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Find Jobs Online: How Many of Canada’s Jobs Are Posted Online?

True or False: Most jobs in Canada are not posted online.

Answer: False.

Without a doubt, Statistics Canada data shows that most jobs in Ontario and BC are in fact posted online. And where jobs are posted, of course, has implications for how to search for them as well as how to develop strategies for meeting existing and future demands for labour in your community.

Here’s a breakdown of just how much employers are relying on online forums for labour recruitment and what this trend means for workforce development professionals.

What StatsCan Says: Find Jobs Online

Statistics Canada’s Job Vacancy and Wage Survey (JVWS) tracks job vacancies and sorts by recruitment strategy. Therefore, JVWS allows us to say with certainty what percentage of all jobs are advertised online. Here’s what the most recent JVWS survey found:

In Ontario:

  • 78% of all job vacancies are advertised on the corporate website, and
  • 76% of all vacancies are advertised through job boards

In BC:

  • 64% of all job vacancies are advertised on the corporate website, and
  • 76% of all job vacancies are advertised through job boards

Based on these statistics, it is clear that more than three-quarters of all job vacancies in BC and Ontario are advertised online as compared to other advertising, such as print media.

The JVWS breakdown goes even further with specific data for Trades and Transportation jobs:

  • In Ontario 42% of all Trades and Transportation jobs (NOC 7) are advertised on the corporate website, but 73% are advertised through job boards;
  • In BC, 40% of all Trades and Transportation jobs (NOC 7) are advertised on the corporate website, but 72% are advertised through job boards.

In other words, the best place to find job information for Trades and Transportation industries is online.

To create a strategic workforce development plan for your community, you need to find a tool that collates, analyzes and presents data from online job sources in the most reliable, timely, and effective way.

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Find Jobs Online With Real-Time Labour Reports

MDB Insight and Vicinity Jobs’ Regional Labour Demand and Supply Reporting SystemsTM scour the internet to provide real-time jobs reports that give region-specific insight into:

  • regional hiring trends
  • skills of people looking for jobs
  • where pockets of skilled labour exist relative to your community
  • what skills employers in your community are looking for

With this information you will be able to develop a more effective workforce development strategy that aligns employers, workers, and education stakeholders in your community.

As the data for Ontario and BC show, it is a myth that most jobs are not advertised online.

Find jobs online with Regional Labour Demand and Supply ReportsTM and get the insight you need to create effective strategies for keeping your community competitive.

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