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

The job outlook for a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) mechanic working in Ontario is good over the next 3 years. This outlook is applicable to all Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics (NOC 7313). Learn more about heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) mechanic

Job opportunities in Ontario Good

The employment outlook will be good for Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics (NOC 7313) in Ontario for the 2018-2020 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Employment in this occupation has increased in Ontario over the past several years. The majority of these tradespersons work in the construction industry for heating and air-conditioning contractors.

The demand for workers in this occupation will likely remain healthy over the forecast period, as the construction industry should see a fair level of activity. Nearly all buildings in the province must have a heating and ventilation system under the Ontario Building Code. While residential construction may see a dip in 2018, higher population growth in the province should continue to support residential development in certain areas. This will increase the need for air ventilation systems in low-rise and high-rise buildings. Repair and maintenance will create ongoing work in this trade as well as the majority of households in the province have central air conditioners.

These mechanics may find additional opportunities to install air handling and refrigerated systems across a range of non-residential facilities such as ice rinks, grocery stores, restaurants, and processing plants. Steady business activity and numerous infrastructure investments in education, healthcare, and public transit, should bode well for this occupation. Recent investments in the province’s agri-food industry may further support work in this field as the transportation, storage, and processing of food depends heavily on cooling systems for health and safety.

In the years ahead, mechanics may find growing opportunities to install and service alternative types of heating and ventilation systems to meet energy standards. This will include heat-recovery ventilators, air-source heat pumps, and geothermal systems.

There are two skilled trades associated with this occupation in Ontario, namely, residential air conditioning systems mechanic, and refrigeration and air conditioning systems mechanic. 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 increased for the refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics’ trade group in Ontario over the last several years. This trade group continues to attract a higher number of registrations with a rather steady amount of new registration records over the past decade. Trade certification is usually not mandatory for individuals that work in the manufacturing industry solely to produce ventilation systems.

Employers often require a Gas Technician licence at the G2 level because of the high usage of natural gas to heat homes and other buildings. The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) is the regulatory body for this licence in Ontario. A few other certifications may be required such as an Ozone Depletion Prevention (ODP) Certificate or a Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Certificate.

Work opportunities are somewhat seasonal with better job prospects during the spring and summer months. Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics may also have to travel so candidates may need a valid driver’s licence to secure employment.

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

  • Approximately 14,250 people work in this occupation.
  • Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Construction (NAICS 23): 74%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 94% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 6% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 71% of refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics work all year, while 29% 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 36 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • 11% of refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.

Breakdown by region

Explore job prospects in Ontario by economic region.

Legend: The job opportunities can be:

Undetermined Undetermined Good Good Fair Fair Limited Limited
Location Job outlook
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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Labour market conditions across Canada

We expect that the labour supply and demand for Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics (NOC 7313) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.
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