The Canadian economy shed 207 thousand jobs in April of 2021, more than market expectations of a 175 thousand contraction and retreated from a two-month cumulative gain of 562 thousand jobs. The drop was almost as large as in January of 2021, as pandemic restrictions were tightened across several provinces, including a lockdown in Ontario. Both full-time (-129,000; -0.8%) and part-time (-78,000; -2.3%) employment fell. The most impacted industries were retail trade (-84,000; -3.8%); accommodation and food services (-59,000; -6.4%); and information, culture and recreation (-26,000; -3.6%). Labor market dynamics differed between provinces, with more jobs being lost in Ontario (-153,000; -2.1%) and British Columbia (-43,000; -1.6%), while Quebec was unchanged and Saskatchewan saw jobs rise (+9,500; +1.7%). Virtually all jobs erased in April were among private sector employees (-204,000; -1.7%), while self-employment continued to rise (+9,700; +0.4%). source: Statistics Canada

Employment Change in Canada averaged 16.70 Thousand from 1976 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 952.90 Thousand in June of 2020 and a record low of -1993.80 Thousand in April of 2020. This page provides the latest reported value for - Canada Employment Change - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Canada Employment Change - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on May of 2021.

Employment Change in Canada is expected to be 50.00 Thousand by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Employment Change in Canada to stand at 70.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Canada Employment Change is projected to trend around 23.00 Thousand in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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Canada Employment Change

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-207.10 303.10 952.90 -1993.80 1976 - 2021 Thousand Monthly
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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-02-05 01:30 PM Jan -212.8K -52.7K -47.5K -35K
2021-03-12 01:30 PM Feb 259.2K -212.8K 75K 50K
2021-04-09 12:30 PM Mar 303.1K 259.2K 100K 85K
2021-05-07 12:30 PM Apr -207.1K 303.1K -175K -210K
2021-06-04 12:30 PM May -207.1K 200K
2021-07-09 12:30 PM Jun
2021-08-06 12:30 PM Jul
2021-09-10 12:30 PM Aug


News Stream
Canadian Economy Sheds More Jobs than Expected
The Canadian economy shed 207 thousand jobs in April of 2021, more than market expectations of a 175 thousand contraction and pausing a two-month cumulative growth in employment. The drop was almost as large as in January of 2021, as pandemic restrictions were tightened across several provinces, including a lockdown in Ontario. Both full-time (-129,000; -0.8%) and part-time (-78,000; -2.3%) employment fell. The most impacted industries were retail trade (-84,000; -3.8%); accommodation and food services (-59,000; -6.4%); and information, culture and recreation (-26,000; -3.6%). Labor market dynamics differed between provinces, with more jobs being lost in Ontario (-153,000; -2.1%) and British Columbia (-43,000; -1.6%), while Quebec was unchanged and Saskatchewan saw jobs rise (+9,500; +1.7%). Virtually all jobs erased in April were among private sector employees (-204,000; -1.7%), while self-employment continued to rise (+9,700; +0.4%).
2021-05-07
Canadian Economy Adds More Jobs than Expected
The Canadian economy created 303 thousand jobs in March of 2021, above market expectations of a 100 thousand rise, bringing employment to within 1.5% of its pre-COVID February 2020 level. Both full-time (+175,000; +1.2%) and part-time (+128,000; +3.9%) employment increased. Self-employment rose for the first time in three months, up 56,000 (+2.1%), but remained 5.4% (-156,000) below its pre-COVID February 2020 level. Employment in retail trade rose by 95,000 (+4.5%) in March, fully recouping the remainder of the losses sustained in January. The number of people working in information, culture and recreation also went up (+62,000; +9.4%) for the first time since September. There were 21,000 (+2.4%) more people working in accommodation and food services. Employment increased in most provinces, namely Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia.
2021-04-09
Canadian Economy Adds More Jobs than Expected
The Canadian economy created 259 thousand jobs in February of 2021, above market expectations of a 75 thousand rise and after falling by 266 thousand over the previous two months. Both part-time (+171,000; +5.4%) and full-time (+88,000; +0.6%) work increased. The number of people working in retail trade increased by 122,000 (+6.1%) in February as restrictions on non-essential stores were lifted in many regions. Employment in the accommodation and food services industry rose by 65,000 (+7.8%), driven primarily by Ontario and Alberta. Employment increased in both Quebec (+113,000; +2.7%) and Ontario (+100,000; +1.4%), coinciding with the easing of public health restrictions in most areas of both provinces. Employment also increased in British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba, while it declined in Newfoundland and Labrador.
2021-03-12
Canadian Economy Cuts More Jobs than Expected
The Canadian economy shed 213 thousand jobs in January of 2021, well above market forecasts of a 47.5 thousand decline and following 53 thousand drop in the previous month. Losses were entirely in part-time work and were concentrated in Central Canada, with losses in Ontario and Quebec totalling 251,000. Employment also fell in Newfoundland and Labrador. Employment declined in January in three services-producing industries most affected by new and continuing public health restrictions: accommodation and food services (-8.2%), retail trade (-7.4%), and information, culture and recreation (-2.4%). Employment losses were more than twice as large among youth aged 15 to 19 (-74,000; -9.3%) than among those aged 20 to 24 (-34,000; -2.2%).
2021-02-05

Canada Employment Change
In Canada, employment change refers to the change in the number of persons who work for pay or profit, or perform unpaid family work. Estimates include both full-time and part-time employment.