Vancouver is Canada’s hottest major city for jobs: report

Vancouver has 2.82 available jobs for every 1,000 people, according to a new report | Photo: Joseph Hanus, Shutterstock

Vancouver is tops when it comes to job markets in the country’s major cities – defined as those with populations over 250,000 – according to an Express Employment Professionals report released August 30.

For every 1,000 people in the city, there are 2.82 jobs currently available, according to the report. Vancouver is followed by Laval (2.71), Edmonton (2.7), Montreal (2.64) and Gatineau (2.52).

When municipalities of all sizes are considered, Victoria, with a population of around 85,000, is the hottest spot in the province, with 4.71 jobs per 1,000 people. North Vancouver (2.97) also scores higher than Vancouver.

Across B.C. as a whole, there are 2.07 jobs available per 1,000 people. Retail sales jobs are the most advertised occupations, followed by banking, insurance and other financial clerks, cashiers, grocery clerks and carpenters.

On a province-by-province basis, Quebec has the strongest job market in the country (4.45 jobs per 1,000 people). The municipality with the most jobs is Saint-Hyacinthe, with 11.35 jobs per 1,000.

Express Employment compiles its annual report by looking at the number of available jobs on Canada’s Job Bank.