Job prospects Plumber in Ontario

Job opportunities for Plumbers (NOC 7251) are fair in Ontario over the next 3 years. This job outlook is also applicable to people working as a plumber.

Note that the current 2019-2021 Employment Outlook was published in December 2019 based on information available at that time.

Job opportunities in Ontario

Outlook over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be fair for Plumbers (NOC 7251) 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.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

The majority of plumbers work in the construction industry, mainly as building equipment contractors. Plumbers provide services to a broad range of institutional, residential and commercial establishments.

The demand for plumbers will likely remain healthy over the next few years, as the construction industry should see a fair level of activity. Numerous infrastructure investments in public goods such as water and wastewater treatment plants, municipal piping systems, and educational and healthcare facilities, will support work for plumbers. Further, large-scale transit projects throughout the province will create some opportunities for plumbers to install pipes and fixtures at stations, terminals and related facilities. Steady business activity should also bode well for this trade, as commercial construction stays moderate and a few large industrial projects are in the works. While residential construction may see a dip in 2019, there are several condominium projects underway in some of Ontario's largest urban centres driven by higher population growth.

In addition to new construction projects, plumbers will find opportunities in repair and maintenance work. The residential market will likely continue to see steady renovation demands while the public and commercial sectors may need plumbers to upgrade facilities and retrofit buildings. The shift towards more water-efficient plumbing systems should create demand in this trade to replace older equipment with new integrated fixtures. In northern Ontario, funding to improve access to clean drinking water on First Nation reserves may increase the need for plumbers in the region.

There is one compulsory skilled trade associated with this occupation in Ontario–plumber. 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 plumbers' 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 rather high number of registrations, with a sizeable annual intake each year.

Employers often prefer those with several years of related experience as well as repair and inspection skills. Job seekers will need to be familiar with plumbing building codes and standards in the province. Some positions require plumbers to have Cross Connection Control Specialist Certification and knowledge of confined space entry. Workers in this occupation normally have to travel to various sites so a valid driver's licence may be required. Further, plumbers may have to work shifts or be on-call for emergency repairs so flexibility will be an asset. Candidates may need to be familiar with safety protocols such as the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS). There is some seasonality associated with this occupation with better job prospects in the spring and summer months. Tradespersons who work at heights must complete a provincially required working at heights training program.

Here are some key facts about Plumbers in the Ontario region:

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