In demand: 46,500 jobs in essential services open to Canadians

Trudeau is urging businesses to rehire workers and get the economy back on track

In demand: 46,500 jobs in essential services open to Canadians

More than 46,500 jobs in essential services have opened this week through the Job Bank, bringing the total number of vacancies to about 76,000. This is one of the first signs of the Canadian government’s shift from crisis response to economic recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is urging Canadian businesses to rehire employees in a bid to get the economy back on track. Tapping into the country’s wealth of human resources will be crucial to economic recovery, he said.

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The disruption from COVID-19, Trudeau believes, has put “enormous financial pressure on everyone – from students, to young professionals, to families”.

“During the first few weeks of the crisis, people’s lives were turned upside down. Hundreds of thousands of Canadians lost their job through no fault of their own – without warning – because of this pandemic,” the prime minister said at a news conference this week.

The federal government is hoping businesses will ease back into operations with the help of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, which shoulders 75%, or up to $847 per week, of an employee’s wages at companies that have been severely hit by the pandemic.

With billions of taxpayer dollars invested into financial assistance programs, the government wants to give employers a boost in reopening their business, and give employees a shot at rejoining the workforce. But fewer than 300,000 businesses have since taken up a slice of the $7.9bn aid package.

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“Maintaining the connection between employer and employee is key not just to helping people get back on their feet, but to keeping our economy strong,” Trudeau said. “That’s why it’s so important that employers take advantage of this program and rehire their workers.”

For Canadians looking to explore employment opportunities, Trudeau recommends searching through tens of thousands of listings on the Job Bank.

For its part, the Job Bank assures Canadian workers: “The labour market is not closed – it’s adjusting to the realities of COVID-19. Employers are still looking for workers, with many in key sectors that are continuing to provide services to Canadians.”

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