Statistics Canada says the number of job vacancies climbed 3.2 per cent in June to reach a new high as employers were looking to fill more than one million positions for a third consecutive month.
The agency says employers were actively seeking to fill 1,037,900 positions compared with 1,005,700 in May.
The job vacancy rate was 5.9 per cent in June, matching the record-high mark reached in September 2021 and up from 4.9 per cent in June 2021.
Statistics Canada says employers in the health care and social assistance sector were looking to fill 149,700 vacant jobs in June, up 4.3 per cent from May and up 40.8 per cent compared with a year earlier.
Job vacancies in the accommodation and food services sector totalled 171,700 in June, up from 6.6 per cent compared with May and up 38.8 per cent from June 2021.
The retail trade sector saw vacancies rise 15.3 per per cent compared with May to 114,400 in June. Vacancies in the retail sector were up 22.5 per cent compared with June 2021.