The pandemic had a detrimental influence on specific jobs on the island, while others rose in demand.
A lot of individuals lost their jobs or had their hours cut due to COVID-19's severe economic impact. Others were forced to work from home to restrict the virus's spread. Many employments have been lost as a result of this. On the other hand, jobs in different fields have witnessed a rise in demand. A government assessment of the pandemic's impact on the Prince Edward Island labor market identifies several in-demand occupations. Some of these positions are mentioned here, along with the National Occupational Classification (NOC) code that corresponds to them:
NOC 0712: Managers of home construction and remodeling
Various employees in this industry have seen a rise in demand for home improvement projects. This may have resulted in a labor scarcity of house construction and remodeling managers in the province. Construction activity in the province is projected to increase as the province's population rises due to ongoing immigration.
NOC 0821: Agriculture managers
During the epidemic, several of these managers saw an increase in demand to help local companies. But, on the other hand, potato growers anticipated a significant decline in demand due to restaurant closures and less french-fry processing.
NOC 1221: Officers of administration
Administrative officers operate in a variety of sectors. For example, more people are employed in the educational and healthcare services sectors to develop and implement health and safety measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
Workers in these jobs were able to shift to working from home and so did not face widespread layoffs due to the epidemic. Information systems analysts and consultants were in high demand to assist corporations in shifting their operations online and assist colleges and institutions in delivering online education.
NOC 2171: Analysts and consultants in information systems
NOC 2174: Computer programmers and creators of interactive media
NOC 2282: Technicians who provide user assistance
Because of the province's expansion and aging population, job opportunities for these experts have been plentiful. Registered nurses, registered mental nurses, and licensed practical nurses were already in limited supply. Moreover, because of increasing demand, the pandemic may have exacerbated the scarcity. Employers also had difficulty finding competent dental hygienists on Prince Edward Island. Here are some of the health care jobs with a large number of job openings:
NOC 3012: Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
NOC 3222: Dentists and dental hygienists
NOC 3233: Licensed practical nurses
NOC 3413: Orderlies, nurse aides, and patient service associates
During the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for social and community service professionals remained stable or rose. Because of physical separation measures, social workers were able to transition to video conferencing. Home care professionals, as well as elementary and secondary school teachers, were in high demand. To reduce the danger of infection, more personnel were employed to spread out the workload.
NOC 4152: Workers in social services
NOC 4212: Workers in social and community service
NOC 4412: Home care workers, housekeepers, and other similar vocations
NOC 4413: Teachers in elementary and high schools
In PEI, there has been a persistent scarcity of experienced transport truck drivers. This is true throughout the COVID-19 epidemic. Drivers for key merchants and take-out food service companies were in more demand than other delivery drivers, who may have been severely impacted. Here are a few examples of in-demand jobs:
NOC 7511: Transport truck drivers
NOC 7514: Deliveries and couriers require drivers
Farm laborers and harvesters are in short supply. Because of the reliance on foreign workers, the closure of the Canadian border had the most significant impact on this position. However, when Canada lifted the travel restrictions on temporary foreign employees, this was no longer an issue. Here are a few examples of in-demand jobs in this sector:
NOC 8431: Farm laborers in general
NOC 8611: Harvesting workers
Candidates with skilled job experience may apply for permanent residency via one of Canada's government economic class programs, which include FSWP (Foreign Skilled Worker Program), FSTP (Foreign Skilled Trades Program), CEC (Canadian Experience Class).
To apply for one of these programs, you must first create a profile on the Express Entry system, Canada's online permanent residence application management system. Among the vocations described above, the following are not considered as skilled employment:
NOC 3413: Nursing assistants, orderlies, and patient service representatives
NOC 4412: Home care workers, housekeepers, and other occupations of a similar nature
NOC 4413: Elementary and secondary school teachers
NOC 7511: Transport truck drivers
NOC 7514: Delivery and courier service drivers
NOC 8431: General farm laborers
NOC 8611: Harvesting personnel
Although Express Entry is the most often used method of entering Canada, it is not the only one. In addition, Prince Edward Island has its own Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), which provides a range of immigration options. For example, the Labour Impact Category provides three streams from which to pick based on your occupation. Those who have a job offer in a skilled occupation and a valid work visa in Canada may apply through the Skilled Worker Stream. If you have a Post-Graduation Work Permit, have worked for the same company for at least six months, and have a valid job offer from the same company, you may be qualified to apply through the International Graduate Stream.
Truck drivers, laborers, housekeepers, food and beverage servers, and customer service representatives with a job offer in the province, six months of firm experience, and a valid work visa may be eligible to apply through the Critical Worker Stream. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) is another option. It is a fast-track immigration initiative that permits businesses to hire foreign nationals to replace local employment. Employers must be based in an Atlantic province to employ foreign workers under this program. Canada's Atlantic provinces are Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and New Brunswick.
Under the AIP, employers are not required to undertake a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). This document shows that there were no Canadian citizens or permanent residents available to fill the position. Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates are among the 40 healthcare vocations eligible for permanent residency under Canada's temporary route for vital workers. In addition, there are 20,000 open opportunities for healthcare workers who worked in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. Canada will accept applications until November 5 or until the maximum intake is reached, whichever comes first.
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