Canada one of the World’s Most Popular Destinations for Job Seekers

By Tavia Grant, The Globe and Mail

Canada is one of the top spots in the world for job seekers who are setting their sights abroad.

The U.S., the U.K. and Canada are the world’s most popular country destinations for job seekers, a Boston Consulting Group global survey of more than 200,000 people released Sunday showed. Among cities, London is the most popular spot, while three Canadian cities crack the top 25 list for most-sought after places: Toronto (#8), Montreal (#21) and Vancouver (#23).

Bigger economies are one reason why job seekers opted for the top three, along with a largely English-speaking population at a time when English is the most frequently taught second language, the paper noted.

“Even among workers in large economies – the so-called G20 – Canada is often one of the most popular destinations,” the study noted, which is based on a survey of 203,756 people, most of whom were skilled workers with post-secondary education.

Other attributes respondents cited for eyeing Canada specifically: safety and security; the great outdoors and a varied climate; a high-quality health-care system and “opportunity to build a stable existence for future generations.” One respondent noted that “the way of life in Canada seems to be a little bit like Switzerland – a great place to live, but not polarizing as much as other countries.”

Canada has particular appeal to workers who live in France, Mexico, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and the U.K., according to the poll, which asked workers what motivates them and which countries they would consider moving to.

Canada is already reliant on immigrants as the key source of its labour force growth and that importance will only increase as the population ages, people retire and birth rates stay low. Over the next 15 years, the consulting group expects many countries will see labour surpluses turn into labour shortages, meaning countries – and employers – will need to compete more aggressively for skilled workers.

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