During the first quarter over 435,000 jobs were vacant in Canada.

In a recent update released by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, the job vacancy rate in Canada’s private sector broke another record in the first quarter of 2019 with the most number of unfilled jobs reported in Quebec.

All across Canada during the first quarter of 2019, a total of 435,000 jobs sat vacant for at least four months, which amounted to a job vacancy rate of 3.3%.

According to Ted Mallet, vice-president and chief economist of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) the vacancy rate has been climbing steadily over the past two years and has now in 2019 reached a record high during the first quarter. The shortage in labour has affected the skilled positions more as compared to semi- or unskilled occupations.

This shortage has also put increased pressure on wage levels, with employers with vacant positions expecting a rise in wages. The labour shortage remains a challenge for employers in Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec.