Who we are

Job Bank is Canada’s national employment service, available as a website and mobile app. We help Canadians find work and plan their careers, and we make it easier for employers to recruit and hire across the country.

Employment and Social Development Canada delivers Job Bank on behalf of the Canada Employment Insurance Commission, in collaboration with provincial and territorial governments.

Our story

On Job Bank, we’ve come a long way from the days of paper job postings pinned to boards. We draw on a hundred years of experience helping Canadians succeed in the labour market.

1918

Returning soldiers flood Canada’s labour market after World War I. To help them find work and re-integrate into civilian life, the federal government adopts the Employment Offices Co-ordination Act. This Act facilitates the establishment of local employment offices across Canada.

5,000 demobilized Canadians leaving Europe for Canada at the end of World War I.

Source: Library and Archives Canada, 1964-114 NPC, 3523026

1940

Canada becomes one of the first countries to adopt an Unemployment Insurance Act. This Act organizes the country’s hundreds of employment offices into a national employment service. A Commission representing employers and workers is established to oversee the service.

Job seekers at a National Employment Service office in Toronto, 1950’s.

Source: Library and Archives Canada, 1974-264 NPC, 3369909

1980

The Government of Canada aims to improve the delivery of services to citizens with the launch of one of the world’s first public computer networks – ‘Cantel’ – in public spaces across the country. Canadians can now search for jobs anywhere in Canada in the National Job Bank database.

The Government of Canada’s Cantel system in a Montreal public library, 1983.

Source: City of Montreal Archives, VM94-U2927-010

1996

The Government of Canada passes the Employment Insurance Act, which transforms the national employment service. The Job Bank website is launched, making the National Job Bank database available to anyone with access to the Internet. Supporting Job Bank, provincial and territorial governments now assume the delivery of high-touch employment assistance like counselling and training.

The Job Bank Website as it appeared in the late 1990’s.

Source: Employment and Social Development Canada

2014

Job Bank launches a modernized website featuring hundreds more jobs from a variety of new sources. The new website also introduces advanced job search features, such as job matching.

The updated Job Bank website as it appeared in 2014.

Source: Employment and Social Development Canada

2018

Job Bank’s job search tools are made available to Canadian job seekers as a mobile app. The Job Bank mobile app is one of the first developed by the Government of Canada, as part of its commitment to provide Canadians with digital services that work for them.

The new Job Bank mobile app.

Source: Employment and Social Development Canada

What we do

Today, Job Bank remains the leading source of jobs and labour market information in Canada.

80,000

Jobs advertised per month

150,000

Registered employers

5 million

Job posting views per month

750,000

Career profile views per month

We believe that informed career choices lead to better employment outcomes. That’s why we strive to empower Canadians in the labour market through quality information. We’re constantly monitoring the labour market, collecting and analyzing the latest information on employment trends and opportunities all over Canada. Our bottom line? Sharing that information in a way that makes sense so all Canadians can get the most out of it.

What’s new

Job Bank keeps improving. We’re always learning from our users and researching new and better ways to help.

Since April 2020, you can...

  • Visit our new Work with us page to find information for organizations interested in collaborating with Job Bank.
  • Visit our improved page for Veterans, with useful information for Veterans in the labour market and the employers who are recruiting them.
  • Get better job search results by using the improved “Best Match” sorting option, which now improves the ranking of jobs that are more recent and closer to the location you searched.
  • Receive Job Alerts emails once a day, instead of twice a day.
  • View your compatibility score for new job matches directly in your notification emails.
  • Try our modernized career planning tool to access enhanced profiles for occupations and education programs across Canada, now with more information on recent job prospects.
  • Sign in as an employer to view an improved activity report for your file, which now includes information about the way job seekers interact with your postings. 

As of June 2020, you can also…

  • View our new COVID-19 page to browse jobs in essential sectors and access tools and resources to help you find work during the pandemic.
  • Access news and reports about the labour market in your province or territory.
  • Sign in as a job seeker to see the contact information for the closest employment centres right on your dashboard, and to access a detailed report of your job search activity dating back up to 120 days.
  • Find jobs in the agri-food sector from AgCareers and CareersInFood on Job Bank.
  • Sign in as an employer to specify if telework arrangements are available for the jobs you’re advertising.

Our network

As a key player in the Canadian labour market, Job Bank brings together organizations that share a common goal: making job search and recruitment easier in Canada.

Provinces and territories

Provincial and territorial governments help us offer personalized and in-person services to employers and job seekers across Canada.

Ontario

Quebec

Nova Scotia

New Brunswick

Manitoba

British Columbia

Prince Edward Island

Saskatchewan

Alberta

Newfoundland and Labrador

Northwest Territories

Nunavut

Yukon

Other job boards

Other job boards send us their jobs to help job seekers find everything in one place. We also share our employers’ jobs to help optimize their reach.

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