Canada’s Q3 job vacancy report suggests a productive hiring climate.

Statistics Canada’s job vacancy report for the third quarter of 2022 (Q3) reflects a trend seen throughout the year, suggesting a productive hiring climate Canada continues to face labor shortages, as employers looked to fill close to a million (959,600) job vacancies.

A job is defined as vacant if:

  • A specific position exists;
  • Work could start within 30 days; and
  • The employer is actively looking for workers from outside the organization to fill the position.
Average wages increase as employers look to attract more workers

Faced with a tight labor market, and increased difficulty hiring, many employers have looked to increase the offered wages of vacant positions.

Compared with the same quarter a year earlier, the average offered hourly wage increased by 7.5% to $24.20 per hour.

Some in-demand occupation categories experienced increases in offered wages even higher than the national average, including:

  • Middle management in trades, transportation, production, and utilities (+10.8% to $41.40 an hour);
  • Assisting occupations in support of health services (+10.7% to $22.45 an hour);
  • Assemblers in manufacturing (+10.4% to 20.05 an hour); and
  • Processing and manufacturing machine operators and related production workers (+10.2% to $20.02 an hour).
Which sectors have high job vacancies in Canada? 
Most notably, Canada reached a new record high of job vacancies in the healthcare and social assistance sector. Over 150,100 positions were unfilled in the third quarter of 2022.
The demand for more healthcare workers has been persistent since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic; Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has responded by removing barriers to permanent residence for physicians and investing millions into streamlining accreditation of foreign-educated healthcare professionals—as Canada looks to address this historic labor shortage.
Other industries that saw a notable number of vacancies included:
  • Accommodation and food services, with 140,000 job vacancies;
  • Construction, which saw its own historic high of 81,000 vacant positions; and
  • Professional scientific and technical services with 63,100 job vacancies.

Which provinces have the most job vacancies?

Though job vacancies remain high across Canada, certain provinces have had more growth in the number of open positions than others in Q3.

Manitoba and Saskatchewan both saw an increase in job vacancies in Q3 of 10.7% and 7.5% respectively. The considerable percentage increase from quarter to quarter is again telling of the need for labor.

Simultaneously, Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia all saw decreases in the number of job vacancies as compared to the second quarter of 2022. Despite this decrease job vacancies continue to be high across Canada:

  • British Columbia: 155,400 vacancies;
  • Manitoba: 32,400 vacancies;
  • Ontario: 364,000 vacancies;
  • Quebec: 232,400 vacancies;
  • Saskatchewan: 24,300 vacancies;
  • Alberta: 103,380 vacancies*;
  • New Brunswick: 16,430 vacancies*;
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 8,185 vacancies*;
  • Northwest Territories: 1,820 vacancies*;
  • Nova Scotia: 22,960 vacancies*;
  • Nunavut: 405 vacancies*; and
  • Prince Edward Island: 4,090 vacancies*;
  • Yukon: 1,720 vacancies.

*Not seasonally adjusted figures.

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