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Why Aren’t Canadians Filling Job Openings?

Source: Erica Alini, globalnews.ca, September 03, 2021

Canada was already grappling with a labour shortage before the pandemic, says Pedro Antunes, chief economist at the Conference Board of Canada.

In June there were more than 800,000 jobs vacancies in Canada. And yet, Canada’s unemployment rate in July was still sitting at 7.5 per cent, significantly higher than before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both the Liberals and the Conservatives have pledged ramped-up support for businesses struggling to attract new hires. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau says his government, if re-elected, would extend the Canada Recovery Hiring Program to the end of March 2022 and give $3.2 billion to the provinces and territories to hire 7,500 new doctors, nurses, and nurse practitioners.

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