Job prospects Chief Of Operating Area in Ontario

Job opportunities for Managers in health care (NOC 0311) are fair in Ontario over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a chief of operating area.

Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.

Job opportunities in Ontario

chief of operating area
Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be fair for Managers in health care (NOC 0311) in Ontario for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a few new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

In Ontario, managers in health care mainly work in hospitals, outpatient care clinics and nursing homes. The general demand for health care is expected to grow as the proportion of seniors in Ontario is projected to increase. However, the Ontario health sector will see significant changes in the medium-term forecast, with the launch of a consolidation process that will impact managers in health care. The 14 regionally based Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), which oversees nearly $30 billion in annual operating funding funnelled from the health ministry to hospitals, will be merged with six provincial agencies including eHealth Ontario and Cancer Care Ontario over the next few years into one single provincial health agency known as Ontario Health.

Due to the consolidation, a number of management and back-office positions are expected to be cut or streamlined over the course of the medium-term forecast, and will likely impact those employed in this occupation. In addition, transfer payment agreements are expected to be streamlined, and health service contracts will likely be consolidated to reduce administration costs, as the health procurement system will be centralized in the province, further hindering prospects in this occupation.

Managers in health care will continue to be required to support more complex financing and structural issues to the changing health care sector. Many employers are seeking managers with three to five years of experience, preferably in community-based settings, human or health services, and with specific knowledge of clinical practices and related policies and procedures. Individuals with a business-related master's degree with some specialization in health services administration could have enhanced job prospects. Managers may face some challenges in finding employment in hospitals in rural areas as hospital services continue to consolidate and move to urban areas.

The supply of labour for this occupation is generally derived from a cohort of professionals already in the respective field. Advertised positions most often require specific knowledge of clinical practices and related policies. Those already working in a specific field of medicine may become eligible for filling management positions in health care through experience, promotions and additional training. Highly specialized medical units may have a more difficult time finding a qualified candidate, whereas general health care settings may have a larger pool of candidates to choose from, leading to greater competition for job seekers.

Here are some key facts about Managers in health care in the Ontario region:

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