Labour Market Trends

Emerging Industries in Ontario

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) has identified a number of new and emerging industry sectors in the economy including:

  •   Aerospace 
  •   Biotechnology in agriculture, forestry, fishing and pharmaceuticals 
  •   Distance-learning
  •   Environment
  •   Green energy technologies 
  •   Health informatics 
  •   Multimedia, particularly for mobile communications


What You Need to Know

  • These new and emerging sectors employ people in many traditional occupations, although the duties for many jobs – and the qualifications required – may change over time. 
  • They also employ people in emerging occupations, although the number of available jobs may be quite low.
  • For instance, the distance learning sector employs teachers, curriculum developers and librarians, but also requires that they have some additional computer and communications-related skills. Multimedia specialists are an example of an emerging occupation in this industry.


Some of the Hottest Occupations and Careers

  • Industrial electricians
  • Plumbers
  • Carpenters
  • Tile setters
  • Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
  • Truck drivers
  • Insurance adjusters
  • Customer service, information and related clerks
  • Architectural technologists and technicians
  • Telecommunications line and cable workers
  • User support technicians
  • Systems testing technicians
  • Medical radiation technicians
  • Medical sonographers
  • Paralegal and related occupations
  • Community and social service workers
  • Early childhood educators and assistants
  • Chefs
  • Hairstylists and barbers 
  • Food and beverage servers



Declining or Slow-Growing Industries in Ontario

  • Forestry and Logging with support activities
  • Manufactured Mineral Products
  • Metal Fabrication and Machinery (excluding electrical)
  • Motor Vehicle, Body, Trailer and Parts Manufacturing
  • Other Manufacturing
  • Paper Manufacturing
  • Printing and related support activities
  • Rubber, Plastics and Chemicals Manufacturing
  • Wholesale Trade
  • Wood Product Manufacturing



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