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Firefighters  (NOC 6262)
Northeast Region
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Outlook & Prospects for Firefighters in Northeast Region

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Provincial Employment Potential Information

The following table identifies employment conditions within Ontario.

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Table on the employment potential for Firefighters in Ontario.
Location Employment Potential Release Date
Ontario Limited   (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

Table on the employment potential for Firefighters in Northeast Region as well as in the rest of the Ontario.
Location Employment Potential Release Date
Hamilton--Niagara Peninsula Region Limited   (1 of 3 stars) 2016-04-15
Kingston - Pembroke Region Limited   (1 of 3 stars) 2016-04-15
Kitchener--Waterloo--Barrie Region Limited   (1 of 3 stars) 2016-04-15
London Region Limited   (1 of 3 stars) 2016-04-15
Muskoka-Kawarthas Region Limited   (1 of 3 stars) 2016-04-15
Northeast Region Limited   (1 of 3 stars) 2016-04-15
Northwest Region Limited   (1 of 3 stars) 2016-04-15
Ottawa Region Limited   (1 of 3 stars) 2016-04-15
Stratford--Bruce Peninsula Region Undetermined   (Undetermined) 2016-04-15
Toronto Region Limited   (1 of 3 stars) 2016-04-15
Windsor-Sarnia Region Limited   (1 of 3 stars) 2016-04-15

What percentage of people in this occupation are self-employed?

The data from the Labour Force Survey (2013) regarding the proportion of people in this occupation who were self-employed are not sufficiently reliable to be published.

What proportion of people in this occupation work full-time?

According to the Labour Force Survey (2013), 96% of workers in this occupation worked full-time, compared to the average of 81% for all occupations.

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

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