Canadian Labour Market Dynamics During COVID-19

56 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2021

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Stephen Robert Glenville Jones

McMaster Economics

Fabian Lange

McGill University

W. Craig Riddell

University of British Columbia (UBC) - Department of Economics

Casey Warman

Dalhousie University

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The Canadian labour market experienced a period of unprecedented turmoil following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. We analyze the main changes using standard labour force statistics and new data on job postings. Envisaging a phase of temporary severing of employment relationships followed by a phase of more standard labour market search and matching, we use stock and flow data to understand key developments. We find dramatic changes in employment, unemployment and labour market attachment in 2020 and, looking forward to 2021, signs of an unusual recovery with co-existing strong labour demand and stubborn persistence in depressed employment rates.

JEL Classification: E24, J21, J31

Suggested Citation

Jones, Stephen Robert Glenville and Lange, Fabian and Riddell, W. Craig and Warman, Casey, Canadian Labour Market Dynamics During COVID-19. IZA Discussion Paper No. 14588, Available at SSRN: or

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W. Craig Riddell

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Casey Warman

Dalhousie University ( email )

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