Canada sheds 71,000 jobs in November, Stats Canada
Canada collectively shed more than 71,000 jobs in November, the single largest job loss since the 2008 financial crisis. Meanwhile the economic engine of the US roared ahead, employing 266,000 more workers.
Doug Ford’s Ontario government is leading the way when it comes to creating employment in Canada, according to data published in a Statistics Canada report.
Since December, employment in Ontario has risen by 25,100 and since June 2018, which is when the Progressive Conservative Party won the Ontario election, employment in the province has risen by 296,700.
Much of the successes of Ontario’s economy derives from slashing of unnecessary bureaucratic red-tape. The former Premier, Kathleen Wynne, was often criticized for implementing red tape for ideological purposes, often resulting in a strained economy. In 2018, Ontario punished the Wynne administration in the election, resulting in their loss of “recognized party status.”
Vic Fedeli, Ontario’s Minister of Job Development and Trade, also tied Ontario’s growth to the dismantling of red tape: “We are working to create an environment that attracts investment and encourages entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and create high-paying, good quality jobs in Ontario, and we are seeing the results of that.”
Much of the Progressive Conservative’s mandate relied on their promise to create an environment that improves the ease of doing business. Recently, the Ontario government passed another bill to address this, and will seek to introduce further legislation to reduce the regulatory burden.
Alberta, on the other hand, lost a thousand jobs, with Edmonton suffering the highest unemployment of any major Canadian city. These losses have much to do with the economic instability aided by Justin Trudeau’s dither and delay on the TMX pipeline.
In total, the Canadian economy added 35,200 jobs, reserving some of the job losses suffered in November of last year.
US President Donald Trump’s official Facebook page shared a post commending him for the American job numbers for November, while calling out Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the abysmal job numbers in Canada, the worst since the 2008 financial crisis.
“Let’s see. President Trump is fighting for America and our economy [sic] just ADDED 266,000 jobs,” starts the post from a Trump supporter shared by the POTUS on Facebook.
“Justin Trudeau was laughing it up in London and the Canadian economy just LOST 71,200 jobs. That’s no joke. Trump wins. Again,” the post ends, referring to Trudeau being caught on a hot mic earlier in the week making fun of Trump to other world leaders when at the NATO anniversary gathering.
Trump responded by calling Trudeau “two-faced” and that the PM didn’t like him calling out Canada as “delinquent” in its defence spending. The US President was also caught on a hot mic when leaving the London saying it was “funny when I said that guy was two-faced.”
On Friday news broke that Canada had lost over 72,000 jobs in the month of November, many Canadians losing their jobs just before the holiday season. The job loss was the biggest in Canada since the 2008 financial crisis.
Trump has been boasting throughout the day about the great jobs report in America and appears to have not forgotten Trudeau talking about him behind his back in London.
Trudeau hasn’t likewise addressed the Canadian jobs report on social media.
Many political experts have said that Trudeau being caught laughing behind Trump’s back could have untold consequences for Canada relationship with the US, especially if Trump is reelected in 2020.
Nearly one-third of international students were believed to not be enrolled in a Canadian school in 2015, according to a recent report from Statistics Canada, and an immigration expert says it’s an elaborate scheme to bring in cheap, illegal workers.
Richard Boraks, an immigration lawyer for Worker Canada, said that these student visa holders are abusing the system.
“A lot of kids, including a lot from India, are coming here, and there is a structured, systematic racketeering operation going on to bring them here knowing full well a) they’re not students and b) they’re never going to study,” said Boraks. “It’s a heavy duty scam operation. And they are destined to become illegal workers.”
The Statistics Canada report, which was conducted by researchers Marc Frenette, Yuqian Lu, and Winnie Chan, found that 30.5 percent of student visa holders were not attending a Canadian post-secondary school four years ago.
The report said that the number of temporary residents with a post-secondary study permit increased by 46.1 percent in recent years. The number went from 201,186 students in 2009 to 294,020 in 2015.
The report said that this is an improvement from 2009. In 2009, about half of all international students were believed to be enrolled in a post-secondary school despite being in Canada on a study permit.
Harpreet Kochhar, assistant deputy minister of immigration, told a conference of immigration consultants that about 10 percent of student visa applications are fraudulent.
The student visa rejection rate has increased from 24 percent in 2014 to a high of 39 percent this year.
Project Atlas reported that Canada was ranked fifth in the number of international students admitted in 2018. Canada issued 370,710 student visas.
Boraks said that illegal workers posing as international students often go into jobs in the transportation industry. He said that these illegal workers have suppressed wages, taken jobs away from Canadians, and caused vehicle accidents.
“They have gutted the transportation industry,” said Boraks. “Driving a truck before was a well-paid job. It was an honourable job.”
“And now, because of the abuse of the immigration process by scammers centred in Brampton and Surrey, the trucking industry is dominated by corruption in the immigration system.”
The unemployment rate in Canada held steady last month at 5.5 percent, as manufacturing and construction jobs lost just over 1,800 positions throughout Canada.
The numbers come from Statistics Canada‘s latest report, noting that the economic loss in October follows a gain of 54,000 in September, and a 81,000 job gain in August.
The number of full-time jobs fell by 16,100, slightly offset by the addition of 14,300 part-time jobs.
Manufacturing and construction jobs took the hardest blow, as the sectors lost 23,000 and 21,000 jobs, respectively, primarily in Ontario. Employment in the “other services” category also fell by 18,000
Those losses were countered by an increase of 20,000 jobs in public administration, with an additional 18,000 being gained in “finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing.”
Despite the dip in jobs, wage growth in the country held steady for October. Hourly wage growth, year-over-year, for all employees stayed put at 4.3 percent, the same as September.
Self-employment numbers fell in October by a whopping 27,800, while public sector employment rose by 28,700. Private sector emplyment also fell by 2,700.
British Columbia stacked on an additional 15,000 jobs, while Newfoundland & Labrador added 2,700 jobs.
On a year-over-year basis, employment was up by 443,000, an increase of 2.4 percent.
Here’s a general overview of October’s employment. (numbers from the previous month in brackets):
- Unemployment rate: 5.5 percent (5.5)
- Employment rate: 62.0 percent (62.1)
- Participation rate: 65.7 percent (65.7)
- Number unemployed: 1,122,700 (1,113,200)
- Number working: 19,163,400 (19,165,200)
- Youth (15-24 years) unemployment rate: 11.3 percent (11.9)
- Men (25 plus) unemployment rate: 4.7 percent (4.5)
- Women (25 plus) unemployment rate: 4.4 percent (4.3)
Here are the jobless rates from last month, separated by province (numbers from the previous month in brackets):
- Newfoundland and Labrador 11.1 percent (11.5)
- Prince Edward Island 8.4 (8.8)
- Nova Scotia 8.0 (7.2)
- New Brunswick 8.1 (8.3)
- Quebec 5.0 (4.8)
- Ontario 5.3 (5.3)
- Manitoba 5.3 (5.0)
- Saskatchewan 5.1 (5.3)
- Alberta 6.7 (6.6)
- British Columbia 4.7 (4.8)
Statistics Canada also released seasonally adjusted, three-month moving average unemployment rates for major cities. It cautions, however, that the figures may fluctuate widely because they are based on small statistical samples. Here are the jobless rates last month by city (numbers from the previous month in brackets):
- St. John’s, N.L. 7.3 percent (7.4)
- Halifax 5.9 (5.7)
- Moncton, N.B. 5.8 (5.5)
- Saint John, N.B. 7.7 (7.9)
- Saguenay, Que. 6.2 (6.2)
- Quebec 3.0 (3.0)
- Sherbrooke, Que. 5.8 (5.7)
- Trois-Rivieres, Que. 5.2 (5.6)
- Montreal 5.5 (5.5)
- Gatineau, Que. 4.5 (4.3)
- Ottawa 4.2 (4.4)
- Kingston, Ont. 5.9 (6.0)
- Peterborough, Ont. 4.5 (4.4)
- Oshawa, Ont. 5.3 (5.2)
- Toronto 5.7 (5.8)
- Hamilton, Ont. 4.8 (5.0)
- St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont. 5.5 (5.9)
- Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont. 5.4 (6.1)
- Brantford, Ont. 3.2 (3.6)
- Guelph, Ont. 5.7 (5.2)
- London, Ont. 6.2 (6.5)
- Windsor, Ont. 6.7 (6.2)
- Barrie, Ont. 5.6 (5.9)
- Sudbury, Ont. 6.2 (5.7)
- Thunder Bay, Ont. 5.5 (6.0)
- Winnipeg 5.2 (5.3)
- Regina 5.2 (5.7)
- Saskatoon 5.5 (5.8)
- Calgary 7.2 (7.1)
- Edmonton 7.1 (7.3)
- Kelowna, B.C. 4.1 (4.1)
- Abbotsford-Mission, B.C. 4.9 (5.0)
- Vancouver 5.0 (4.6)
- Victoria 3.2 (3.2)