Job prospects Autobody Repairer in Ontario
Job opportunities for Motor vehicle body repairers (NOC 7322) are fair in Ontario over the next 3 years. This job outlook is also applicable to people working as an autobody repairer.
Note that the current 2019-2021 employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. We are working to update this information as soon as possible. In the meantime, visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation. You can also read our newly updated sectoral profiles to learn about recent developments for key economic sectors in your region.
Job opportunities in Ontario
The employment outlook will be fair for Motor vehicle body repairers (NOC 7322) in Ontario for the 2019-2021 period.
The following factors contributed to this outlook:
- Employment growth will lead to a few new positions.
- Several positions will become available due to retirements.
- There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
Approximately three-quarters of all motor vehicle body repairers work in automotive repair and maintenance. A smaller number of repairers work at automobile dealers and transportation equipment manufacturers.
Demand for these workers depends on the number of motor vehicles in operation and the amount of repair work needed. In recent years, motor vehicle sales and registrations have fared well in Ontario, which may sustain opportunities for motor vehicle body repairers. Strong automotive sales combined with growing vehicle lease rates are more likely to support employment at car dealerships to meet warranty and service requirements. The number of reported motor vehicle collisions has declined in Ontario for most of the past decade, partly because of additional safety features in motor vehicles. In more recent years, the number of collisions reported decreased due to changes in reporting requirements. In addition, there has been a consumer shift towards replacing damaged vehicles instead of repairing them, often due to cost factors or non-repairable structural damage.
There are four mandatory skilled trades associated with this occupational group: auto body and collision damage repairer, auto body repairer, automotive glass technician and automotive painter. In addition, repairers that are familiar with new automotive technologies and materials, such as aluminum, may see more employment opportunities. Innovation in vehicle technology is increasing the complexity of this trade with the introduction of hybrid and electric cars. Workers are frequently required to supply their own steel-toed safety boots and are normally required to have a valid driver's licence.
Here are some key facts about Motor vehicle body repairers in the Ontario region:
- Approximately 10,950 people work in this occupation.
- Motor vehicle body repairers mainly work in the following sectors:
- Repair and maintenance (NAICS 811): 73%
- Other retail stores (NAICS 44-45, except 445): 9%
- Motor vehicle, body, trailer and parts manufacturing (NAICS 3361-3363): 7%
- The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
- Full-time workers: 92% compared to 79% for all occupations
- Part-time workers: 8% compared to 21% for all occupations
- 72% of motor vehicle body repairers work all year, while 28% 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 35 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
- 18% of motor vehicle body repairers are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
Breakdown by region
Explore job prospects in Ontario by economic region.
|Hamilton–Niagara Peninsula Region||Fair Fair|
|Kingston–Pembroke Region||Fair Fair|
|Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie Region||Fair Fair|
|London Region||Fair Fair|
|Muskoka–Kawarthas Region||Good Good|
|Northeast Region||Fair Fair|
|Northwest Region||Fair Fair|
|Ottawa Region||Fair Fair|
|Stratford–Bruce Peninsula Region||Fair Fair|
|Toronto Region||Fair Fair|
|Windsor-Sarnia Region||Fair Fair|
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Job prospects elsewhere in Canada
We expect that the labour supply and demand for Motor vehicle body repairers (NOC 7322) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.
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