The second wave of COVID-19 infections has negatively impacted employment opportunities in Canada, particularly across Ontario and Quebec.


Statistics Canada confirmed that employment fell by 213,000 in January.


While this seems demotivating, there is a silver lining.


Even when the number of jobs in certain fields is falling, there are other fields in which employment opportunities are on a rise.


Some of these include:




With a rise in eCommerce and online deliveries, there has been an increase in the number of driving jobs available in Canada.


Additionally, with a vaccine roll-out in progress, there will be a need to transport large quantities of the vaccines to different provinces and regions. This will further boost the demand for drivers.


Customer Service


As many non-essential retail outlets had to close their doors again (due to the second wave of the pandemic), they had to find ways to continue offering customer support remotely. This increased the need to have customer service representatives who could provide support online and on the phone.


Essential Retail


Essential retail continues to remain on top of the list. As essential retail stores provide basic necessities such as groceries, cleaning supplies, and medications; they continue to see a steady increase in demand.




One sector where the demand is significantly more than the supply is nursing. This is a direct result of the pandemic which has taken a heavy toll on the health care system.


Statistics Canada has shared that there were 112,000 vacancies in the health care and social assistance industries in January. However, employment in these industries only rose by 19,000.


Information Technology


As people are staying at home and remote work is becoming the norm; there has been a significant increase in the usage of social media, mobile apps, video conferencing, websites, e-commerce, and online shopping.


This has led to an increase in demand for IT administrators, software developers, internal IT auditors, data security consultants, and more.


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