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Posted on March 01 2021

Canadian provinces with the most job opportunities in 2021

By  Editor
Updated July 25 2023

2020 was a challenging year for Canada as it was for other world nations too due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of the world’s nations struggled and took very cautious steps to open up their borders to migration and international travel. The travel restrictions and COVID measures gave unprecedented losses to these world nations.

Canada’s resilience and unfailing determination to keep Canada immigration thriving for those skilled immigrants essential for Canada have paid off. Qualified and skilled foreigners ready to work in Canada have also found the country to be the best place to develop a career.

The provinces of Canada have played a vital role in contributing to the economic growth of Canada. These provinces have run PNP draws regularly and invited foreigners with the necessary skills to address the demands of their labor market. International workers also have found enough opportunities to arrive in Canada on a Canada PR visa and work in their field of work.

International immigrants will be interested in learning which Canadian provinces have more employment opportunities in 2021. If we scrutinize the performance of Canadian provinces in employment generation in 2020 leading to 2021, we could find a picture emerging. Let’s make an attempt at that now.

Here’s the overall employment status in Canada in January 2021.

Category January 2021 December 2020
Unemployment 9.4% 8.8%
Employment 58.6% 59.3%
Rate of participation 64.7% 65%
Unemployed people 1,899,000 1,773,900
Working people 18,272,000 18,484,800
Unemployment rate – youth (aged 15-24 years) 19.7% 17.8%
Unemployment rate – men (aged 25 or above) 7.6% 7.5%
Unemployment rate – women (aged 25 or above) 8% 7%

Here are unemployment rates for January 2021 in Canadian provinces.

Category January 2021 December 2020
Newfoundland & Labrador 12.8% 12.6%
Prince Edward Island 7.9% 9.9%
Nova Scotia 8.3% 8.8%
New Brunswick 8.8% 9.6%
Quebec 8.8% 6.8%
Ontario 10.2% 9.6%
Manitoba 8% 8.3%
Saskatchewan 7.2% 8%
Alberta 10.7% 11.1%
British Columbia 8.0% 7.2%

From the table, it can be clearly seen that Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan have shone the highest improvement in employment levels between December 2020 and January 2021. New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Manitoba come next in this regard.

So, does this mean that PEI and Saskatchewan have the most prospects for those seeking jobs in Canada? To find out, let’s learn some more facts about how employment rates have been in Canadian provinces.

In the week from January 10 to 16, 2021, the number of COVID cases came down from an all-time high in Canada. Ontario and Quebec had closed non-essential retail businesses. The curfew announced in Quebec on January 14, 2021, affected the working hours of some businesses. Hence, in these provinces, lots of part-time employment were lost in the retail trade sectors.

Manitoba and Alberta also closed recreation facilities, in-person dining, and personal care services as well as restricted the functioning of retail businesses.

But the Atlantic provinces showed better performance as PEI re-opened in-person dining and cultural and recreational facilities. In Nova Scotia and Halifax also restrictions on opening in-person dining were eased just days prior to the Labor Force Survey was conducted.

As per the findings of the Labor Force Survey, the performance of Atlantic Canada provinces like PEI and Nova Scotia seemed better in terms of employment. The increase in loss of employment in 2021 was mostly concentrated in central Canada with provinces of Ontario and Quebec showing high rates of unemployment. Even Atlantic Canada provinces like Newfoundland & Labrador saw a fall in employment.

The fall in employment, mostly part-time, in January 2021 in Ontario was by 12% and in Quebec was by 12.3%. Youth aged between 15 and 24 were the most affected by this. Another category of people who suffered from this fall in employment was women aged between 25 and 54.

A rise in employment was seen in the provinces of PEI, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, and Alberta. In PEI, the unemployment rate fell by 2% in January 2021. In Nova Scotia, employment increased by 1.7%. In Manitoba, employment increased by 0.9%, while in Alberta the jump in the employment rate was by 1% in January 2021.

So, considering the opportunities presented in employment, thanks to the more relaxed restrictions allowing more businesses to function, the provinces that are offering the most opportunities for employment include the Atlantic Canada provinces of PEI and Nova Scotia and the provinces of Alberta and Manitoba.

Besides, the growth in instances of working from home has increased from 700,000 to 5.4 million in January 2021. The increase in adoption of this mode of work attributes itself to the occurrence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, you have to keep yourself updated about the developments happening around resuming businesses in different provinces of Canada. As vaccinations are increasing and the threat of COVID-19 been dissipated gradually but steadily, more areas of Canada will open up and give you more chances for employment like the ones you have always wished for.

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