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: 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 in Ontario
The employment outlook will be fair for Electricians (except industrial and power system) (NOC 7241) in Ontario for the 2021-2023 period.
The following factors contributed to this outlook:
- Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
- Not many positions will become available due to retirements.
What Types of Employers Are Out There?
- Most work in construction, mainly as building equipment contractors
What are the Main Trends Affecting Employment?
- Construction activity is expected to be favourable across Ontario over the forecast period, supporting opportunities in this occupation.
- Large infrastructure investments in transit, health care, and public facilities, and improved commercial construction.
- Steady demand for new housing to meet population growth including the construction of multi-unit buildings in some of Ontario’s largest urban centres.
- Home renovation projects and the need to repair and upgrade buildings and public spaces.
What Skills Do I Need to Succeed?
- There are two compulsory skilled trades associated with this occupation in Ontario named Electrician – Construction and Maintenance, and Electrician – Domestic and Rural.
- Knowledge of troubleshooting techniques or preventative maintenance software may be required.
- Knowledge of the Ontario Electrical Safety Code.
- Knowledge of safety practices such as the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).
- Individuals that work with solar photovoltaic systems may require specific training and certifications.
- Some positions may require completion of a working at heights training program.
What Other Information Will I Find Helpful?
- A valid driver’s licence may be required to visit various job sites.
- Ability to be on call for emergency repairs.
There may be more work during the spring and summer because of greater construction activity.
Here are some key facts about Electricians (except industrial and power system) in the Ontario region:
- Approximately 33,250 people work in this occupation.
- Electricians (except industrial and power system) mainly work in the following sectors:
- Construction (NAICS 23): 85%
- The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
- Full-time workers: 94% compared to 79% for all occupations
- Part-time workers: 6% compared to 21% for all occupations
- 63% of electricians (except industrial and power system) work all year, while 37% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 34 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
- 16% of electricians (except industrial and power system) are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
Breakdown by region
Explore job prospects in Ontario by economic region.
|Hamilton–Niagara Peninsula Region||Fair Fair|
|Kingston–Pembroke Region||Fair Fair|
|Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie Region||Fair Fair|
|London Region||Fair Fair|
|Muskoka–Kawarthas Region||Fair Fair|
|Northeast Region||Fair Fair|
|Northwest Region||Fair Fair|
|Ottawa Region||Fair Fair|
|Stratford–Bruce Peninsula Region||Fair Fair|
|Toronto Region||Fair Fair|
|Windsor-Sarnia Region||Fair Fair|
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Job prospects elsewhere in Canada
We expect that the labour supply and demand for Electricians (except industrial and power system) (NOC 7241) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.
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