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Canada is showing good signs of recovery in the public health situations as it has now opened its borders to fully vaccinated foreign travellers.

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The Canadian economy is also showing signs of recovery to pre-pandemic levels with a consistent rise in employment levels. All these factors are set to contribute to rising immigration levels of foreign skilled workers and international students in Canada.

Canada recovers 90,000 jobs in August

The newest Labour Force Survey released by Statistics Canada notes employment levels in August reach pre-pandemic levels in Canada. August month added another 90,000 jobs in Canada.

Employment increased in regions of Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia. These gains from August and the months prior brought Canada’s employment up to just 156,000 employees short of February 2020 levels.

Total employment in the Construction sector increased for the first time since this past March. Services-producing industries, mostly accommodation & food services and the information, culture and recreation industry continued to see gains in employment.

Interestingly, immigrants who landed in Canada within the past five years continued to rise in employment levels nearly up to 70 per cent. This is six percentage points higher than the August 2019 levels.

Experts see this rise as a consequence of the reduced number of new immigrants admitted in 2020. Subsequently, with the opening of borders to fully vaccinated travellers, Canada’s services sector can add more jobs in the coming months, employing more foreign workers.

Canada had 815,800 job vacancies in June

Another job vacancy report by Statistics Canada indicated 129,100 vacant positions in accommodation and food services jobs in June. Health care and social assistance, retail trade sector in Canada equally saw more openings.

British Columbia and Quebec had the highest job vacancy rates. Manitoba and Nova Scotia had the lowest job vacancy rates. The vacancy rate is the proportion of vacant positions compared to the number of all positions in a sector. In June, Canada’s overall vacancy rate reached 5 per cent

Economist Carrie Freestone suggests that employees are now in a stronger bargaining position to negotiate higher wages and better benefits. Also, the tight labour market may put upward pressure on wages, leading to higher consumer prices.

In-demand Jobs in Manitoba

The pandemic has caused certain Manitoba occupations to be more in-demand than others.

According to a Canadian government study, occupations with their National Occupational Classification (NOC) code that in-demand in Manitoba include:

  • Graphic designers and illustrators (NOC 5241)
  • Computer network technicians (NOC 2281)
  • Insurance agents and brokers (NOC 6231)

Eligible foreign workers who are working in Manitoba such as temporary workers and international students can apply for provincial nominations under the Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream. Those having an Express Entry profile can make use of the Skilled Worker Overseas Stream through the Manitoba Express Entry Pathway.

In-demand Jobs in Saskatchewan

Even in Saskatchewan, certain occupations experience increased demand and calls for immigration of eligible foreign skilled workers.

According to a Canadian government study, occupations with their National Occupational Classification (NOC) code that in-demand in Manitoba include:

  • Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012)
  • Information systems analysts and consultants (NOC 2171)
  • Power engineers and power systems operators (NOC 9241)
  • Real estate agents and salespersons (NOC 6232)

Eligible foreign workers with work experience in specific in-demand occupations can apply under various streams of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP).

You may also use your skilled work experience as part of a permanent residence application through an economic class immigration program. This includes the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), all managed by the Express Entry system.

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