235,000 Jobs Are Unfilled In Canada In The First Quarter Of 2021

A total of 235,000 jobs sat vacant or unfilled in the first quarter of 2019 according to the federation report across Canada. This is the highest number of unfilled jobs reported by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business in the first three months of 2021.

According to the vice-president and chief economist of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) Ted Mallet, labour shortages affected skilled positions more than semi- or unskilled occupations.

“The national vacancy rate has been steadily climbing for the past two years and it reached another record high last quarter,” – Ted Mallet.

Labour shortages remain a challenge to employers across Canada but mostly in Quebec, British Columbia and Ontario.


Employers say these shortages are putting “strong pressure” on wage levels as they are expected to raise wages.

Labour shortages by province

Province                                                        Vacancy rate                                              Change                                 Unfilled jobs


Quebec                                                              4.1%                                                          +0.1%                                         120,800


British Columbia                                            3.6%                                                            +0.1%                                        69,400


Ontario                                                              3.3%                                                              +0.1%                                          174,800




New Brunswick                                                  2.8%                                                                                                                6,600



Manitoba                                                              2.4%                                                                                                                10,400



Saskatchewan                                                      2.3%                                                            +0.1%                                              8,000



Nova Scotia                                                      2.3%                                                                  -0.1%                                            7,000


Alberta                                                            2.1%                                                                      -0.1%                                        33,800


Newfoundland & Labrador                          1.9%                                                                  +0.1%                                              2,800


Prince Edward Island                                1.8%                                                                      +0.1%                                                900

Quebec is the most affected province with job vacancy rate reaching 4.1 per cent while British Columbia and Ontario came second and third with job vacancy rates of 3.6 per cent and 3.3 per cent respectively.

Labour Shortages by sector

In the first quarter of 2019, Canada’s construction industry faced a vacancy rate of 4.9 per cent, followed by personal services at 4.7 per cent.

Businesses in agriculture had a job vacancy rate of 3.8 per cent and the hospitality sector had a rate of 3.7 per cent.

Canada’s high job vacancy numbers reflect job creation numbers that continue to defy expectations.

Canada saw a record 106,500 jobs added in April and another 27,700 jobs added in May, and unemployment in the country is at its lowest point in more than 40 years.

There couldn’t be a better time to immigrate to Canada than now as there are more than available jobs for the workforce in Canada presently.


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