If you've ever wondered why it's so hard to find a job in your city, perhaps it's because you're living one of the worst cities to find a job in Canada. On the other hand, if you're ready to expand your horizons, you can now find out if your city is a hotbed for jobs, or if you'd be better off moving to start your new career path.

The Bank of Montreal puts out an annual Regional Labour Market Report Card that indicates the climate of employment in 33 Canadian cities. The data they've compiled considers the changes to the employment market throughout 2018, to give us some insight into how different cities compare when it comes to jobs.

So where are the best cities to find a job, and where are the worst? Take a look at the two lists below.

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TL;DR These are the best and worst cities to find a job in Canada based on BMO's Regional Labour Market Report Card. The Report Card considers and weighs year-over-year employment and unemployment rates alongside population.

These lists are compiled top-down, meaning the Best City is indicated as #1 on its list, and the Worst City will also be found at #1 on its respective list.

The Best Cities To Find A Job In Canada


10. London, Ontario

Unemployment rate: 5.0%

Year-over-year employment growth:  3.2%

9. Oshawa, Ontario

Unemployment rate: 5.8%

Year-over-year employment growth: 4.9%

8. Edmonton, Alberta

Unemployment rate: 6.3%

Year-over-year employment growth: 3.6%

7. Peterborough, Ontario

Unemployment rate: 5.2%

Year-over-year employment growth: 7.8%

6. Abbotsford, British Columbia

Unemployment rate: 4.5%

Year-over-year employment growth: 4.3%

5. Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Unemployment rate: 5.7%

Year-over-year employment growth: 5.1%

4. Kitchener, Ontario

Unemployment rate: 5.1%

Year-over-year employment growth: 4.8%

3. Kelowna, British Columbia

Unemployment rate: 3.3%

Year-over-year employment growth: 0.4%

2. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Unemployment rate: 5.6%

Year-over-year employment growth: 5.4%

1. Guelph, Ontario

Unemployment rate: 2.3%

Year-over-year employment growth: 0.8%

The Worst Cities To Find A Job In Canada


10. Sudbury, Ontario

Unemployment rate: 6.3%

Year-over-year employment growth: 2.5%

9. Saint John, New Brunswick

Unemployment rate: 6.3%

Year-over-year employment growth: 2.2%

8. Regina, Saskatchewan

Unemployment rate: 5.9%

Year-over-year employment growth: -1.3%

7. St. John's, Newfoundland

Unemployment rate: 7.5%

Year-over-year employment growth: 1.7%

6. St. Catherine's, Ontario

Unemployment rate: 6.9%

Year-over-year employment growth: 1.7%

5. Sherbrooke, Quebec

Unemployment rate: 5.5%

Year-over-year employment growth: -2.4%

4. Kingston, Ontario

Unemployment rate: 5.9%

Year-over-year employment growth: -3.6%

3. Trois-Rivieres, Quebec

Unemployment rate: 5.3%

Year-over-year employment growth: -1.1%

2. Saguenay, Quebec

Unemployment rate: 5.1%

Year-over-year employment growth: -2.4%

1. Brantford, Ontario

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Unemployment rate: 6.4%

Year-over-year employment growth: -5.5%


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