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Outlook & Prospects for Firefighters in Northeast Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Provincial Employment Potential Information
The following table identifies employment conditions within Ontario.
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Ontario||(1 of 3 stars)||2016-04-15|
For the 2015-2017 period, the employment outlook is expected to be limited for Firefighters (NOC 6262) in Ontario.
Nearly all firefighters in Ontario work in the public administration sector. Ontario legislation requires that municipal firefighters primarily involved in fire suppression, must retire by age 60, unless the specific municipal contract states age 65. As a result, retirement is the primary source of new job openings. However, employment levels are expected to be limited due to fiscal restraint by all levels of government. Each fire department sets their own hiring criteria based on differing response call measures, such as call volume. Qualifications for firefighters vary across the regions for full-time, part-time and volunteer positions.
Due to the nature of emergencies, and the requirement of around the clock coverage, most firefighters work 10-14 or 24 hour shifts depending on the municipality. In areas where forest fires are frequent, firefighters may work for extended periods without time off. Some municipalities use their existing fire departments to enhance their emergency response systems and have trained firefighters provide first aid in medical emergencies. Candidates with theoretical knowledge, basic firefighting skills and the ability to provide assistance in medical emergencies may have better chances of employment. Due to the strenuous conditions of the occupation, candidates must also be able to pass both medical and physical testing. Firefighting is mostly a male occupation; however the number of female firefighters is steadily increasing.
Here are some key facts about Firefighters in Ontario:
- Approximately 13,050 people work in this occupation.
- Firefighters mainly work in the following sectors:
- Local, municipal, regional, aboriginal and other public administration (NAICS 913-919): 88%
- 83% of Firefighters work all year, while 17% work only part of the year, compared to 66% and 34% respectively among all occupations.
- They fall into the following age groups:
- 15 to 24: less than 5% compared to 13% for all occupations
- 25 to 54: 88% compared to 69% for all occupations
- 55 years and over: 9% compared to 19% for all occupations
- The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
- Men: 95% compared to 52% for all occupations
- Women: 5% compared to 48% for all occupations
- The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
- No high school diploma: less than 5% compared to 10% for all occupations
- High school diploma or equivalent: 24% compared to 26% for all occupations
- Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: 13% compared to 7% for all occupations
- College certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 47% compared to 28% for all occupations
- Bachelor's degree: 12% compared to 18% for all occupations
- University certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: less than 5% compared to 11% for all occupations
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Hamilton--Niagara Peninsula Region||(1 of 3 stars)||2016-04-15|
|Kingston - Pembroke Region||(1 of 3 stars)||2016-04-15|
|Kitchener--Waterloo--Barrie Region||(1 of 3 stars)||2016-04-15|
|London Region||(1 of 3 stars)||2016-04-15|
|Muskoka-Kawarthas Region||(1 of 3 stars)||2016-04-15|
|Northeast Region||(1 of 3 stars)||2016-04-15|
|Northwest Region||(1 of 3 stars)||2016-04-15|
|Ottawa Region||(1 of 3 stars)||2016-04-15|
|Stratford--Bruce Peninsula Region||(Undetermined)||2016-04-15|
|Toronto Region||(1 of 3 stars)||2016-04-15|
|Windsor-Sarnia Region||(1 of 3 stars)||2016-04-15|
What is the proportion of women working in this occupation?
According to the National Household Survey (2011), women represented 5% of workers in this occupation compared to the average of 48% for all occupations.
What percentage of people in this occupation are members of a union?
This occupation (Firefighters) is part of a larger group called Police Officers and Firefighters (NOC 626). According to the Labour Force Survey (2013), the unionization rate for this group was 85%, while the unionization rate for all occupations was 28%.
Additional Provincial Prospects
For additional information on current trends or the outlook for occupations in this province or territory, visit on: Provincial Job Futures - (Employment Prospects section) Web Site.
Labour Market Bulletins
An analysis of the local labour market and an assessment of local employment-related events.
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- May 2016 | (PDF, 296 KB)
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- March 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 280 KB)
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- Annual Edition 2015 | (PDF, 344 KB)
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- June 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 683 KB)
- Annual Edition 2014 | (PDF, 687 KB)
Provincial / Territorial Labour Market News
Week of Jul 11 - Jul 15, 2016
- The Government of Canada will invest $537,285 towards four projects in the Hearst region that may support economic growth and job creation
- The Government of Canada will fill 20 current and upcoming Senate positions including six in Ontario, using an open online application process. The deadline to apply is August 4, 2016 at www.canada.ca/senate-appointments
Week of May 30 - Jun 03, 2016
- The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is holding career-related events in Barrie, Bowmanville, Brampton, London, Markham, Milton, Mississauga, Newmarket, Ottawa, Stoney Creek and Toronto from June to August
- Peterborough County/City Paramedics hired 14 new paramedics with the possibility of more full-time positions being made available later this year
Week of May 09 - May 13, 2016
- Chatham-Kent's fire service has 15 openings for volunteer firefighters
- The Silver Water Canada Post office on Manitoulin Island closed in May after 133 years in operation, as the area switches to community mailboxes
- The Government of Ontario will close nine ServiceOntario offices in Guelph, Milton, Terrace Bay, Embrun, Minden, Morrisburg, Blind River, Kemptville and Mississauga over the next nine months. The staffing impact is unknown.
Week of Apr 11 - Apr 15, 2016
- Statistics Canada is hiring 54 staff for census enumerations in 28 First Nations communities and unincorporated areas in Northwestern Ontario, and an additional 55 enumerators around the Kenora area
- The Rainy River District Social Services Administrative Board will hire three post-secondary students to work as Maintenance/Custodian Assistants this summer in Atitokan, Fort Frances and Rainy River. Apply by May 2, 2016.
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