Job prospects Refrigeration And Air Conditioning Mechanic in Ontario

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

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

Job opportunities in Ontario

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Outlook over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics (NOC 7313) 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 small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

The majority of these tradespersons work in the construction industry for heating and air-conditioning contractors.

In Ontario, employment growth in this field is expected to remain favourable 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 ease, higher population growth in some of Ontario's largest urban centres continues to support residential developments in certain areas. This will increase the need for air ventilation systems in low-rise and high-rise buildings. The residential market will also likely continue to see steady renovation demands and opportunities will arise to renovate older commercial spaces and public facilities. As a result, repair and maintenance needs will be a source of work during the forecast period.

Investments in commercial developments, public facilities such as hospitals, and a few large industrial projects will support demand for these workers as well. 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. 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 compulsory skilled trades associated with this occupation in Ontario–residential air conditioning systems mechanic, and refrigeration and air conditioning systems mechanic. Since this is a compulsory skilled 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 who 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 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:

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