A Significant Increase in Employment Noticed in All Major Industries
The following growth statistics were said to have contributed to the overall national employment in Canada:
- According to 2016 census data, the retail industry is said to employ about 450,000 immigrants in the country. The burn felt by this industry during January was quickly soothed by March.
- The accommodation and dining industries had also taken the initiative to increase the employment rate from that of pre-pandemic statistics. 21,000 more people are currently working in these sectors, increasing employment rate by about 2 percent.
- The construction industry which provides employment to about 238,000 immigrants, made a significant contribution to increases within the goods-producing sector.
- There was also a rise seen in industries dominated by immigrants like health-care services and other social services which provides jobs to 523,000 immigrants. and social assistance, as well as services within the educational sector which provides jobs to 264,000 immigrants or more.
Is There Stability for Recently Relocated Immigrants?
The travel restrictions during the pandemic have severely impacted the number of immigrants relocating into the country. 2020’s statistics have shown us that 184,000 fresh immigrants decided to reside there as permanent residents.
According to Statistics Canada, recent immigrants can be defined as people who have just relocated into the country within the last five years or so. Many of these recent immigrants were able to sustain their current jobs in the country as there had been a decrease in newer immigrants as a whole. The population is decreasing more quickly than the employment rate and that had proven to be a good thing for more recent immigrants. The employment rate remained steady at 65 percent throughout various months of the pandemic.
Possibilities of a Decrease in Employment
The third wave is beginning to hit hard in Canada, more so during the month of April. More restrictions are now in place to ensure the safety of the residents. For instance, certain non-essential businesses in busier cities like Ontario have been forced to close for about a month. Other places like Quebec, B.C and Alberta, have also been affected by similar regulations.
More recent information about the effects of the pandemic should be published in the Labour Force Survey in May.