job vacancies increased in Ontario and Saskatchewan

Ontario and Saskatchewan saw an increase in job vacancies

The latest survey of ‘Employment, Payrolls and Hours’ published by Statistics Canada, revealed that, across all sectors, the number of job vacancies was up by 3.8% in September, to 994,800 vacant positions within Canada. During that month, job vacancies increased in Ontario (+7.4% to 375,700) and Saskatchewan (+12.2% to 26,700). Other provinces reported decreases or little change.

Let’s explore the job vacancy rate and the sectors with the most job vacancies in September.

The job vacancy rate in September

The job vacancy rate, which corresponds to the total number of vacant positions as a proportion of labour demand, was 5.7% in September. This percentage is up from 5.4% in August, but down from 5.9% in September 2021.

According to Statistics Canada, seasonal factors tend to make September a month for large vacancies. “Job vacancies typically peak in September,” said the national statistics office. However, when adjusting for seasonal variations, the number of job vacancies levelled off in September, following three consecutive monthly decreases.

The sectors with the most job vacancies in Canada

Accommodation and Food Services

In accommodation and food services, employers were actively seeking to fill 152,400 vacant positions in September. This is up 12.0% in vacant positions (+16,400) from the previous month. Despite that most of this increase was predominately due to seasonal variations, vacancies and employment in the sector have remained high all year.


In September, job vacancies also rose 14.0% (+11,500) to 93,900 vacant positions in construction. Similar to accommodation and food services, the increase largely reflected seasonal effects. Compared with September 2021, job vacancies in construction were up 14.9% (+12,200). Moreover, the job vacancy rate was 7.4% in September 2022, up from 6.8% in September 2021.

Health care and social assistance

Employers in health care and social assistance were seeking to fill 159,500 vacant positions in September. Compared with September 2021, job vacancies were up 25.8% (+32,800), the largest year-over-year increase in job vacancies of any sector.

In the second quarter of 2022:

  • 27.2% of vacancies in the health care and social assistance sector was in hospitals,
  • 26.8% was in nursing and residential care facilities, and
  • 24.5% was in ambulatory health care services.

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