It’s no secret that the Canadian economy is currently going through a boom period for jobs. The unemployment rate has been at historic lows for much of the year. According to the latest Regional Labour Market Report Card from BMO, employment rose nationwide by 132,000 new jobs in the second quarter of 2019. This marks the second strongest period of employment growth since the end of the recession in 2010.
While traditionally, the country has often seen pockets of high unemployment scattered around regions of greater prosperity, the more recent job creation has been fairly strong across Canada.
Robert Kavcic, BMO’s senior economist puts it this way, “Regionally, job gains remain relatively widespread, with all but Manitoba seeing growth from a year ago in June. And, the spread between provincial jobless rates remains historically tight, suggesting more uniform conditions than we’ve been used to.”
Interestingly, the regions that top the list of best job markets in Canada right now tend to be the smaller cities and towns. Toronto, Montreal, and Calgary all fail to crack the top 10.
The only city in Atlantic Canada among the top 10 is Halifax, coming in at number eight nationwide. [See jobs in Halifax on CareerBeacon.]
The top ten cities and towns for employment in Canada right now
10. Winnipeg, MB [See jobs]
9. Kingston, ON [See jobs]
8. Halifax, NS [See jobs]
7. Kelowna, BC [See jobs]
6. Vancouver, BC [See jobs]
5. Guelph, ON [See jobs]
4. Regina, SK [See jobs]
3. Quebec City, QC [See jobs]
2. Kitchener, ON [See jobs]
1. Brantford, ON [See jobs]
You can view the full Regional Labour Market Report Card from BMO here.