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Labour Day Study Released Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec New Top Spot for Hot Jobs, Western Canada Markets Cool, The East Holds Steady

In terms of the larger cities (population 500,000 plus), four cities made the top 20 list; Edmonton (Ranked 8th overall), Mississauga (10th), Vancouver (15th), and Calgary (19th).

Guelph – In a annual survey of hot job markets in Canada the once over-heated Western Canadian job markets have cooled, while Eastern Canada has held steady. Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, is now the hottest job market in the country, measured by jobs available per 1,000 population.

The 2015 results show an even 50/50 split of the top 10 hot job markets between the two regions. In 2014, seven out of the top 10 hot job markets in Canada were found in the Western region of the country.

In 2015, the hottest job market in the country is Saint-Hyacinthe in the Montérégie region of Quebec, southeast of Montreal. The area has a diverse economic base, including a strong dairy community, Quebec's largest agricultural fair, a community college, and a biotech forestry plant. A new bio-methane plant just opened in the area in June.

Saint-Hyacinthe’s neighbouring municipality, Drummondville, Quebec, took the second spot. The actual number of jobs in these regions has not changed dramatically since 2014, but in comparison to the cooling job market in the West, the rate of job availability per 1,000 people has held steady.

Grand Prairie, Alberta, rounded out the top three.

The 2014 hottest job market, Wood Buffalo, Alberta, (better known as Fort McMurray, AB, the home of the oil sands), dropped from the top spot to No. 6 in 2015.

Source Express Employment

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