Canada’s best cities and towns for finding a job right now

In the Bank of Montreal’s latest labour market report, Halifax comes in as the top city in Atlantic Canada for finding a job in early 2021 – and is ranked third in the country overall. This regular update from BMO rates cities across the country from best to worst for employment opportunities.

See current job opportunities in Halifax.

The most robust labour markets tend to be in the smaller cities right now, with none of the largest urban centres cracking the top ten. BMO concludes that hiring in the big cities has slumped more than in the smaller cities, likely as result of higher job concentrations in restaurants, bars, tourism, and personal services. All of these sectors have been hit the hardest by COVID and the resulting lockdowns.

Canada’s Top 10 Labour Markets

1. Kelowna, BC

2. Guelph, ON

3. Halifax, NS

4. Quebec, QC

5. Regina, SK

6. Oshawa, ON

7. Kingston, ON

8. Sherbrooke, QC

9. Trois Rivieres, QC

10. Saguenay, QC

Moncton just misses the top 10 list of cities for jobs right now, coming in at number 12 out of 33 ranked. See jobs available now in Moncton on CareerBeacon.

While St. John’s ranks 20th overall among the cities rated by BMO, the report indicates that employment levels for the province of Newfoundland have returned to their February 2020 – or pre-COVID-19 – levels. See hundreds of jobs in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Similarly, while St. John, NB comes in fairly low on the list – rating 29th out of 33 cities compared – recent data from Stats Can has found that the employment in the province of New Brunswick is back to where it was before the pandemic. Browse current job openings in New Brunswick.

See the full Labour Market Report Card from the Bank of Montreal.

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