Job prospects Speech Therapist in Canada

People working as a speech therapist 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 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists (NOC 3141).

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 over the next 3 years

Explore future job prospects by province and territory.

Location Job prospects
Newfoundland and Labrador Undetermined Undetermined
Prince Edward Island Fair Fair
Nova Scotia Fair Fair
New Brunswick Good Good
Quebec Good Good
Ontario Fair Fair
Manitoba Good Good
Saskatchewan Good Good
Alberta Fair Fair
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 in this occupational group declined, all concentrated in 2018. The unemployment rate remained stable at a very low level of 0.7% in 2018, well below the national average of 5.8%. The combination of a growing number of job vacancies and a stable number of unemployed workers resulted in there being less than one unemployed worker per job vacancy in 2018, and this ratio was well below the average for all occupations in all three years. Hence, analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill all job openings in this occupational group.

For Audiologists and speech-language pathologists, over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 3,800 , while 2,800 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them.

Although this occupational group has had a balanced market in recent years, projected job openings are expected to be substantially higher to job seekers, creating a shortage of workers over the 2019-2028 period. Job openings are projected to arise primarily from expansion demand. Indeed, population growth will to lead to an increased number of people with language disabilities, which is expected to translate into a stronger demand for audiologists and speech-language therapist services over the projection period. In addition, population aging and longer life expectancy are expected to increase the number of seniors using these professional services. As a result, and similar to other health occupations, the employment growth rate for this occupational group is expected to be among the strongest of all occupations. About 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 group tend to retire at a later age in their career. 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. A number of workers will leave this occupational grouping to seek opportunities in other occupations, mostly in managerial positions in the health sector.

Source Canadian Occupational Projections System – ESDC

Labour Market Information Survey
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