Job prospects Construction Electrician Apprentice in Ontario

Job opportunities for Electricians (except industrial and power system) (NOC 7241) are fair in Ontario over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a construction electrician apprentice.

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

construction electrician apprentice
Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be fair for Electricians (except industrial and power system) (NOC 7241) in Ontario for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • Not many positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are several unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

The majority of electricians work in the construction industry, mainly as building equipment contractors. These electricians provide services across the construction industry.

The demand for electricians (except industrial and power system) will likely remain healthy over the next few years, as the construction industry should see a fair level of activity. Numerous infrastructure investments in education, healthcare, and public facilities, will support work for electricians. Further, large-scale transit projects throughout the province will create opportunities for electricians to install wiring and fixtures at stations, terminals and supporting facilities. Steady business activity should also bode well for this trade, as commercial construction stays moderate. While residential construction may see a dip, higher population growth continues to support residential projects such as condominiums in some of Ontario's largest urban centres.

In addition to new construction projects, electricians will find opportunities in repair and maintenance work. The residential market will likely continue to see rather steady renovation demands while the public and commercial sectors may need electricians to upgrade facilities and retrofit older buildings. In northern Ontario, investments to connect some First Nation communities to the province's power grid will increase the need for electricians in the region.

There are two compulsory skilled trades associated with this occupation in Ontario–electrician (construction and maintenance) and electrician (domestic and rural). There is also one voluntary skilled trade associated with this occupation in the province–electrical control (machine) builder. Since this is a compulsory trade in the province, the labour pool will consist of registered apprentices or individuals that hold trade certification in this field. The number of registered apprenticeship certificates has trended upwards for the electricians' trade group in Ontario over the last decade. Further, there has been a steady flow of certificates issued through the trade qualifier provision, which is based on experience. Looking ahead, this trade group continues to attract a fair number of registrations.

Individuals need to have knowledge of the Ontario Electrical Safety Code. Some employers prefer candidates who are familiar with troubleshooting techniques or preventative maintenance software. Job seekers may also need to be familiar with safety protocols such as the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) or the working at heights training program. Workers in this occupation often have to travel to various sites so a valid driver's licence may be required. Further, electricians may have to work shifts or be on-call for emergency repairs, so flexibility will be an asset. There is some seasonality associated with this trade with better job prospects during the spring and summer months. For those interested, the Construction Electrician Solar Photovoltaic Systems Certified (PVSC) Personnel Certification is available in Ontario.

Here are some key facts about Electricians (except industrial and power system) in the Ontario region:

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