First up the good news in that Statistics Canada showed that the country added nearly sixty thousand positions last month, mostly full-time, private sector jobs (May’s Labour Force Survey).

According to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey for Q3 of 2015, we can expect to see these gains in employment continue. The survey of over 1,900 employers across Canada reveals that 20% plan to increase their staffing levels in the third quarter of 2015. (74% say that they plan to maintain their current staff levels, and just 5% are expecting job cuts).

While Ontario was the big winner for jobs in May’s Labour Force Survey, the Manpower report predicts the employment momentum to continue to move eastward with Quebec and Atlantic Canada seeing the most robust hiring in the coming months.

Fewer employers in Ontario and Western Canada are anticipating growth, with just 8% or 7% respectively saying that they plan to hire in early 2015. Jobseekers in Quebec should expect a modest hiring climate, with just 6% of employers planning to staff up.

Some of this regional shift in hiring continues to be as a result of falling oil prices. The oil producing provinces, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland and Labrador saw increases in unemployment last month, while the rest of the country experienced job gains.

However, according to Manpower, the cities expecting the least hiring gains in the coming months are all in Southern Ontario…and THREE of them are here in Niagara.

Canadian regions with the slowest hiring climates for Q3 2015


  • London, ON
  • Northumberland, ON
  • Fort Erie, ON
  • Niagara Falls, ON
  • St. Catharines, ON
  • Burlington/Oakville, ON

Canadian cities expecting the most hiring in Q3 2015


  • Fredericton, NB
  • Quebec City, QC
  • York Region, ON
  • Richmond-Delta, BC
  • Durham Region, ON
  • Cape Breton, NS

The Manpower report also broke down the hiring intentions of Canadian firms by sector. Employers in Finance, Insurance and Real Estate are expecting the most hiring, and Manufacturing – Non-Durables and Mining are projecting the least.

Sectors anticipating the most hiring

  • Finance, Insurance & Real Estate sector
  • Transportation & Public Utilities
  • Services

 Sectors with the lowest projected hiring

  • Manufacturing − Non-Durables sector
  • Mining sector
  • Education


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