Increased demand in health care and food services in Canada

The public health measures increased in May, and there was an increase in Canada’s accommodation and food services sector with a large number of employers looking for skilled workers, and the highest numbers of positions were open.  There were 671,100 positions that were estimated to be actively recruited by Canadian employers.

The month of May saw 107,300 new positions open May, which is one-sixth of all the job vacancies.  The second highest openings were in accommodation and food services with around 78000, and finally, the third number was held by retail trade and the toral job vacancies were 73,800

The number of vacancies is a general count of the number of open positions.  It is a slight distinction from the vacancy rate, which refers to the number of vacant positions as a proportion of all positions.

Quebec has the highest job vacancy rates among all the provinces, and in May, it was at 5.1 percent as per Statistics Canada’s payroll, employment, and job vacancies report.   At second number there is B.C. followed which is close to 5 percent, and at the third number came New Brunswick with 4.9 percent.  The lowest Job vacancies were in Newfoundland and Labrador at 2.8 percent.

The vacancy rate of the accommodation and food services sector is 7.8 percent.  It also reflects the seasonal hiring and also recruitment challenges. The employees are forced to take up social assistance as the regular staff finds it difficult to return with the restaurants shut. 

After the pandemic time, many people have re-evaluated their lifestyle and careers and have gone extra careful about their health. The lack of international students who work a lot in this sector has also played a part in vacancy rates.

June was better than May with restrictions reduced, and the Labour Force Survey suggests that employment in accommodation and food services grew almost 12 percent from May to June. “Employment”  stands for the number of people working. 

Immigrants  can help support worsening labor shortages

As per a  recent RBC report, Canada’s reliance on immigrants will increase as retirements and job quitting levels increase.

Economist Andrew Agopsowicz said during the pandemic that the number of retirements and people quitting their jobs due to dissatisfaction dropped significantly earlier bur with the economy in the recovery mode, the number of job quitters is returning to pre-pandemic levels. Retirements that have been delayed will pick up in the second half of 2021. 

Despite record-breaking immigration targets, Canada has been admitting newcomers at a slower rate, and only program-specific draws are being held. In June, Canada welcomed about 35,000 new permanent residents to meet the immigration target of 401,000 this year, which means ideally 43,000 new immigrants per month should be invited.

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