Job prospects Heating, Ventilation And Air Conditioning (HVAC) Mechanic in Ontario

Job opportunities for Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics (NOC 7313) are good in Ontario over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) mechanic.

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

heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) mechanic
Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics (NOC 7313) 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.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

What Types of Employers Are Out There?

  • Construction companies such as building equipment contractors
  • Manufacturers of ventilation, heating, air-conditioning and commercial refrigeration equipment
  • Commercial and industrial machinery and equipment repair and maintenance businesses
  • Food and beverage manufacturing facilities
  • Electronics and appliance stores

What are the Main Trends Affecting Employment?

  • Air quality awareness, particularly in light of the pandemic, has led to upgrades and additions to aging heating, ventilation and air conditioning and air filtration systems.
  • Investments in upgrades and installation of new HVAC systems in school across the province will increase demand for these mechanics in the forecast period.
  • Construction activity is expected to be favourable across Ontario over the forecast period, including infrastructure investments in health care and public facilities, and improved commercial construction.
  • Ongoing need for repairs and maintenance on buildings
  • A growing food manufacturing industry requires refrigeration installation services as well as upgrades and maintenance of existing systems

What Skills Do I Need to Succeed?

  • Completion of an apprenticeship is compulsory in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic or the Residential Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic trades
  • As some of the heating and refrigeration units run on gas, a Gas Technician Certificate obtained through a Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA) accredited training program may be required
  • Job seekers may be required to hold several certifications in addition, such as an Ozone Depletion Prevention (ODP) Certificate or a Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Certificate
  • A valid driver’s licence may be needed to visit various sites to perform installation and repair work.

What Other Information Will I Find Helpful?

  • The industry is turning to digital, paperless solutions for record keeping, documentation and preparations of tenders and quotes. Ability to use digital platforms for information gathering and documentation is considered an asset by many employers.

Here are some key facts about Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics in the Ontario region:

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