Canada's rapidly ageing population has left the country with the challenge of sourcing qualified, skilled workers to fill the increasing demand for skilled occupations. The Federal Government's solution has been to grow immigration levels over the next several years, and bring in qualified, overseas skilled workers through Canada's Express Entry Stream, and Provincial Nominee Programs.
The first quarter of 2019 showed over 500,000 skilled job vacancies in Canada; a 44,000 increase from the same quarter of the previous year. Two-thirds of the vacancies were for permanent positions in fields including: Information Technology, Healthcare and Social Assistance, Food Services, Educational Services, Retail Trade, Manufacturing and Accommodation, and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
The IT sector has always been a booming industry in Canada, with reports showing a 58% rise in Tech-related jobs over the last 4 years, in occupations like, Machine Learning Engineer, Development Operations Engineer, and Data Scientists.
Apart from tech-related jobs, several other occupations have also shown significant increases in the last few years, including occupations like Accounting Technicians and Bookkeepers, Administrative Assistants, Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers, Social and Community Workers, and Early Childhood Educators.
Nova Scotia are in high demand for overseas skilled workers in early Childhood Education, Financial Auditors, Assistants, and Accountants.
Both British Columbia and New Brunswick are targeting workers for Tech-related positions, with BC's Tech Pilot Program a good indication of the growing importance of tech-related occupations in Canada. BC is also in demand for skilled workers in Transportation and Warehousing, and Professional, Scientific and Technical services.
Ontario's biggest in demand occupations are in the Health care and Social Assistance sector, Retail Trade, Food Services, Accommodation and Professional, Scientific and Technical services.
This is the best time to find skilled work in Canada. Do you think you have the skills to fill one of Canada's in-demand occupations? Contact us for a quick enquiry and see if you qualify!
Canada Express Entry Draw; June 2019
The latest Canada Express Entry draw was held on 12 June 2019, with 3,350 invitations issued. The lowest qualifying score on the comprehensive ranking system (CRS) was 465 points. The next draw is expected to have a similar minimum CRS score. The previous draw had a minimum cut off point of 470.
These scores are considered pretty high on the CRS system. The reasons can be attributed to the fact that a greater number of qualified candidates have entered the Express Entry pool, and an increased time period between the draws, allowing a greater number of candidates to enter the pool; thus making the Express Entry Draws very competitive.
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