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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) 2015-05-29

For the 2014-2016 period, the employment outlook is expected to be limited for Firefighters (NOC 6262) in Ontario.

This occupation had a provincial labour force of about 12,740 at the time of the 2011 National Household Survey (NHS). 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.

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) 2015-05-29
Kingston - Pembroke Region Limited   (1 of 3 stars) 2015-05-29
Kitchener--Waterloo--Barrie Region Limited   (1 of 3 stars) 2015-05-29
London Region Limited   (1 of 3 stars) 2015-05-29
Muskoka-Kawarthas Region Undetermined   (Undetermined) 2015-05-29
Northeast Region Limited   (1 of 3 stars) 2015-05-29
Northwest Region Undetermined   (Undetermined) 2015-05-29
Ottawa Region Limited   (1 of 3 stars) 2015-05-29
Stratford--Bruce Peninsula Region Undetermined   (Undetermined) 2015-05-29
Toronto Region Limited   (1 of 3 stars) 2015-05-29
Windsor-Sarnia Region Limited   (1 of 3 stars) 2015-05-29

Additional Provincial Prospects

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