Infographic: Help wanted in Canada’s mid-sized cities

From Brockville to New Glasgow, Canadian cities still climbing out of 2008 recession


According to a report from the Conference Board of Canada, 21 of Canada’s 46 medium-sized cities have yet to see employment return to pre-recession levels, and 29 saw negative economic growth during 2008-09.

The majority of these cities (40 of 46) saw a return to growth in 2010. However, in the following two years, 13 of them saw that growth stall.

The charts below detail the growth or decline of these mid-sized cities during 2012, both in terms of GDP and employment.

Note: On the employment chart, stars indicated whether cities have yet returned to their 2008 employment levels.

The chart below details the cities with the most significant GDP growth or decline in 2012.


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Infographic: Help wanted in Canada’s mid-sized cities

  1. Interesting. I live in Vernon and am not aware of any large employer here who had major layoffs between 2011 and 2012. A 20% drop in employment levels and almost 13% drop in GDP suggests a massive change, and I just don’t see it. The only thing I can think of is residential construction, which was huge in 2008 and has pretty much dried up, but that would have been the case in 2011 as well.

    • The report doesn’t say much specifically about Vernon, but it does note that experienced one of the most significant economic declines: “Across the country ,the largest declines in economic activity during the past recession were recorded in Miramichi, N.B., Saint-Hyacinthe, Que., and Vernon, B.C.”

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