Job prospects Support Services Assistant - Medical in Canada

People working as a support services assistant - medical have different job prospects depending on where they work in Canada. Find out what the future holds for them in your province or territory. These prospects are applicable to all Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413).

Note: These employment prospects were published in December 2021 based on the information available at the time of analysis. The next update will be in December 2022. To learn more, see our FAQs. You can also find additional information on the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard.

Job opportunities over the next 3 years

Explore future job prospects by province and territory.

Location Job prospects
Newfoundland and Labrador Fair Fair
Prince Edward Island Good Good
Nova Scotia Good Good
New Brunswick Good Good
Quebec Good Good
Ontario Good Good
Manitoba Good Good
Saskatchewan Good Good
Alberta Good Good
British Columbia Good Good
Yukon Territory Good Good
Northwest Territories Limited Limited
Nunavut Fair Fair
Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

Take a closer look at the projected labour demand and supply for this occupation over the 2019-2028 period. For more information on future job trends, go to the Canadian Occupational Projections System.


SHORTAGE: This occupational group is expected to face labour shortage conditions over the period of 2019-2028 at the national level. The section below contains more detailed information regarding the outlook for this occupational group.

Employment in 2018


Median age of workers in 2018


Average retirement age in 2018


Detailed analysis

In order to determine the expected outlook of an occupation, the magnitude of the difference between the projected total numbers of new job seekers and job openings over the whole projection period (2019-2028) is analyzed in conjunction with an assessment of labour market conditions in recent years. The intention is to determine if recent labour market conditions (surplus, balance or shortage) are expected to persist or change over the period 2019-2028. For instance, if the analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was insufficient to fill the job openings (a shortage of workers) in an occupational group in recent years, the projections are used to assess if this situation will continue over the projection period or if the occupation will move towards balanced conditions.

Over the 2016-2018 period, employment in this occupational group increased at a somewhat stronger pace than the average for all occupations. The unemployment rate continued declining to reach 3.0% in 2018, sitting near its own historical low and below the national average of 5.8%. Throughout the 2016-2018 period, the number of unemployed workers per job vacancy was well below the average for all occupations, and fell consistently, suggesting that the increased demand for workers has reduced the available stock of workers. Hence, analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was insufficient to fill the job openings in this occupational group.

For Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates & Other assisting occupations in support of health services, over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 178,700 , while 182,700 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them.

As job openings and job seekers are projected to be relatively similar over the 2019-2028 period, the labour shortage conditions seen in recent years are expected to continue over the projection period. Job openings are projected to arise from both expansion demand and retirements. Job creation (expansion demand) is projected to represent more than 50% of job openings. Similar to most occupations in the health sector, the aging population and the rising need for long-term care is projected to put further pressure on the demand for health services assistants. The growing number of seniors will lead to an increase in the use of hospital, nursing homes and long-term care centers services where these workers provide front-line services. Retirements are also expected to represent about 40% of job openings. Pressures arising from these departures are anticipated to be in line with the national average as workers in this occupational grouping have a similar age structure to that of other occupations. With regard to labour supply, the number of school leavers is expected to increase in response to the high demand for workers in this occupation. As it has been the case in recent years, a significant number of job seekers are expected to join this occupation from immigration. Finally, almost 40% of the labour supply for this occupational group will come from workers from other occupations, notably home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations (NOC 4412), looking for career opportunities and higher wages.

Source Canadian Occupational Projections System – ESDC

Labour Market Information Survey
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