This survey is conducted by Statistics Canada to provide valuable information on labour market demand. It will collect information from Canadian employers on job vacancies for all occupations from all industries.
The survey will provide reliable, comparable data on job vacancies and wages to support decision-making by job seekers, students, employers and policymakers. Labour market data help Canadians make informed training and education decisions and find a job that matches their skills. The survey will provide reliable, comparable information on job vacancies and wages, and will be useful in identifying current and emerging labour market pressures.
As a respondent, you will benefit from completing this questionnaire since you will be given the opportunity to use these data to establish benchmarks for your business.
Your information may also be used by Statistics Canada for other statistical and research purposes.
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Data are collected under the authority of the Statistics Act, Revised Statutes of Canada, 1985, Chapter S-19.
By law, Statistics Canada is prohibited from releasing any information it collects that could identify any person, business, or organization, unless consent has been given by the respondent, or as permitted by the Statistics Act. Statistics Canada will use the information from this survey for statistical purposes only.
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Data sharing agreements and record linkage
Data sharing agreements
To reduce response burden, Statistics Canada has entered into data-sharing agreements with provincial and territorial statistical agencies and other government organizations, which have agreed to keep the data confidential and use them only for statistical purposes. Statistics Canada will only share data from this survey with those organizations that have demonstrated a requirement to use the data.
Section 11 of the Statistics Act provides for the sharing of information with provincial and territorial statistical agencies that meet certain conditions. These agencies must have the legislative authority to collect the same information, on a mandatory basis, and the legislation must provide substantially the same provisions for confidentiality and penalties for disclosure of confidential information as the Statistics Act. Because these agencies have the legal authority to compel businesses to provide the same information, consent is not requested and businesses may not object to the sharing of the data.
For this survey, there are Section 11 agreements with the provincial and territorial statistical agencies of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, and the Yukon.
The shared data will be limited to information pertaining to business establishments located within the jurisdiction of the respective province or territory.
Section 12 of the Statistics Act provides for the sharing of information with federal, provincial or territorial government organizations. Under Section 12, you may refuse to share your information with any of these organizations by writing a letter of objection to the Chief Statistician, specifying the organizations with which you do not want Statistics Canada to share your data and mailing it to the following address:
Chief Statistician of Canada
Attention of Director, Labour Statistics Division
150 Tunney's Pasture Driveway
You can also contact the Director of Labour Statistics Division, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone (1-866-873-8788).
For this survey, there are Section 12 agreements with the statistical agencies of Prince Edward Island, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut as well as with Employment and Social Development Canada.
For agreements with provincial and territorial government organizations, the shared data will be limited to information pertaining to business establishments located within the jurisdiction of the respective province or territory.
To enhance the data from this survey and to reduce the response burden, Statistics Canada may combine the information you provide with data from other surveys or administrative sources.
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Topics covered in the survey
The survey asks questions about:
- job vacancies;
- offered wage;
- highest, lowest and average wage;
- entry and lowest wage;
- total wage, including commissions and type of incentive pay (bonus, commission, etc.);
- number of full-time or part-time employees, by occupation.
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Statistics Canada publishes the results of its surveys in many formats. To find all the documents related to this survey, follow the links below and type the name of the survey in the search engine located at the left of your screen to filter the results.
Data: You will find tables, profiles of a community or region, thematic maps, public use microdata files, and data visualization tools.
Analysis: You will have direct access to Stats in brief (e.g., releases from The Daily, fact sheets), articles and reports, and journals and periodicals.
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Every vacancy provides an opportunity to grow.
Statistics Canada is seeking to shed light on the labour market to help your business and industry.
To do this, we need your help.
Statistics Canada is conducting the Job Vacancy and Wage Survey (JVWS) to collect information from Canadian employers on job vacancies for every occupation in every industry. The JVWS will provide valuable information on labour market demand.
The mission of the JVWS
To collect vital information on job vacancies in an effort to get the pulse of your industry. The results will help all levels of government gain an in-depth understanding of your industry.
How your business can benefit
Understanding your market and forecasting for the future can be a daunting task for your business. Accurate data is key to ensuring that every decision you make is an informed one. As the national statistical agency, Statistics Canada is uniquely placed to provide this data for all industries across Canada.
It all starts with you.
Labour market information from this survey will provide employers like you with a better understanding of the expectations, strategies and challenges when filling vacant positions similar to those in your business, such as:
- the competitiveness of your business as an employer, in terms of advertised wages for vacant positions;
- the average length of time required to fill positions similar to those in your industry;
- the education and experience levels sought for vacant positions similar to your own;
- the methods of hiring most
No job vacancies? That information is equally important.
If you don't have job vacancies, simply state that you are not actively hiring. It is important that you know that reporting zero job vacancies is highly relevant for this survey. The absence of job vacancies contributes to the estimation of job vacancy rates; these rates are complete once we know those who have vacancies and those who do not.
How it works
You will receive an invitation in the coming weeks to complete the survey questionnaire. The time it will take to complete the survey depends on the number of vacant occupations for which you are actively recruiting.
What will be asked?
You will be asked to answer a series of questions, such as:
- the number of employees working at this address;
- whether the business is recruiting externally for job vacancies, and, if so, the number of vacancies and the title of the positions;
- whether the position is full-time or part-time;
- the education level required;
- the experience required;
- how long the recruitment has been underway and the methods used to fill the position.
For more information
Statistics Canada Regional Offices
Atlantic Provinces: 1-800-565-1685
Western Region and Northern Territories: 1-866-445-4323
Statistical Information Service
- Questionnaires, definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 5217