Job vacancies in Canada – The job vacancy rate in the energy sector was more than twice as high as all sectors combined in 2011

Statistics Canada has measured the concept of job vacancies several ways since the 1960s, namely, using the Help Wanted Index from 1962 to 2003, the Job Vacancy Survey from 1971 to 1978, the Workplace and Employee Survey (WES) from 1999 to 2006 and since 2011, the Job Vacancy Statistics (JVS) produced from the Business Payrolls Survey (BPS).

The Job Vacancy and Wage Survey (JVWS) was also recently launched, with the first results released in August 2015.

Shortly before the JVWS, the 2011 Workplace Survey (WS) was conducted in collaboration with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). According to the WS, there were 392,500 job vacancies in December 2011, representing 2.7% of all filled and unfilled positions in Canada that month.

This article presents the results of the WS and examines whether the trends observed in the job vacancies are reflected in selected Labour Force Survey (LFS) indicators.

Main findings

  • Oil-producing provinces posted the highest job vacancy rates
  • The job vacancy rate in the energy sector was more than twice as high as all sectors combined
  • Job vacancy rates are similar regardless of the size of location
  • Technical personnel, trades workers and professionals are in highest demand

Table 1

Number of job vacancies, job vacancy rate and

unemployment rate by province and territory, 2011

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Source: Labour Statistics: Research Papers – Job vacancies in 2011: Results of the Workplace Survey, no. 1


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