Job prospects Home Child Care Provider in Ontario
Job opportunities for Home child care providers (NOC 4411) are good in Ontario over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a home child care provider.
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
The employment outlook will be good for Home child care providers (NOC 4411) in Ontario for the 2019-2021 period.
The following factors contributed to this outlook:
- Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
- A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
The majority of home childcare providers are employed by child day-care services and private households.
Demand for this occupation is mainly influenced by demographic factors. Over the next few years, the increasing number of births in the province is expected to contribute to employment growth for these workers. Furthermore, as more families become double-income earners, parents or guardians will require more childcare providers.
Some families of children attended to through Home Child Care Agencies may be eligible for childcare fee subsidies. Therefore, recent provincial funding changes, which will result in the loss of a portion of these subsidy fees to municipalities, could reduce the number of children in some of these home operations.
Job opportunities for live-in nannies and parents' helpers will be more favourable within families with higher household incomes and are more plentiful in the larger population centers of the province.
As childcare services could be required at various hours, individuals in this occupation who are willing to work irregular hours to meet family needs will have improved job prospects. A valid standard first aid certification including infant and child Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is required for employment with childcare agencies.
There is a significantly higher rate of self-employment (35%) among home childcare providers, compared to all occupations in the province.
The Ontario Ministry of Education licenses private-home day care agencies, which then offer contracts to individual caregivers to provide childcare out of their own homes.
Unlicensed home-based childcare providers will need a license depending on the number and age of the children being care for.
Here are some key facts about Home child care providers in the Ontario region:
- Approximately 17,250 people work in this occupation.
- Home child care providers mainly work in the following sectors:
- Social assistance (NAICS 624): 50%
- Private households (NAICS 814): 45%
- The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
- Full-time workers: 70% compared to 79% for all occupations
- Part-time workers: 30% compared to 21% for all occupations
- 54% of home child care providers work all year, while 46% 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 29 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
- 35% of home child care providers 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||Good Good|
|Kingston–Pembroke Region||Good Good|
|Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie Region||Good Good|
|London Region||Good Good|
|Muskoka–Kawarthas Region||Good Good|
|Northeast Region||Good Good|
|Northwest Region||Good Good|
|Ottawa Region||Good Good|
|Stratford–Bruce Peninsula Region||Good Good|
|Toronto Region||Good Good|
|Windsor-Sarnia Region||Good Good|
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Job prospects elsewhere in Canada
We expect that the labour supply and demand for Home child care providers (NOC 4411) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.
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