The federation reports a total of 435,000 jobs sat vacant for at least four months across Canada during the first quarter of 2019, which amounted to a job vacancy rate of 3.3percent.
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business says labour shortages affected skilled positions more than semi or unskilled occupations.
Labour shortages in Quebec were the most acute in the first quarter of 2019, with the job vacancy rate reaching 4.1 per cent. British Columbia was second with a job vacancy rate of 3.6prcent and Ontario stood third with a rate of 3.3 per cent.
Canada’s Construction industry faced a vacancy of 4.9percent in the first quarter of 2019, followed by personal services at 4.7 per cent
Business in agriculture had a job vacancy rate of 3.8 per cent.and the hospitality sector had a rate of 3.7 per cent.
Canada’s high job vacancy numbers reflect job creation numbers that continue defy expectation.
Canada saw a record 106,500 jobs added in April and another 27,700 jobs added in May, and unemployment in the country is at it’s the lowest point in more than 40 years.
Figures from 2018 show this situation has benefited recent immigrants between the age of 25 and 54, who had an employment rate of 71 per cent.

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