rates: 63.1%
Employment increase (past 12 months): 4.7%

8) Halifax, Nova Scotia

Unemployment rates: 5.7%
Unemployment rates change (last 12 months): -0.9
Employment rates: 64.7%
Employment increase (past 12 months): 3.5%

9) Victoria, British Columbia

Unemployment rates: 3.2%
Unemployment rates change (last 12 months): -0.7
Employment rates: 61.3%
Employment increase (past 12 months): 0.4%

10) Toronto, Ontario

Unemployment rates: 5.8%
Unemployment rates change (last 12 months): -0.3
Employment rates: 63.1%
Employment increase (past 12 months): 5.0%

Worst Canadian Cities To Find A Job

On the flip side, the lowest-ranked Canadian cities for finding a job are:

Kelowna, British Columbia (unemployment 6.7 per cent),
Saint John, New Brunswick (unemployment 7.7 per cent),
Peterborough, Ontario (unemployment 7.6 per cent),
Windsor, Ontario (unemployment 9.7 per cent), and
Sudbury, Ontario (unemployment 8.4 per cent).