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

autobody repairer
Outlook over the next 3 years

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:

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