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Canada reports 553,500 job vacancies in the first quarter of 2021

Job vacancies and job vacancy rate continue to increase in Canada

In Canada, job vacancies as well as job vacancy rates are on the upswing.

As per the Job Vacancy and Wage Survey [JVWS], “There were 553,500 job vacancies in the first quarter of 2021, up by 40,700 (+7.9%) from the same quarter one year earlier and by 47,300 (+9.4%) compared with two years earlier.”

The Job Vacancy and Wage Survey [JVWS] provides comprehensive data on job vacancies and wages, per industrial sector and occupations as on National Occupational Classification [NOC] matrix for Canada.

Details on job vacancies, along with the offered wage data, are released quarterly.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a suspension of data collection for the JVWS for the third and fourth quarters of 2020.

The next job vacancy data from the JVWS for the second quarter of 2021 is scheduled to be released on September 21, 2021.

In Canada, public health restrictions in view of the COVID-19 pandemic have been eased in a number of provinces, which include – Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, and Manitoba.




The job vacancy rate in Canada increased 0.5% points to 3.3% in the first quarter of 2021. This is the highest rate since comparable data was made available in 2015.

By “job vacancy rate” is meant vacant positions as a proportion of all positions, vacant as well as occupied.

10 Occupations in Canada with the largest year-over-year increases in job vacancies

[for the first quarter of 2021]

Occupation Level of Year-over-Year Change Percentage of Year-over-Year Change
Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses 7,230 56.2%
Nurse Aides, Orderlies, and Patient Service Associates 5,395 45.4%
Licensed Practical Nurses 4,005 94%
Material Handlers 3,525 50.1%
Store Shelf Stockers, Clerks and Order Fillers 2,845 39.8%
Carpenters 2,290 51.7%
Home Support Workers, Housekeepers and Related Occupations 2,270 35.4%
Social and Community Service Workers 2,220 38.1%
Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Labourers 2,000 48.7%
Construction Trades Helpers and Labourers 1,995 22%

Source: Job Vacancy and Wage Survey

In Q1 2021, the health care and social assistance sector in Canada experienced the greatest year-over-year increase in job vacancies as compared to the other sectors in the Canadian labour market.

Nearly 1 in 5 job vacancies in Canada were in health care and social assistance.

Job vacancies in the construction sector also reached an all-time high. Almost two-thirds of the increase was for specialty trade contractors.

When compared to the data for Q1 2020, Quebec was the largest contributor to the increase in the job vacancies in the construction industry.

There were also a record number of job vacancies in professional, scientific and technical services.

Quebec recorded the largest year-over-year increase in job vacancies. Among the regions in Quebec, Côte-Nord/Nord-du-Québec had the highest job vacancy rate of all, followed by Capitale-Nationale, Laurentides, and Outaouais.

As Canada transitions out of COVID-19 pandemic, data from the JVWS will continue to provide insights into the changing employment in the Canadian labour market occupation-wise as well as industry-wise.

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