Canadian employers say that they are planning to hire fewer workers in the coming months. The Manpower Group has just released its Employment Outlook report for the second quarter of 2014. This regular survey of hiring intentions predicts the slowest employment growth in four years.

In this national survey of 1,900 employers, only 16% say that they plan to hire increased staff. The majority, 78% indicate that they plan to maintain their current workforce, and 2% are uncertain of their plans. The remaining 4% of employers said that they plan to cut staff in the coming months.

While this report indicates a slowdown in hiring, the news is better for certain regions and industries than others. Amongst the employers surveyed, those in Construction were expecting the healthiest hiring climate. Manufacturing companies predict the least hiring of the ten industries surveyed.

Industries predicting the most hiring for Q2 of 2014

  • Construction
  • Transportation & Public Utilities
  • Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate

Industries predicting the least hiring

  • Manufacturing Non-Durables
  • Mining
  • Wholesale and Retail Trade

“A modest hiring climate is projected for the second quarter of 2014, with new business growth at its weakest in five months,” said Byrne Luft, Vice President of Operations for Manpower Canada. “There are some bright spots amidst the slow growth, with employers in the Construction and Transportation & Public Utilities industry sectors expecting the strongest gains. However, job growth is expected to be slower in Ontario and Quebec, with limited advances in full-time work expected for the coming quarter.”

Regions expecting to see increased hiring in Q2 of 2014

  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • Moncton, New Brunswick
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Hamilton, Ontario
  • St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Brampton, Ontario

Areas expecting the least hiring

  • Monteregie, Quebec
  • Saint John, New Brunswick
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Kingston, Ontario
  • Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

The results are summarized in the infographic below. Click the image to view a larger version (opens as a PDF). You can also read the full report at


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