Job prospects Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Assistant in Canada

National Occupational Classification update

We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "early childhood educator (ECE) assistant" was moved from the group Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214) to the group Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 42202).

Explore current and future job prospects for people working as an "early childhood educator (ECE) assistant" in Canada.

Job opportunities over the next 3 years

Note that these outlooks are based on the 2016 version of the NOC. Learn more about our methodology.

Breakdown by province and territory

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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.


BALANCE: Labour demand and labour supply are expected to be broadly in line for this occupation group over the 2019-2028 period 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


Median 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 was practically unchanged. Similarly, the unemployment rate remained stable, reaching 5.9% in 2018, which was very similar to the national average of 5.8%. The stable number of jobless workers combined with an increase in the job vacancies resulted in a decline in the available workers to fill those vacancies, reaching a ratio of about three unemployed per vacancy. However, this ratio remained above the average for all occupations. It is important to highlight that seasonality plays an important role in the availability of workers in this occupation. In fact, during typical school months (usually September to June), the unemployment rate is often substantially below the average in other occupations. Hence, analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupational group.

For Early childhood educators and assistants, over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 81,700 , while 76,900 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them.

As job openings and job seekers are projected to be at relatively similar levels over the 2017-2026 period, the balance between labour supply and demand seen in recent years is expected to continue over the projection period. About half of job openings are projected to arise from retirements, despite having a retirement rate similar to the average of all occupations. Workers in this occupational group are generally younger than those in other occupations and usually retire at the same age. Employment growth is expected to be slightly above the average for all occupations, but still below the growth recorded in this occupational grouping over the 2009-2018 period. Two main reasons explain the lower employment growth expected over the projection period. First, the growth in the number of children aged 0 to 4 years old is anticipated to be weaker than in the past, which will translate into lower attendance in early childhood centers and home daycares. Second, the adoption of different regulations and programs over the last ten years, such as higher qualification requirements for this occupational group, is expected to have a tempering effect on employment growth over the projection period. Despite the fact that some provinces started requiring college degrees from workers in this occupational group over the last decade, employment growth remained strong as it was fuelled by the creation of many spaces in early childhood centers, a trend expected to slow down significantly over the projection period.

With regard to labour supply, school leavers are expected to account for more than 80% of job seekers. Immigration will also account for an appreciable number of job seekers as the employment requirement of some positions (such as early childhood educator assistant) within this occupational grouping is relatively low. A non-negligible number of workers are expected to seek opportunities in other occupations, notably as elementary and secondary school teacher assistants (NOC 4413), or managers in social, community and correctional services (NOC 0423).

Source Canadian Occupational Projections System – ESDC

Labour Market Information Survey
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