Canada’s Labour Force Survey for January 2021

The highlights of the report include a drop in part time employment during January 2021. Young people between the ages of 15 – 24 were impacted (-10.2%). Women between the ages of 25 – 54 (-10.4 %) were also impacted.

Numbers of Canadians working at home increased from 5.1 during April of 2020 to 5.4 million in January 2021. The increase in work from home numbers is largely due to restrictions in Ontario and Quebec.

Labour market underutilization rate continues to increase in Canada. This rate reflects the proportion of people in the potential labour force who are unemployed; want a job but have not looked for one; or are employed but working less than half of their usual hours for reasons likely related to current restrictions.

The impact on women as a result of restrictions in the retail and food service sector is pronounced. Current restrictions continue to impact those who need the work the most.

The full report is available at Statistics Canada.

Marie-Helene Sakowski, Transformational Consultant,