Job prospects Physiotherapist in Canada

People working as a physiotherapist 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 Physiotherapists (NOC 3142).

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 Undetermined Undetermined
Northwest Territories Undetermined Undetermined
Nunavut Undetermined Undetermined
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 growth in this occupational group was somewhat faster than the average for all occupations. The unemployment rate returned to a level close to its historical average at 1.8% in 2018, well below the national average of 5.8%. The number of unemployed workers per job vacancy fell and stabilized at a level of one available worker per two job vacancies in 2018, indicating that a limiting factor in employment growth was the lack of workers seeking employment. Hence, analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was insufficient to fill all job openings in this occupational group.

For Physiotherapists, over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 13,600 , while 11,300 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them.

The labour shortage conditions seen in recent years is expected to persist into the 2019-2028 period, and could even become more acute as the projected number of job openings is expected to be substantially larger than the projected number of job seekers over that period. Job openings are projected to arise primarily from expansion demand. Population aging and longer life expectancy are expected to increase the demand for services from health related professionals, including physiotherapists. Preventive treatments and follow-ups of physical conditions as well as rehabilitation services should all be more solicited given the expected growth of older age groups. Moreover, the growing concerns over health and fitness are expected to lead to an increase in the number of sports injuries, resulting in higher demand for physiotherapy services. As a result, and similar to other health occupations, employment growth is expected to be among the strongest of all occupations. Almost 30% of all job openings are projected to arise from retirements, despite the retirement rate being one of the lowest among all occupations. Workers in this occupational grouping are generally younger than average and tend to retire at a later age. With regard to labour supply, due to the highly specialized nature of this occupation, school leavers are expected to account for the majority of job seekers. In addition, a non-negligible number of immigrants are also expected to seek employment in this occupational group. Finally, a number of workers will continue leaving this occupational grouping to seek opportunities in other occupations, for instance as massage therapists and managerial positions in the health sector.

Source Canadian Occupational Projections System – ESDC

Labour Market Information Survey
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