The number of job postings in Canada has reached the highest levels in at least a decade, with some employers seeing a boom in interest as people seek out opportunities to apply for positions in their local communities.
The Canadian Association of Independent Business (CIB) reported Tuesday that job postings across the country are now up over 1.7 per cent over the past year.
The increase in job postings comes amid a surge in interest in jobs in Canada from people looking to take advantage of new federal legislation that aims to make Canada the “coolest” job hunting destination in the world.
Many of those job postings, however, have come from outside of Canada, such as in the U.S. and Europe, where job vacancies have been relatively low.
The CIB said there are now 5.3 million job postings for the country’s 5.1 million residents.
That’s up from 5 million in January and 5 million a month earlier, but it still comes just short of the 6 million posted in April 2016.
That’s the peak month of the last five years, according to CIB data.
The trend is expected to continue as companies continue to expand their offerings in Canada and other countries.
The industry, which has seen a resurgence in recent years, is expected continue to grow.
Canada has been touted as the most livable country in the industrialized world by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
But there are some job openings across the board, from truck drivers and construction workers to security guards and retail workers.
“As the economy grows and more jobs are created, we expect the number of postings will continue to rise,” CIB president and CEO Steve Anderson said in a release.
He added that the number could reach 6.5 million in the coming months.
“We see an upward trend in job opportunities in Canada,” Anderson said.
The job seekers include all ages and genders, including those seeking to pursue jobs in hospitality, social work, law, finance, education, or other professions.
“It’s great to see Canadians looking for opportunities to fill jobs and be part of our community,” Anderson added.