COVID-19 Update: The Effects on Canada’s Job Market in 2021

COVID-19 Update: Canada has been doing exceptionally well despite a third wave. Global News reported on May 25, 2021, that COVID-19 cases have decreased by more than 70 percent.

More than half of Canadian citizens and permanent residents have already received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and it is only a matter of time before second doses have been issued!

Canada is now ranked third among G20 countries with regards to keeping to the quota of implementing vaccines. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated on Tuesday 25, 2021 that he was confident that all those who were eligible and willing to receive vaccinations would be vaccinated by the end of September 2021.

”We will have more than enough doses in Canada by the end of June to give the first dose to every Canadian who wants one, and second doses will continue to ramp up through June and into the summer.”

Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau


Source: CBC News

Most provinces have scheduled four weeks in between doses however some have opted to reduce the number of weeks in between doses.

If the pandemic has you concerned about finding a job in Canada, which is a natural concern, we have a breakdown of how the coronavirus has impacted the various industries in Canada.

How Jobs in Canada Have Been Affected by the Pandemic

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Due to mandatory shutdowns and travel restrictions, global markets have taken a bit of a beating while others have thrived. Let's take a closer look at how Canada’s job market has held up through the pandemic due to the StatCan COVID-19 report.

Professional Business Services

Businesses in this sector had mixed outcomes.

Increase in Growth

Engineering - offers some of the highest-paying jobs in Canada. This sector continued to see growth, despite the pandemic. This was fueled by natural gas industry projects.

Accounting - this is a sector that was hit hard by the pandemic. The operating revenue grew at a more modest pace than in previous years. There was, however, growth nonetheless of 3 percent in 2020 and there was also an increase in a need for financial support due to the extension of tax filing deadlines in 2020.

Informatics - 2020 saw an increase in operating revenue by 16.3 percent in 2020 for software publishers and 14.7 percent for data processing, hosting, and other related services. This was boosted by the need to adhere to technological development due to the pandemic, particularly due to the increase in the use of the cloud and artificial intelligence. These were two of the few industries that were hiring during the pandemic.

Decrease in Growth

Architecture & Specialised Design - this a sector that unfortunately saw a decrease in growth due to restrictions and a focus on essential services and non-residential construction. This resulted in a mere 2.4 percent growth in revenue, the weakest in the past six years, however, low-interest rates have led to an increase in new residential construction. Much interior and design work was put on hold, due to the need for in-person interactions. This led to a 12.6 percent decline in operating revenue.

Administrative Services

Increase in Growth

Telework Industries - the capacity is more than 80 percent for professional, scientific, and technical services. Employment bounced back quickly by September 2020 and by January 2021, exceeding levels in February 2020 by 4.9 percent. It has risen to about 5 percent in accommodation and food services, however, is still operating at a third of its pre-pandemic levels, according to the latest report by StatCan.

Decrease in Growth

Employment services - employment capacity in placement agencies took a bit of a nosedive in 2020 as travel restrictions remained in place. Foreign workers often rely on job placement agencies when applying for jobs in Canada from abroad. Due to many foreign workers not being able to travel to Canada, employment service saw a decline of 11 percent in 2020.

Tourism - this is perhaps the industry that was hit the hardest due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. As borders remain closed to all non-essential travel until at least June 21, 2021. Operating revenue has plummeted by 61.5 percent in 2020. Accommodation services were also severely affected and dropped by almost half of its operating revenue (46.1 (percent).

How Canada Immigration Has Been Affected

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The past six months have seen a vast decrease in the processing capacity of Canadian visas, however, Canada has not stopped processing visas.

Family Class and Refugees - these admissions took the brunt of COVID-19 effects, with a decrease of 72 to 63 percent.

Express Entry: Canadian Experience Class - Express Entry draws have seen an increase in visa processing. The government seems to be searching for foreign workers with previous Canadian work experience, most of whom located in Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec.

Express Entry: Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) - Express Entry draws have also seen an increase in the processing of PNP applications. This could be due to the fact that more than likely you would need a job offer in a respective province or territory to be considered eligible.

Temporary Foreign Workers - admissions saw a decrease of 33 percent generally. It is, however, important to note that agricultural workers were considered essential and only saw a decrease of 8 percent in admissions.

What is clear is that Canada’s government is doing everything that it can to support and protect its citizens and residents. Although various industries have been affected by the pandemic, predominantly tourism, employment, architecture, and specialized design industries, certain sectors managed to show growth, including telecommunication, tech, accounting, and engineering.

The key to increasing your chances of having a successful visa application is to ensure that you have a job offer and if you have Canadian work experience your chances of getting a Canada visa are highly likely.

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