Canada Job Markets: A Starting Point

As a newcomer in Canada, getting to know and understand Canada job markets will be an important part of your successful integration. If you already have a job lined up, you may want to understand how popular your field is, and what options you may have down the line. If you’re still exploring your career path, understanding what sectors of the Canada job market are hot, and getting hotter may help you determine what kind of your you choose to pursue.

Canada’s Unemployment Rate

As of January, 2016, Canada’s unemployment rate is  7.2 per cent, a bit above the average for developed countries, and the job vacancy rate is 2.8 per cent, according to official government statistics. Those indicators suggest that finding a job is possible, and probably here! But all countries, some sectors are more affected by unemployment, and some provinces are likely to have greater  opportunities than others.

Strong Canada Job Markets

Not unsurprisingly, Canada’s major cities are the epicenters of industry, so you may have luck finding jobs in places like Toronto, Vancouver, or Calgary. But another approach is seeking out Canada locations that have low populations, and fewer qualified workers to compete for jobs. Provinces and territories including Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut have low populations compared to other Regions in Canada (largely because the climate is a bit more extreme). If you relocate to one of these locations, it’s likely you’ll land a job quickly. Your skills will be valued, welcomed and put to good use.

In the past few years, Canada has seen streaky job growth in technology, math and engineering fields. If you are a college graduate in one of these fields, yo should be able to find a meaningful career relatively easy. Because the possibilities for jobs in these markets is diverse, and incorporated within many different professions, tailoring your career to your particular interest should be possible, too.

As the population of Canada’s residents age (for the first time in Canadian history, there are more people age 65 years and older than children up to age 14 yeas!), the country is expected to see a sharp influx of job opportunities in all health and seniors care-related sectors. If you are looking for your next career move, you’ll be safe in this job market. Some of the hottest and most in-demand jobs are in  nursing professions, so if you’re already a trained and certified nurse overseas, you should indicate this on your immigration application,. This will likely speed up your immigration process.

The media and communication sectors are also growing fast, thanks to new social media technologies, and a high demand for web development and design-related jobs. You can expect communications to remain one of the most stable Canada job markets in the next few years.

Like other developed countries, the Canadian economy has been affected by shifts and struggles in the global economy, but it still remains quite stable. But by exploring the possibilities of the sectors mentioned above, you are more likely to enjoy job security in Canada. Of course, if your interests don’t lie in these fields, don’t worry! Canada’s working population is diverse, and with some effort and patience, you’ll limey be able to find yourself happily employed, regardless of your interests.


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Catherine

About Catherine

It’s always been easy for me to have lots of love for Canada. As a native Canadian, I enjoy a both the vibrant cities full of excitement for young people, and the many opportunities to explore more remote parts of the country too. In my day-to-day life, it’s important for me to live an eco-friendly and health-conscious lifestyle. I like to take my kids on outings to the apple orchard in fall, a sugar shack in the spring, and to the many city parks during winter for ice skating, cross country skiing and snowman building. What better way for me to show my thanks to Canada then to help others with their journies of relocating to the country? I hope that I, and the rest of the Settle-in.com team, can help ease your mind during your transition. Il n’a jamais été difficile pour moi d’aimer le Canada. En tant que Canadien d’origine, je profite d’une ville dynamique, riche en activités pour les jeunes mais aussi de possibilités pour explorer d’autres endroits du pays. Dans ma vie quotidienne, il est important pour moi de vivre en respectant l’environnement et la santé. J’aime amener mes enfants dans les pommeraies l’automne, dans une cabane à sucre au printemps et dans les nombreux parcs de la ville pour patiner en hiver, faire du ski de fond et des bonhommes de neige. Aider les autres dans leur relocalisation dans ce pays est une des meilleures façon de remercier le Canada. J’espère que l’équipe de Settle-in.com et moi pourrons vous soulager dans votre période de transition. //