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Canada's job vacancies reached 5.7% in the second quarter of 2022

Canada's job vacancies reached 5.7% in the second quarter of 2022

Statistics Canada has released results of the Job Vacancy and Wage Survey report for the second quarter of 2022. Overall, vacancies were up 4.7% from the first quarter of 2022 and 42.3% higher than the second quarter of 2021.

There are nearly one million job vacancies in Canada across all sectors, or an overall rate of 5.7%, an all-time high. Vacancies are calculated as the number of vacant positions as they correspond to total labour demand.

Beginning in the first quarter of 2020, the growth in labour demand has been exceeding growth in payroll employment, resulting in the current record high number of job vacancies.

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Wage increases in some sectors are not matching the consumer price index

The report found that the average hourly wage offered across all sectors has increased by 5.3 % over the second quarter of 2021. It currently stands at $24.05 per hour. This rise is different from the hourly average wages of all employees, those currently employed, which rose only 4.1 % in comparison.

These increases do not equal the rise in the consumer price index (CPI), a key measure of inflation. The CPI increased by 7.5% compared to the same period in 2021.

Jobs in five sectors were most likely to reflect a wage increase. The professional, scientific, and technical sectors saw the largest increase, 11.3%, to an average hourly wage of $37.05. Wholesale trade jobs average $26.10 per hour.

Conversely, retail trade job wages rose only 5.7%, lower than the CPI and the healthcare and social assistance rose only 3.6% over last year to $25.85. Overall, the majority of job vacancies are reporting hourly wages that are on par with, or below , the CPI for the second quarter of 2022.

Vacancies are rising in six provinces

Job vacancies rose in six provinces between the first and second quarters of 2022. Ontario saw the largest increase, rising 6.6% to a total of 379,700 job vacancies. Nova Scotia also experienced a rise of 6%. British Columbia, Manitoba, Alberta and Quebec saw rises between 5.6% and 2.4%

The only province to show a decrease in job vacancies was New Brunswick, which dropped 6.1% to 15,200 open positions. There was no notable change in the remaining provinces and territories.

There was an average ratio of 1.1 unemployed people for each job vacancy in Canada. This is down from 1.3 people for each job in the first quarter of 2022 and 2.3 people from the same time last year.

Quebec and British Columbia report only 0.8 people for each job vacancy. Conversely, Newfoundland and Labrador is outside the average at 3.3 unemployed people for every vacant job.

Vacancies per sector

Healthcare and social assistance

There was little change in the number of job vacancies in the healthcare and social assistance sector between the first and second quarter this year, 135,300 to 136,100, or almost 6%. However, it is up almost 29% from the second quarter of 2021. A shortage of staff has meant that some hospitals have had to reduce services, such as temporarily closing emergency rooms.

Manitoba is experiencing the highest job vacancy rate in the healthcare sector at 6.7%.

Accommodation and food services

Job vacancies in the accommodation and food services sector rose a significant 12.7% to 149,600 vacant jobs in the second quarter, or an overall job vacancy rate of 10.9%. This is the highest job vacancy rate across all sectors and is particularly pronounced in the Kootenay region of British Columbia.

Professional, scientific, and technical services

Jobs in this sector reached a high of 74,600 job vacancies, up nearly 8%, over the last quarter and 79% higher than it was in the first quarter of 2020. Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver and the surrounding area accounted for over half of these vacancies.

The largest rise was in occupations in the natural and applied sciences, at 13.3%. Tech occupations in the natural and applied sciences also significantly rose this quarter to 9.6%.

What does it mean?

The high job vacancy rate combined with the low rate of unemployment means some employers are having difficulties filling vacant positions and experiencing a longer hiring process. Through the second quarter there were only 44 people hired for every 100 vacancies. Canada’s labour shortage is expected to become more acute into 2030 as over nine million Canadians reach the retirement age of 65 and the birth rate remains low at 1.4 children per woman.

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Some in P.E.I. and Nova Scotia won’t get electricity back until next week: utilities

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HALIFAX — It will be Sunday or Monday before all communities in Prince Edward Island are reconnected to the electricity grid — more than a week after post-tropical storm Fiona yanked down power lines across Atlantic Canada and eastern Quebec, officials said Thursday.

The wait could be even longer for hundreds of households and businesses because of damaged service masts or undetected problems at the neighbourhood level, Maritime Electric spokeswoman Kim Griffin told a news conference.

“I realize Islanders without power want to know a restoration time for their outage,” Griffin said. “At this time, we are not able to provide what we consider an accurate estimation when individual areas will be restored .… I don’t feel comfortable giving a blanket restoration time, days or weeks out.”

The storm roared into the region early Saturday and lingered over the Island, Cape Breton and southwestern Newfoundland, knocking out power to more than 500,000 homes and business in the four Atlantic provinces.

At the height of the storm, more than 90 per cent of Maritime Electric’s customers were in the dark, as were 80 per cent of Nova Scotia Power’s customers. By Thursday afternoon, those numbers had dropped to 44 per cent and 13 per cent, respectively.

Griffin said about 900 of Maritime Electric’s customers have reported damaged service masts — the covered pole or tube used to attach power lines to individual homes and businesses.

“I know this was a historic storm for us, unlike anything we have ever experienced,” she said. “I know you are rocked by what is happening in your life, work and family .… Fiona hit us harder than any other storm in our 100-year history.”

During the news conference, Premier Dennis King confirmed that his home was still without electricity, though he said his family has a generator.

“I can relate to those who are frustrated,” he said. “When I left this morning, we didn’t have power …. Look at my hair. I haven’t been able wash and shave to the extent that I would like to. But I’m doing fine. I’m more concerned about the rest of Prince Edward Island.”

In neighbouring Nova Scotia, a spokesman for Nova Scotia Power said the “majority” of the utility’s customers would have their power restored by Friday. However, Matt Drover said, “some pockets” of the province would have to wait until the weekend or “into next week.”

Earlier in the day, Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston said he had requested more help from the military. “I understand we have over 300 military personnel on the ground, and I’m thankful to the federal government for that, but we need so much more,” he told reporters after a cabinet meeting.

“In a province where we have something like 10,000 military personnel stationed here, it’s my personal belief that pretty much every single one of those people would drop everything to help their fellow Nova Scotians, should they be asked.”

On Wednesday, the premier criticized the telecommunications companies that serve Nova Scotia, saying they failed to adequately co-operate with the province’s emergency management team, an accusation denied by Bell Aliant, Telus, Eastlink and Rogers.

On Thursday, Houston said the companies should apologize.

“I would have at least liked to hear from the telecommunications companies that they can do better and they’re sorry,” he said. “But to hear them say that everything was just great, falls well short of my own personal experience and the experiences that Nova Scotians have relayed to me.”

In Charlottetown, King said he believes the telecommunications companies could have done a better job, but he did not elaborate.

“We’ve come to know that there are things we need to be better prepared for in the future,” the premier said. “I think the telcos have a role to play in that …. I’m not sure that as we try to get people back to some kind of normal life if now is the time to start throwing arrows and picking fights.”

In Ottawa, Defence Minister Anita Anand said there were 700 military members in Atlantic Canada helping to clear debris, reopen roads, check on residents and assess damage. Additional troops are on standby, along with some ships and aircraft, the minister added.

Federal Fisheries Minister Joyce Murray said 180 of the region’s 706 small-craft harbours were in the path of the storm, and she said the department knows of at least 99 harbours that are partially operational and five that are no longer functional. As well, Murray said work is underway in many harbours to remove dozens of sunken or grounded vessels.

“This is going to be a very costly venture,” Newfoundland MP Gudie Hutchings told a ministers briefing Thursday. “And we need to build back safer, stronger and better for our fishermen, for our farmers, for our communities and, most importantly, for our residents.”

Hutchings represents the area that includes Port aux Basques, N.L., where Fiona destroyed more than 70 homes, some of which were dragged out to sea by a record-breaking storm surge on Saturday morning. The storm claimed the life of a 73-year-old woman, who was swept out to sea when a wave flooded her home and tore apart her basement.

In Charlottetown, some streets remained closed Thursday because of hazardous debris, fallen power lines and damaged trees. Island residents were again asked to limit travel to essential trips.

In New Brunswick, the provincial government confirmed Thursday it had received 164 damage reports, most of them from an area extending from the Nova Scotia boundary, along the Northumberland Strait to the Acadian Peninsula.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 29, 2022.

 

Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press

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Hindutva fascism in Britain – People in Canada stand in solidarity with British South Asians against this menace

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Montreal, September 29, 2022. A number of South-Asian diaspora organizations across Canada stand in solidarity with British South Asians against Hindutva fascism.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and other Hindutva groups in Leicester, UK, are encouraging violent conflict within the South Asian community. Hundreds of masked men marched through a predominantly Muslim neighbourhood shouting the slogan “Jai Sri Ram”, used by Hindu supremacist mobs linked to the Narendra Modi government, which have repeatedly attacked Muslims in India. Many men were transported to Leicester from the nearby boroughs of Wembley, Harrow and elsewhere. Among the henchmen were far-right white fascists.Since 2014, Modi, who in 2002 as Chief Minister of Gujarat presided over the genocide of Muslims (women – some pregnant – children and men) is now the Prime Minister of India. After coming to power, Modi’s government has systematically suppressed political dissent and undermined India’s secular democracy. Journalists, professors, human rights activists, students, etc. have been silenced and imprisoned without trial.The events in Leicester are a manifestation of the growing brazenness of Modi’s supporters in the South Asian diaspora, which includes Canada, who assume that they can enjoy the same impunity as Modi and his Hindutva ideology counterparts in India.As people of South Asian origin, we express our solidarity with those who are being attacked and threatened in Britain, and we want to draw attention to how this scourge of Hindutva fascism is spreading its tentacles outside India.  We are very concerned about the spread of Hindu right wing extremism here. The Canadian government must take note of this hatred and condemn it.CERAS (Centre on South Asia), MontrealICWI-Canada (India Civil Watch International-Canada)SADAC (South Asian Diaspora Action Collective), MontrealSADAN (South Asian Dalit and Adivasi Network), CanadaSANSAD (South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy), Vancouver

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Foreign Affairs minister returns to U.S. capital to talk Ukraine with Blinken

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WASHINGTON — Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly is headed back to the U.S. capital to talk about Ukraine with Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

It will be the pair’s second meeting in just over a week, coming on the heels of the UN General Assembly in New York.

A news release says the two counterparts will also work on “shared priorities” under the bilateral agreement forged last year between Canada and the United States.

Shortly after President Joe Biden’s inauguration, he and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau agreed to the “Roadmap for a Renewed U.S.-Canada Partnership.”

That agreement, however, became largely sidelined, first by the COVID-19 pandemic and then Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

Joly is also planning to meet members of Congress and speak at the Atlantic Council think tank, where she’ll detail Canada’s efforts on Ukraine’s behalf.

“Our partnership endures because we invest in each other’s success and offer opportunities for people on both sides of the border,” Joly said in a statement.

“At a time when the rules that have kept the world at relative peace are being challenged, I look forward to engaging with the United States to continue our partnership in protecting human rights, combating global threats and advancing peace and security.”

Climate change is also likely to be a hot topic.

Canada has joined a U.S.-led initiative to boost ties with Pacific island nations, a group that includes the U.K., New Zealand, Germany, Australia and Japan.

On Wednesday, Blinken kicked off two days of meetings with Pacific leaders that will culminate today with Biden taking part. It wasn’t immediately clear if Joly would be part of those meetings.

“Building resilience is about more than equipping communities to adapt to the effects of the climate crisis, which for many of you is an existential threat,” Blinken said.

“It’s also about preparing communities to weather a wide range of interrelated shocks that we know have caused cascading effects.”

The interconnected crises of climate change, the lingering economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine, as well as their impact on the developing world, was a prominent theme of Trudeau’s UN visit last week.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 29, 2022.

 

James McCarten, The Canadian Press

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