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Labour Shortage For Skilled Workers In Canada

Amidst Canada’s growing economy there’s a huge shortage of skilled labor in the country. Nearly 1 in 25 jobs in British Columbia is sitting unfilled, Quebec is also not far behind with a job vacancy rate of 3.1%.

CFIB (Canadian Federation of Independent Business) latest report states that Canada does not have sufficient workers to fill in all the job vacancies available in the country.

The growing labor shortage is coming at a time when Canada’s job market is putting in a historically strong performance in recent years.

Skills Mismatch

Despite the shortage of labor, there over 1.1 million people on the unemployment rolls in Canada. This is as a result of a continuous mismatch between the available labor force and jobs created in Canada.

The current labor shortage is a particularly worrisome trend for small businesses. When a business of 20 people misses 2 persons, it significantly affects productivity.

But this worrisome trend is also good news for current employees who benefit from higher wage.

Occupations With Highest Vacancy Rates In Canada

The latest reports from CFIB shows that construction workers and personal service workers are in huge demand in Canada with vacancy rates of 4.5 and 3.7 % respectively.

Canada also faces a shortage of industrial technicians and healthcare professionals, as employers find it difficult to fill the vacant positions with suitable candidates.

Labour Shortage For Skilled Workers In Canada

Can Adjustability Help Solve Labor Shortage?

Labor mobility would significantly reduce the labor shortage facing Canada’s ever-increasing labor force.

If some regions are doing better than others, it would be beneficial if the people from the region not doing so well to adjust and move to the regions doing great.

Inter-provincial migration in Canada has fallen significantly since the 1970s, it is clear the Canadians are unwilling to move far away from family and social circle for work.

It is increasingly difficult to fill positions of special skill sets.

In order to mitigate the looming labor shortage, Policymakers are advised to make it easier for inter-provincial movement.

For instance, aligning certification across provinces would make it easier for licensed professionals to get accreditation in other provinces.

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