The Canadian Provinces Where You're Most Likely To Find A Job

If you’re sorely in need of a job, you may want to move to British Columbia, the province that needs skilled workers the most, a report delving in Canadian private sector job vacancies suggests. 

Canada is facing a labour shortage, says the quarterly report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). 

About 361,700 positions are currently unfilled in Canada, the highest number ever recorded in the private sector. The labour shortage  is due to a general lack of skilled workers and Canada’s ever-growing economy, says the report. 

Certain provinces are feeling the need for skilled workers more than others. British Columbia, for example, tops the charts for job vacancy at 3.4% and has 60,000 unfilled positions. 

The industries most in need of skilled workers are retail (50,000 vacant jobs), hospitality (45,900), and construction (38,000). So if you have experience in any of these fields, finding a job in Canada, no matter what province you’re in, shouldn’t be too difficult. 

But which provinces will you almost definitely find a job? And which ones should you avoid, since there aren’t too many open positions available? 

Check out our by-province breakdown below to find out. 

British Columbia

  • Vacancy Rate: 3.4%
  • Number of vacant jobs: 60,000


  • Vacancy Rate: 2.2%
  • Number of vacant jobs: 33,900


  • Vacancy Rate: 2.4%
  • Number of vacant jobs: 8,200


  • Vacancy Rate: 2.1%
  • Number of vacant jobs: 9,400


  • Vacancy Rate: 3.0%
  • Number of vacant jobs: 149,600


  • Vacancy Rate: 3.1%
  • Number of vacant jobs: 85,000

New Brunswick

  • Vacancy Rate: 2.5%
  • Number of vacant jobs: 5,700

Newfoundland & Labrador

  • Vacancy Rate: 1.9%
  • Number of vacant jobs: 2,800

Nova Scotia

  • Vacancy Rate: 2.1%
  • Number of vacant jobs: 6,100


  • Vacancy Rate: 2.1%
  • Number of vacant jobs: 6,100