Explore Careers - Job Market Report
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The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Provincial Employment Potential Information
The following table identifies employment conditions within Ontario.
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Ontario||(2 of 3 stars)||2018-12-07|
The employment outlook will be fair for Paralegal and related occupations (NOC 4211) 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.
- Not many positions will become available due to retirements.
- There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
Employment in this occupation has grown over the last decade. The majority of paralegals and related occupations are employed by legal, notary, real estate and paralegal firms. A significant number are also employed in public administration. Over the last few years, several Canadian law firms have merged as part of a wider trend towards consolidation in the industry. Law firms are also taking advantage of technological change and outsourcing to reduce labour costs. These industry-wide trends can be expected to affect future employment opportunities for this occupational group.
The paralegal profession is regulated in Ontario. The Law Society of Upper Canada regulates and licenses paralegals once they pass the paralegal accreditation exam. Related occupations that do not require licencing cannot perform the same duties as licensed paralegals. In Ontario, paralegals can represent clients in Small Claims Court, the Ontario Court of Justice under the Provincial Offences Act, and administrative tribunals. In doing so, they provide an affordable alternative to retaining a lawyer. Although independently operating paralegals can provide these legal services, other occupations in this group, such as law clerks and legal assistants, are not allowed to advise or represent clients.
There are some indications of a large number of paralegals in Ontario, possibly heightening competition for available positions. The large supply of paralegals may partially stem from the availability of many educational programs with relatively low entry requirements.
Here are some key facts about Paralegal and related occupations in the Ontario region:
- Approximately 17,350 people work in this occupation.
- Paralegal and related occupations mainly work in the following sectors:
- Legal services (NAICS 5411): 80%
- The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
- Full-time workers: 89% compared to 79% for all occupations
- Part-time workers: 11% compared to 21% for all occupations
- 72% of paralegal and related occupations 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 31 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
- 12% of paralegal and related occupations are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Hamilton--Niagara Peninsula Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2018-12-07|
|Kingston - Pembroke Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2018-12-07|
|Kitchener--Waterloo--Barrie Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2018-12-07|
|London Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2018-12-07|
|Muskoka-Kawarthas Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2018-12-07|
|Northeast Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2018-12-07|
|Northwest Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2018-12-07|
|Ottawa Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2018-12-07|
|Stratford--Bruce Peninsula Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2018-12-07|
|Toronto Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2018-12-07|
|Windsor-Sarnia Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2018-12-07|
Additional Provincial Prospects
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Provincial / Territorial Labour Market News
Week of Nov 25 - Nov 29, 2019
Week of Nov 04 - Nov 08, 2019
- Nuclear Promise X (NPX) opened their second office in Kincardine, following their deal to provide technical support to the Nuclear Innovation Institute. NPX currently employs 30 staff locally in support of Bruce Power and other clients.
- A&L Canada Laboratories Inc., an analytical services and technologies company in London, announced the addition of a new 4000-sq.-ft. facility and the 17 new staff members
Week of Nov 01 - Nov 05, 2019
- Tetra Tech Canada opened a new office in Kincardine to provide engineering support to Bruce Power's Life Extension Program
- VVDN Technologies Pvt Ltd., an international technology manufacturing company, will open a production facility in Waterloo with plans to hire between 250 to 300 engineers
- Siemens Canada Limited opened an office in Port Elgin to provide upgrades, technical services and parts delivery to support Bruce Power's Life Extension Program
Week of Oct 28 - Nov 01, 2019
- Online consulting and strategy firm, Accenture plc, will open an office in St. Catharines, employing approximately 500 workers
- Ford Motor Company unveiled its Ford Connectivity and Innovation Centre in Waterloo. It currently employs 150 people with plans to grow in 2020.
- KEPCO Engineering & Construction Company, Inc. opened their Canadian Office in Port Elgin
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