The bigger cities in Canada are doing a fine job of attracting new jobs and new businesses. However, it is the smaller cities that are outdoing when it comes to finding a job.
Are you interested in working in Canada? If you are an aspiring or a new immigrant in Canada, you would definitely want to move to a city where you can find a job easily.
Here are the best cities in Canada to find a job:
Unemployment rate: 2.3%
Job growth: 0.8%
The manufacturing sector has become very strong in Guelph in recent years. There has been an influx of new residents as most people from Toronto move here looking for affordable housing. This influx has put the economy of Guelph in overdrive. The city has an unemployment rate of 2.3% which is one of the lowest in Canada.
Unemployment rate: 5.6%
Job growth: 5.4%
Despite the oil and gas sector weakening a bit, the manufacturing sector in the city has been growing steadily. Plus, there has been significant growth in the population of the city. Saskatoon added 5.4% new jobs in 2019.
Kelowna, British Columbia
Unemployment rate: 3.3%
Job growth: 0.4%
Kelowna has immensely benefitted from the spread of wealth from Vancouver. A booming technology sector has helped boost Kelowna’s economy which has grown at a rate of 15% over recent years.
Unemployment rate: 5.1%
Job growth: 4.8%
Kitchener-Waterloo has become one of the most important tech hubs in Canada in the last few years. However, that is not all that has boosted the economy of the city. It has also become a very popular destination among Toronto residents who are looking for affordable housing.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Unemployment rate: 5.7%
Job growth: 5.1%
Shipbuilding contracts for the Canadian Navy have been a big boost to the Halifax economy. It is also slowly becoming a major hub for tech companies and start-ups. More immigrants are now moving to Halifax due to its affordable living costs and its closeness to the sea. Also, Halifax does not have traffic jams that often bother big city dwellers.
Abbotsford, British Columbia
Unemployment rate: 4.5%
Job growth: 4.3%
Even though Abbotsford is like an exurb of British Columbia, it has an economy of its own. It commands a significant presence in aerospace, lumber and the film and TV industry. It has also largely benefited from a housing boom with more people moving to the city looking for affordable housing.
Unemployment rate: 5.2%
Job growth: 7.8%
Besides its large manufacturing sector, the major employers in Peterborough are its education and healthcare institutions. Tourism also is a major contributor to the economy of Peterborough. The city is slowly turning into a popular suburb of Greater Toronto with most residents moving there due to affordable housing.
Unemployment rate: 6.3%
Job growth: 3.6%
The job market in Edmonton has outdone Calgary in recent times. The main reason is that Edmonton’s economy is not as heavily reliant on oil as Calgary’s. The biggest employers in this city are education, healthcare and public administration.
Unemployment rate: 5.8%
Job growth: 4.9%
The city may have lost the General Motors assembly plant but it has not severely dented the economy. The reason is that the city now has 3 higher educational institutions and a wide network of healthcare facilities. It also has a construction industry that is currently booming.
Unemployment rate: 5%
Job growth: 3.2%
London is transitioning from a manufacturing-based economy to a high-tech one. However, the city still has big automobile plants and other factories. The construction industry has also been doing exceedingly well in the city.
If you are a new immigrant in Canada, you must consider doing your job search in these cities. For those who are still thinking about applying for the Canada PR Visa process, you may consider applying for the Express Entry Program or the Provincial Nominee Programs of Canada.
The Express Entry system used the Comprehensive Ranking System to assign you a score based on features like your age, education, work experience, and language skills. The higher your CRS score, the higher the chance of you getting shortlisted for an invitation for the Canada PR Visa. Do you know what your CRS score is? You should use a CRS calculator to find out.
Those of you who do not have a high CRS score must consider applying for a PNP. A provincial nomination can boost your CRS score by 600 points, guaranteeing you an ITA for the Canada PR Visa.