Last Updated on January 14, 2021

Foreign nationals looking to move to Canada have been given a glimpse into the Canadian jobs most likely to be in high demand in 2021.

“For job seekers, skills related to e-commerce, computer science, security and healthcare will be most in-demand (this year),” reports Randstad Canada.

Canada’s economy is healing from the massive impact of COVID-19, the global human resources firm states on its website. Though a second wave of COVID-19 has swept through most of Canada, the economic impact has been much less severe.

As restrictions loosen through 2021 and the virus is brought under control, that recovery is expected to only strengthen. 

The Conference Board of Canada agrees with that bullish outlook. This week, it issued its economic forecast for this year and 2022. It is calling for a massive resurgence in the Canadian economy. 

Canadian Economy Poised for Strong Growth for Two Years 

The Conference Board is forecasting Canada will see GDP growth of 5.3 per cent in 2021 and 3.5 per cent in 2022.

“The news that safe and effective vaccines against COVID-19 have begun to be distributed has provided optimism that the pandemic could soon be beaten,” says Pedro Antunes, the Conference Board’s chief economist.

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With that uptick in the Canadian economy, Randstad Canada says the fast-growing occupations this year will be:

  • customer service representative;
  • delivery driver;
  • retail essential worker;
  • security analyst and architect;
  • administrative assistant;
  • purchasing and supply chain specialist;
  • information technology and technical support specialist;
  • warehouse worker;
  • housekeeping attendant, and;
  • graduate nurse.

“If you were laid-off in response to the economic downturn, there’s reason to stay positive as seven in 10 employers in Canada plan to rehire laid-off employees once the crisis passes,” states Randstad Canada.

The post-COVID-19 economy will also come with new opportunities, particularly in the area of working from home or a remote office.

Remote Work Opportunities Boom in Post-COVID-19 Economy

“As we enter the ‘new normal’ in 2021, the world of work is adapting,” states Randstad Canada. “Globally, companies have pivoted to find a path forward. That’s led to a large-scale shift to remote work, increased use of digital collaboration tools, new and improved health and safety policies, and updated office and workplace layouts, among many other changes.”

Those looking to work remotely will likely have opportunities with these jobs in 2021, suggests Randstad Canada:

  • call center representative;
  • administrative assistant;
  • computer support service;
  • human resources administrator;
  • information technology consultant;
  • data analyst;
  • digital marketer;
  • accountant;
  • social media manager, and;
  • project manager.

“As we look to 2021, the prognosis is good for most sectors,” states the human resources firm. “If you have a strong and specialized skill set, there’s a job for you to showcase your strengths.”

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