Canada’s Job Market Shift: How Declining Vacancies Impact Work Visas

As Canada's job market cools down, with the number of unfilled positions falling for the third consecutive month, the impact on work visas is becoming increasingly evident.

Canada’s employment landscape witnessed a substantial decline in job vacancies, with a notable drop of 40,700 positions, equivalent to 6.1%, bringing the total to 632,200 in September.

This trend continues the steady decrease observed since the peak of just over 1 million job vacancies recorded in May 2022, as reported by Statistics Canada, the national statistical agency.

Lowest Vacancy Levels Since February 2021

September marked a significant downturn as job vacancies in Canada hit their lowest point since February 2021.

The total labour demand, comprising both filled and vacant positions, experienced a third consecutive month of decline, as highlighted in a report by Xinhua news agency.


Job Vacancy Rate Hits a New Low

The job vacancy rate, indicating the proportion of vacant positions to total labour demand, decreased by 0.2 percentage points, reaching 3.6% in September. This represents the lowest level since January 2021, according to Statistics Canada.

Declines in Specific Sectors

  • Notably, the number of unfilled positions decreased in four key sectors:
    • Accommodation and food services
    • Construction
    • Finance and insurance
    • Public administration

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Impact on Work Visas

Canada’s job market is experiencing a slowdown, with fewer job vacancies. This may affect work visa processing, as immigration authorities may prioritize applications for positions in sectors with labour shortages. Applicants with specific skills and experience in high-demand sectors may have better chances for success.

Here are some tips for work visa applicants in light of the changing job market:

  • Stay informed about the latest trends in the Canadian job market.
  • Target sectors are experiencing labour shortages.
  • Network with professionals in your field and conduct thorough research on potential employers.
  • Prepare a strong application highlighting your relevant skills, experience, and qualifications.

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Unemployment-to-Job Vacancy Ratio

  • Despite the decline in vacancies, the unemployment rate remained relatively stable in September.
  • This increased the unemployment-to-job vacancy ratio, reaching 1.9 unemployed persons per vacancy.
  • This ratio suggests that competition for available jobs may increase in the coming months.

This shift in the employment landscape underscores the evolving dynamics of Canada’s job market, signalling potential challenges for job seekers and employers alike. Stay tuned for further updates as the nation navigates through these economic shifts.

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Manish Khandelwal
Manish Khandelwal

Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of, he's passionate about writing.

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