Aging population, pandemic swelled ranks of health-care workers by 204,000, census says – CBC

But job vacancies in health reached record high in 2022

Nov 30, 2022

An aging population and the stress of managing the pandemic saw the number of health-care workers in Canada swell by 204,000 between 2016 and 2021, according to newly released census numbers.

That’s a 16.8 per cent increase to the workforce over five years.

Even so, the number of job vacancies for non-management-related health-care occupations stood at a record high in 2022, Statistics Canada said.

The census said governments are struggling to fill health-care positions because nearly half (45.6 per cent) of non-management jobs require a bachelor’s degree or higher, and another 22.8 per cent require two years of college or more.

The remaining third of health-care occupations that do not require a university or college education still require a combination of college and participation in shorter-term training programs.

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