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Unemployment in Canada has fallen, but some businesses are struggling to hire. Here’s why – National

Canada’s unemployment rate fell to a new low of 5.1% in May – the lowest since at least 1976 – but some businesses are struggling to fill vacancies. One of the main reasons for this, according to an expert, is that people are more ‘picky’ when it comes to applying for jobs due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the environment. of work.

“It’s very hard to make the case that you have to physically come to work five days a week,” said Sarah McVanel, chief recognition officer and founder of Greatness Magnified, a company that helps organizations retain top talent and fight against burnout.

McVanel says COVID-19 has presented Canadians with a different reality that has changed the way people think about work.


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According to a report released by Statistics Canada on May 24, job vacancies at the start of April reached just over one million, up more than 40% from a year ago in a strained labor that is driving up wages and fueling inflation fears. .

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The agency said on its website that employers in Canada are actively seeking to fill 1,001,100 vacancies, up 23,300 from March this year and 308,000 from April 2021.

Job vacancies in the health care and social assistance sectors hit a record high of 136,800, up 5% from the peak three months earlier and 90.9% from the first quarter of 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the economy, according to a Statistics Canada report, released May 21.

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The report went on to say that nurse aide positions, in addition to registered nurses and licensed practical nurses, accounted for 67.7% of all vacancies in the healthcare sector compared to the first quarter of 2020.

Construction industry employers also struggled to fill positions in the first quarter as 81,500 positions were unfilled, up 7.1% from the fourth quarter of 2021, and more than double the number. observed in the first quarter of 2020.

Helper and laborer vacancies soared 97% and carpenter vacancies increased 149.1% from the first quarter of 2020.

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Job vacancies also continued to reach record highs in the manufacturing and retail sectors, up 5.3% and 12.8%, respectively, from the fourth quarter of 2021.

Goods-producing sector employment declines in May, employment change (%) from May 2021 (StatCan).

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McVanel said people are making huge career choices right now. Many change industries, not just employers.

“As people look out there in other industries, they see how it’s possible to have a different lifestyle, then they find they can make the same amount of money, maybe without having need to work in a physically uncomfortable environment,” she says.

According to McVanel, statistical data does not always illuminate the real problem.

“Some companies struggle to keep up, let alone attract people because of their policies, because of their workplace culture,” McVanel said.

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“People can read on Glassdoor (about companies). That means people don’t even apply. So this well is drying up.

The upward trend in employment continues in May (StatCan).

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She says good qualitative data is needed to rate workplaces on the respect and recognition they have for their employees.

“If you don’t treat employees like human beings, not just like a number, and invest in their careers, then you’re more than likely – no matter what industry you’re in – you’re less likely to be able to hold your position and attract people,” McVanel said.

University of Ottawa economics professor David Gray says there are several barriers between Canadians looking for jobs and employers looking to fill vacancies right now and the reluctance to providing adequate training to employees is one.

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“There are a lot of jobs to fill…but there are frictions or barriers when it comes to hiring and training employees,” Gray said.

Gray says there are jobs that “generally want their workers fully trained and ready to go.” But, are “often reluctant to invest in their training for fear of seeing their employees poached by a competing company”.


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Gray explains that there are some jobs that require seven or more years of experience, but not all companies provide the necessary training for this and often look for workers who already have it.

“There are jobs you can do practically right away, but most jobs require at least some training,” he said. “You need to invest (in employees) to reduce worker turnover.”

The vacancies problem “can also be alleviated by offering higher salaries,” Gray said.

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Another obstacle Gray points out is the commute.

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“The jobs that are available, they’re not necessarily geographically close to the location of job seekers among the unemployed,” he said.

For some companies, hiring is also an obstacle due to the lack of affordable housing for workers to rent. One such struggling business is Fish & Sips in Collingwood, Ontario.

Owner Paul Heather said in an interview with The Canadian Press on Saturday that “it’s affordability, but also availability” that is causing the problem.

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“There’s not enough rental stock for people to choose from,” Heather said.

He also said his latest kitchen rental couldn’t find a place in town and commuted by car – another hurdle when gas prices soar and regional public transport lags behind.

Rentals.ca, a Canadian apartment rental search website, said the average rent for all Canadian properties listed on its site rose 10.5% year-over-year to 1,888 $ per month in May. According to the Canadian Real Estate Association, the national average home price topped $700,000 last month, up 41% from two years earlier, as mortgages on the island soared from Vancouver to Atlantic Canada.

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— With files from The Canadian Press

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