It is important to know the local job market to make an informed career choice. Keeping track of the current state and future trends of the labor market will help you determine the best career path.
Even if you are currently employed it is still best to be informed about the job trends. This will help you stay competitive. Information about job markets in Ontario, and the Leeds and Grenville region in particular can be found in several sources.
Local Labour Market Information
1000 Islands Region Workforce Development Board monitors the labor market and provides analysis of future trends, challenges and opportunities for the 1000 Islands region, which includes Leads and Grenville. According to their Trends, Opportunities and Priorities (TOP) 2010 report, the largest employment growth in Leeds and Grenville between 2001 and 2006 has been recorded in the following sectors:
• mining, oil and gas extraction (100%)
• wholesale trade (43%)
• transportation and warehousing (16.3%)
• real estate and rental and leasing (40.4%)
• professional, scientific and technical services (14.8%)
• administrative and support, waste management and remediation services (57.1%)
• health care and social assistance (20.9%)
• arts, entertainment and recreation (76.9%)
• other services (except public administration) (12.8%)
TIWDB also predicts that the future jobs will be in the area of advanced manufacturing, distribution and warehousing, pharmaceuticals, metal fabrication (not allied to the auto sector), bio-fuels, food processing, alternative energy and telecommunications.
Labor demand in tourism, accommodation, food and beverage services will also increase towards 2025 due to increased competition for youth labor from other industries.
National and Provincial Labour Market Information
The Government of Canada provides Labour Market Information on job prospects, wages and salaries, potential employers and available training for any given occupation. You will be asked to enter the National Occupation Classification (NOC) to make the search for your chosen occupation.
Ontario Job Futures provides a general overview on current trends and future outlook of jobs in Ontario, as well as detailed information on employment prospects, job characteristics, income level and regional employment rate for 190 most common occupations in Ontario.
The Working in Canada website is an interactive tool that creates occupation report cards for any job based on the NOC system. These report cards provide information about labor market demand, employment prospects, job requirements, wages, skills, language and professional accreditation requirements specific to that job in any Province and region across Canada.
Settlement.org explains well what Labour Market Information is, and helps you assess if you need it or not. This section of the website also provides additional information and resources for job market research in Canada.