Canada Posts Record High Construction Job Opening During Q1 of 2022

According to Statistics Canada (StatsCan) Canadian employers in the construction sector were actively trying to fill 81,500 vacant positions in Q1 of 2022. This is a seasonally adjusted increase of more than 7% or 5,400 positions from Q4 of 2021 and more than twice the number (38,800) reported in Q1 of 2020.

According to the report the construction labor shortfall is wide spread across many occupations, with carpenters, construction trade helpers and laborers representing more than 15,000 more opening in Q1 of 2022, than Q1 of 2020.

In the wider job market, vacancies climbed to 957,500 overall in Q1 of 2022, the highest quarterly number on record. As employers continued to face an increasingly tight labor pool, vacancies were up 2.7% from the previous peak observed in Q4 of 2021, and up 72.3% from Q1 of 2020.

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