Canada’s Most Advertised Occupations by Province

In March, Statistics Canada's Labor Force Survey reported that the unemployment rate increased in all provinces except 2, Ontario and Nova Scotia. Ontario's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.7% and Nova Scotia was the only province to actually add jobs in March, up 2,900. With this in mind, we wondered what hiring looked like in each Canadian province during March. Of the provinces with the most job ads posted online, Ontario saw the biggest decline in hiring demand, down 14% when comparing March 2013 to March 2012. Quebec saw the largest increase in job ad volume, rising 7% year-over-year. Below, we listed the most commonly advertised occupations starting with provinces with the highest demand.

Most Commonly Advertised Occupations by Province

1. Ontario
  • Babysitters, Nannies, and Parents' Helpers
  • Sales Representatives, Wholesale Trade (Non-Technical)
  • Truck Drivers
  • Cooks
  • Sales, Marketing, and Advertising Managers
6. Manitoba
  • Truck Drivers
  • Sales Representatives, Wholesale Trade (Non-Technical)
  • Cooks
  • Receptionists and Switchboard Operators
  • Supervisors, Motor Transport, and Other Ground Transit Operators
2. Alberta
  • Babysitters, Nannies and Parents' Helpers
  • Food Counter Attendants, Kitchen Helpers and Related Occupations
  • Cooks
  • Truck Drivers
  • Sales Representatives, Wholesale Trade (Non-Technical)
7. Nova Scotia
  • Babysitters, Nannies, and Parents' Helpers
  • Cooks
  • Sales Representatives - Wholesale Trade (Non-Technical)
  • Truck Drivers
  • Retail Salespersons and Sales Clerks
3. Quebec
  • Retail Salesperson and Sales Clerks
  • Cooks
  • Computer Network Technicians
  • General Office Clerks
  • Sales, Marketing and Advertising Managers
8. New Brunswick
  • Babysitters, Nannies, and Parents' Helpers
  • Truck Drivers
  • Sales Representatives - Wholesale Trade (Non-Technical)
  • Retail Salesperson and Sales Clerks
  • Cooks
4. British Columbia
  • Cooks
  • Sales Representatives - Wholesale Trade (Non-Technical)
  • Babysitters, Nannies, and Parents' Helpers
  • Sales Marketing and Advertising Managers
  • Technical Sales Specialists - Wholesale Trade
9. Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Babysitters, Nannies, and Parents' Helpers
  • Sales Representatives - Wholesale Trade (Non-Technical)
  • Visiting Housemakers, Housekeepers, and Related Occupations
  • Retail Salespersons and Sales Clerks
  • Cooks
5. Saskatchewan
  • Truck Drivers
  • Cooks
  • Sales Representatives, Wholesale Trade (Non-Technical)
  • Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
  • Babysitters, Nannies, and Parents' Helpers
10. Prince Edward Island
  • Cooks
  • Found Counter Attendants, Kitchen Helpers and Related Occupations
  • Sales Representatives - Wholesale Trade (Non-Technical)
  • Retail Salesperson and Sales Clerks
  • Babysitters, Nannies, and Parents' Helpers
Although demand for this occupation decreased 12% in the past year, Babysitters, Nannies, and Parents' Helpers had the most job ad volume among these provinces. Cooks were the second most in-demand occupation and it appeared among the top 5 jobs in each province. Despite only appearing on some lists, demand for Sales, Marketing, and Advertising Managers increased the most in the past year out of the positions listed above. Next to Cooks and Babysitters, Nannies, and Parents' Helpers, Sales Representatives and Truck Drivers appeared most often. Food Counter Attendants, Kitchen Helpers and Related Occupations only appeared in Alberta and Prince Edward Island. Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics was unique in Saskatchewan. Technical Sales Specialists - Wholesale Trade was only among the most advertised occupations in British Columbia. Visiting Housemakers, Housekeepers, and Related Occupations was distinctive in only Newfoundland and Labrador.

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