What they face is very different from the pre-pandemic labour market, says Carolyn Levy of Randstad Canada.
At the beginning of the year, the country’s unemployment rate was hovering around 5.5 per cent, close to a record low. That was after the jobless rate had kept firmly under six per cent for all of 2019.
“It was a job-seekers’ market for a couple of years,” Levy says.
Now things have “really changed,” she adds.
Unemployment stood at an all-time high of 13.7 per cent in May, according to the latest available data from Statistics Canada. And that figure doesn’t come close to capturing the full impact of the pandemic on the labour market, economists warn.
University of Calgary professor Trevor Tombe, for example, put the effective jobless rate in May at 27.6 per cent, an estimate that accounts for those who were formally employed but working zero hours and unemployed people who weren’t actively looking for a job.
But the May labour market report also showed a gain of nearly 290,000 jobs, as businesses gradually reopened across Canada.
Indeed Canada said the trend in total job postings on its site was 41 per cent below last year’s pace as of June 12 compared to 43 per cent below year-ago levels the previous week and 48 per cent the previous month.
While hiring remains “subdued,” the rebound has started, with the pace of the recovery in total postings improving especially since mid-May, according to Indeed economist Brendon Bernard.
But some sectors are bouncing back faster than others.
Confidence among workers and jobseekers in manufacturing and construction, for example, has “really taken off,” as factories and building sites begin to reopen across the country, says LinkedIn news editor Riva Gold.
Meanwhile, the demand for front-line workers in both the health-care and retail sectors is likely to remain elevated for as long as parts of the economy remain in lockdown, Gold says.
Parts of the retail industry have been devastated by the effects of the health emergency. But large retailers like Save-On-Foods, Walmart Canada and Dollarama announced plans to ramp up hiring in the early stages of the pandemic in order to meet a surge in demand for consumers stocking up on food, toilet paper and other essentials.
Dollarama says it has hired “thousands of employees” since the beginning of the pandemic and is still adding jobs. “We continue to hire across Canada in the normal course of business and as our store network grows,” the company said in a statement to Global News.
Metro is also still taking on new recruits, with an emphasis on roles that are necessary to serve customers in stores and pharmacies, according to the company’s website.
Cleaners are another category for which the pandemic has created an increased need, says Randstad’s Levy.
In addition to stores and pharmacies, gyms are among the businesses growing their cleaning staff, Levy says. And those tend to be permanent positions, reflecting employers’ uncertainty about how long the current situation will last, she adds.
Also in high demand are those working in customer support, according to Randstad.
“Trust is a big issue,” when consumers are buying remotely, Levy says.
Online business has fuelled the need for more people answering phones, emails and social media queries to make sure that customers feel “heard and supported,” she adds.
The e-commerce surge tied to the pandemic has pushed online sales to a record-high of nearly 10 per cent of the total retail market, according to Statistics Canada.
This is also creating new demand for warehouse support and drivers, according to Levy.
Job postings for loading and stocking roles such as forklift operator and positions in shipping and receiving have seen an uptick in recent weeks, Bernard says.
And more business moving online as storefronts closed likely also created a need for tech upgrades and the software developers able to implement them, Bernard says.
In general, the IT services sector has withstood the slump well, data shows.
Worker sentiment in the industry has remained at “fairly steady, high levels” throughout the pandemic both in terms of job security and career outlook, according to LinkedIn’s Gold.
“There is still a talent shortage in that space,” Levy says.
Tech companies have continued to hire throughout the lockdown.
Video game developer Ubisoft, for example, has more than 100 openings in Montreal.
And workplace messaging platform Slack told Global News it’s currently looking to fill 11 positions for its Toronto and Vancouver offices, although it recently announced most employees will have the option to work remotely on a permanent basis, if they wish.
While the company said the pandemic hasn’t changed its short-term hiring plans in Canada, there’s little doubt the future looks bright from where Slack is sitting.
The company saw 50 per cent revenue growth year-over-year for the quarter ended April 30 as the shift to remote work increased demand for online platforms that enable employees to stay connected and work in teams.
Slack co-founder and CEO Stewart Butterfield has called the results “phenomenal.”
“We believe the long-term impact the three months and counting of working from home will have on the way we work is of generational magnitude,” he added.
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Canada's GDP grew by 3% in July as more sectors reopened – CBC.ca
Canada’s economy continued its recovery in July from the first wave of COVID-19, with the country’s gross domestic product expanding by three per cent.
Statistics Canada reported Wednesday that all 20 sectors of the economy grew as businesses continued to reopen and tried to get back to some sense of normal after lockdowns in March and April.
Output in agriculture, utilities, finance and insurance businesses, as well as real estate rental and leasing companies, clawed back to where it was before the pandemic struck. Retail trade businesses accomplished the same feat the month before, in June. But despite July’s growth, all other types of businesses still have yet to get back to their previous highs.
The biggest expansions in the month were in hotels/restaurants (up 20.1) and arts/entertainment/recreation (up 14 per cent), but those figures come off a very low base and are still facing the deepest slump versus year-ago levels, Bank of Montreal economist Benjamin Reitzes said of the numbers.
All in all, GDP was six per cent below February’s level, Statistics Canada said.
The three per cent gain was in line with what economists had been expecting. It was about half as much as the 6.5 per cent increase seen in June.
While StatsCan is still calculating the final numbers, its early projection for August shows an expansion of just one per cent, which suggests that Canada’s economic recovery is running out of steam as it appears a second wave of the virus is hitting some parts of the country.
TD Bank economist Sri Thanabalasingam said based on the July numbers, those fears are well founded.
“Slowing and uneven growth are indications that the Canadian economy is transitioning from the rebound phase to a more challenging stage of the recovery,” he said.
“Even without restrictions, consumers and businesses may rein in spending activity in response to rising caseloads. The second wave is now upon us, and the course of the recovery will depend on our success in containing it.”
Canada reports 1,657 new coronavirus cases, 13 new deaths on Tuesday – Global News
A new set of restrictions are in store for the Montreal, Quebec City and Chaudière-Appalaches regions to stem the tide of COVID-19.
Those three areas are officially in a red zone, the province’s highest alert level for the health crisis, starting Thursday.
Here is a guide to the tightened measures and partial lockdown aimed at limiting the second wave of the novel coronavirus.
How long is the partial lockdown?
Quebec has placed those three regions in its highest alert level for nearly a month.
The new rules are set to last Oct. 1-28 — if all goes well. Premier François says he hopes to lift restrictions if the situation improves, but can’t make false promises.
What’s closed in red zones?
Bars, theatres, cinemas, casinos, museums and libraries are closed for at least four weeks starting Thursday.
Dining rooms in restaurants have also been ordered to shut down, but takeout and delivery are permitted.
Schools and daycares remain open, but the sanitary rules put in place are still in effect.
Gyms, retail stores, hair salons and other beauty care businesses remain open.
Private professional health services are allowed to operate, but only for services that require the patient to be physically there.
Places of worship are allowed to accommodate a maximum of 25 people and must keep a register.
Community organizations are also permitted to stay open.
Can I have someone over to my house?
The short answer is no. Quebecers who lived in designated red zones are prohibited from inviting others to their homes.
There are a few exceptions, however. The government says informal caregivers, individuals offering support or labour for planned work are permitted.
People who live alone are also allowed to welcome one other individual into their residences.
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Can I visit loved ones in long-term care homes?
Visits are limited in long-term care homes and private seniors’ residences located in red zones.
The goal is to keep the health crisis from sweeping through those facilities like it did during the deadly first wave.
The province says visits for humanitarian purposes are allowed. Informal caregivers are allowed to visit the elderly, but it’s limited to one person at a time and a maximum of two people per day.
Are private gatherings okay?
Private gatherings are not allowed in red zones.
Are gatherings in public places permitted?
Social gatherings in public places are also prohibited.
There are two exceptions: gatherings are allowed at funerals and places of worship. There is a maximum of 25 people allowed and a register of everyone attending must be maintained.
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante, for instance, has urged all city dwellers to steer clear of socializing in parks.
What about protests?
The province says protests or rallies are permitted, but all attendees must wear a mask to curb the spread of the virus.
Can I travel to other parts of Quebec?
Quebecers in red zones are asked not to travel to regions that aren’t as hard hit by the health crisis.
There is no ban, but the province says people should avoid heading to designated green, yellow and orange zones.
Essential travel such as for work and freight transportation is allowed.
Can I go to Ontario or elsewhere in Canada?
It is strongly advised that people in Montreal, Quebec City and Chaudière-Appalaches do not travel outside of the province.
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Passengers at 11 more Canadian airports face mandatory temperature checks – CTV News
Transport Canada is expanding mandatory temperature screening to all passengers in 11 additional airports across the country.
The department announced on Tuesday that temperature screening has begun at airports in St. John’s, N.L. Halifax, Quebec City, Ottawa, Toronto (Billy Bishop), Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Kelowna, B.C. and Victoria.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, Canadians have come together, made sacrifices, and done their part to help limit the spread of the virus,” Transport Minister Marc Garneau said in a news release.
“Our government has expanded temperature screenings to major airports across the country to support these efforts and as another measure in our multi-layered approach to help protect the safety of the travelling public and air industry workers.”
This is an expansion of the temperature screening program that began on June 30 at four of Canada’s busiest airports: Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto (Pearson).
Any passenger found to have an elevated temperature without a medical certificate with a reason for this elevation will not be allowed to continue their travel and will be told to book another flight at least 14 days later.
All employees who work within the restricted area of an airport will also be subject to temperature screening.
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