Job Opportunities

As the demand for skilled workers continues to increase, top performers in some skilled trades are earning more than $50,000.00 per year. Since skilled workers are in high demand, their salaries can elevate due to overtime and bonuses. With bonuses, an industrial electrician can earn more than $70,000 per year and a tool and die maker can make more than $90,000.00 per year. In each of the next eight years, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada forecasts that there will be 19,500 more jobs in the skilled trades than workers to fill them. By 2013, scarce trades persons could be earning triple digit salaries.

It is equally important to note that not all trades are projecting dramatic shortages and there are some variations across the regions of Ontario. Through research and discussions with Ontario based training and adjustment boards, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, and Skills Canada; the following trades are identified as those in immediate need of increased numbers:

  • Industrial electrician
  • Plumber
  • Pipe fitter
  • Bricklayer
  • Masonry
  • Sheet metal worker
  • Electronic mechanic
  • Heavy duty equipment mechanic/operator
  • Millwright
  • Construction worker
  • Tool & die
  • Computer systems analyst and
  • Auto body repair