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10 Cities You'll Have To Move To If You Want To Get Hired In Canada

If you want a job, you should probably leave Montreal and head to Canada's top performing labour market in... Guelph, Ontario?

Yeah, I'm as surprised as you, but Guelph is apparently the Canadian city when it comes to being employed, according to BMO's latest Regional Labour Market Report Card.

Using several indicators (job growth, population changes, unemployment rate, employment rate) the BMO study analyzed the labour markets of every Canadian province and their respective cities. And when it came to specific cities, Guelph, Ontario beat out all of the rest.

As a whole, Canada isn't doing so hot, with 7 out of 10 provinces reported to have experienced employment declines. Fortunately, Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick were able to pull more than their weight, creating an overall national employment increase.

But despite Quebec's overall employment gains as a province, its premiere city didn't do so hot. I'm of course talking about Montreal, but given the report's findings, we may want to change shift the "premiere" title to Quebec City.

Within the City Labour Market Performance Ranking section of BMO's report, Montreal took the lowly 27th spot, behind Toronto, Vancouver, and Ottawa, just to name a few. According to BMO's findings, Montreal experienced a small 0.9% population growth, and has a 60.7 employment rate offset by an 8.7% unemployment rate.

At least the city is consistent, as Montreal didn't move up or down in the nationwide rankings, already having received the 27th tier.

Fortunately, the province isn't all that doomed as a whole when it comes to the job market. Quebec City actually received third place in the overall rankings, with the City of Sherbrooke taking a spot in the top 15 cities.

To help you get a job, or simply to showcase how bad the job market really is in Montreal compared to other places, we've listed out the ten Canadian cities with the best labour markets according to BMO's report below, with Montreal tacked on at the end, of course.

1. Guelph, Ontario

  • Employment Rate: 72%
  • Unemployment Rate: 4.2%

2. Regina, Saskatoon

  • Employment Rate: 69.8%
  • Unemployment Rate: 4.1%

3. Quebec City, Quebec

  • Employment Rate: 66.3%
  • Unemployment Rate: 4.9%

4. Moncton, New Brunswick

  • Employment Rate: 63.9%
  • Unemployment Rate: 6.2%

5. Vancouver, British Columbia

  • Employment Rate: 62.3%
  • Unemployment Rate: 5.7%

6. Edmonton, Alberta

  • Employment Rate: 69.8%
  • Unemployment Rate: 6.2%

7. Toronto, Ontario

  • Employment Rate: 62.6%
  • Unemployment Rate: 7%

8. Kingston, Ontario

  • Employment Rate: 61%
  • Unemployment Rate: 6.5%

9. London, Ontario

  • Employment Rate: 60.3%
  • Unemployment Rate: 6.2%

10. Winnipeg, Manitoba

  • Employment Rate: 64.8%
  • Unemployment Rate: 6.1%

27. Montreal

  • Employment Rate: 60.6%
  • Unemployment Rate: 8.7%

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