If you're looking for a new job and have been having trouble finding opportunities in your city, you might actually have a better chance looking in a small city in Ontario than in big Canadian cities like Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver. Several small Ontario cities were recently ranked the best places in Canada to find a job. You may be surprised by the findings.
The Bank of Montreal recently released their labour market report card for the fourth quarter of 2018. Their data revealed that all four of Canada's biggest cities, which are Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary, have fallen in the rankings and did not even make the top 10 list for the best places to find work opportunities in the nation.
Although Ontario's biggest city Toronto didn't make the list for the top cities to find a job in Canada, the province was still represented in the rankings by several other smaller cities. Five Ontario cities were named in the top 10 places for new job opportunities in the country, comprising of half the list.
Based on the findings from the report, it appears Ontario is the best province to find a job in Canada. Guelph in Ontario was ranked the best city in Canada for new work opportunities, with the lowest unemployment rate in the whole country at 2.3 percent.
The city jumped 20 rankings from the previous year to take the number one spot. According to The Huffington Post, one of the reasons Guelph has become the top city to find a job in the country is due to its strong manufacturing sector that has been immensely growing. Not to mention, housing is more affordable than in Toronto, which has driven many Torontonians to relocate to Guelph.
Many other small cities in Ontario made the list. Kitchener-Waterloo came in fourth place due to its booming tech industry and relatively more affordable housing market, according to The Huffington Post. Peterborough took seventh place, with its health care and education institutions providing the most employment opportunities.
Oshawa came in ninth despite the recent shutdown of its famous General Motors assembly plant. Despite this closure negatively impacting the job market, there are still several job opportunities in the town, according to The Huffington Post. There are three higher-ed institutions, several health care facilities, and a growing home construction industry.
London, Ontario closed out the list at 10th place. The city is growing its tech industry, and there are also job opportunities from auto plants, factories and the construction industry.
The five other cities that made the list were Saskatoon, Kelowna, Edmonton, Halifax and Abbotsford. For more information on the report, you can read BMO's full Regional Labour Market Report Card on their website.