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)||2017-12-15|
The employment outlook will be fair for Hairstylists and barbers (NOC 6341) in Ontario for the 2017-2019 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
Employment in this occupational group has weakened over the last few years.
Almost all hairstylists and barbers work in the personal care services industry, which includes barber shops, beauty salons and unisex hair salons. Barber shops account for the smallest share of businesses in this industry, which is likely because they offer a specialized service geared towards males.
Job opportunities for hairstylists and barbers are dependent on population growth and on consumer spending trends. Household spending on personal grooming services, which includes barbering, hairstyling and other aesthetic services, has decreased slightly in recent years which may affect the volume of business conducted by these workers.
Just over one-third of Ontario’s hairstylists and barbers are self-employed. Many individuals in this group rent chairs in barber shops and salons. These establishments tend to be smaller, with less than 10 employees. Some owners and operators of salons and barber shops prefer to hire people who are experienced and who can bring an established clientele with them. In some instances, salaries are based on commission. Other hairstylists and barbers may choose to work out of their own homes, in accordance with specific municipal regulations.
Hairstylists is a compulsory skilled trade in Ontario, therefore individuals must be registered with the Ontario College of Trades to work in this occupation. Generally, the entry requirements for hairstylists and barbers are relatively low, which opens this group to a large pool of workers and a fair amount of competition for clients in some areas. As a result of these factors and the large size of the existing workforce, worker turnover is expected to be a significant source of job openings.
Individuals willing to work long and varying shifts may have an advantage in securing employment, as work is based on client availability. Some clients may also prefer or need home visits, such as seniors in assisted living residences, so flexibility is an asset. Hairstylists and barbers can increase their client base by keeping up to date with the latest trends and by using social media tools for self-marketing.
Here are some key facts about Hairstylists and barbers in the Ontario region:
- Approximately 31,750 people work in this occupation.
- Hairstylists and barbers mainly work in the following sectors:
- Personal and laundry services (NAICS 812):more than 95%
- The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
- Full-time workers: 70% compared to 80% for all occupations
- Part-time workers: 30% compared to 20% for all occupations
- 69% of hairstylists and barbers work all year, while 31% work only part of the year, compared to 66% and 34% 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.
- 36% of hairstylists and barbers are self-employed compared to an average of 10% for all occupations.
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Hamilton--Niagara Peninsula Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2017-12-15|
|Kingston - Pembroke Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2017-12-15|
|Kitchener--Waterloo--Barrie Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2017-12-15|
|London Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2017-12-15|
|Muskoka-Kawarthas Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2017-12-15|
|Northeast Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2017-12-15|
|Northwest Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2017-12-15|
|Ottawa Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2017-12-15|
|Stratford--Bruce Peninsula Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2017-12-15|
|Toronto Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2017-12-15|
|Windsor-Sarnia Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2017-12-15|
Additional Provincial Prospects
For additional information on current trends or the outlook for occupations in this province or territory, visit on: Provincial Job Futures - (Employment Prospects section) Web Site.
Labour Market Bulletins
An analysis of the local labour market and an assessment of local employment-related events.
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- March 2018 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 248 KB)
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- Annual Edition 2015 | (PDF, 344 KB)
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- Annual Edition 2014 | (PDF, 687 KB)
Provincial / Territorial Labour Market News
Week of May 07 - May 11, 2018
- Toyoto Motor Corp. is spending $1.4B to upgrade its Cambridge and Woodstock assembly plants with $110M of funding coming from both the federal and provincial governments, creating 450 jobs, 1000 co-op placements and retaining 8000 jobs
- SOTI Inc., an information and communications technology firm, will invest $170.8M to build a new facility in Mississauga by July 2024, creating 725 jobs and supporting 410 positions
- The City of Toronto will invest $720M on 200+ infrastructure projects in 2018
- The Government of Ontario will invest up to $8.5M in Bonduelle Canada Inc. to support processing facility upgrades. The investment will create 87 new jobs while retaining more than 700 positions in Tecumseh, Ingersoll, and Strathroy.
- Mosaic Transit Group (Mosaic) secured a $2.5B contract from the Province of Ontario for the Finch West Light Rail Transit project. Construction is scheduled to begin in fall 2018 and be completed in 2023, employing an estimated 600 workers.
- Mierins Automative Group of Ottawa is selling 10 dealerships and 2 collision centres to Toronto's Alpha Auto Group. Close to 550 employees will be offered positions in the new organization.
- The Government of Ontario will invest $8M in Comet Biorefining, Inc.to establish a new production plant in Sarnia. The investment will help to create 82 new jobs directly and 158 new jobs indirectly.
- Northern Transformer Corp., a manufacturer of electrical power transformers, will invest $39.1M to scale up production and invest in new equipment, creating 60 jobs and retaining 82 positions in Vaughan by 2024
- The Province of Ontario will invest $24M in 18 film and television productions, production facilities and services in Northern Ontario, bringing close to 100 jobs to the area during production
- Essar Steel Algoma Inc. in Sault Ste. Marie is actively recruiting for a broad range of positions to cover pending retirements
- Burloak Technologies Inc., a components manufacturer, will invest $80.5M to build a new 3D printing centre in Oakville by December 2022, creating 65 jobs and retaining 16 positions
- Mr. Pretzels International LLC is expanding into Ontario with eight new franchise locations scheduled to open over the summer
- A Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Group opened in Brampton
- Hotel X by Library Hotel Collection opened in Toronto
- Flying Colours Corp., an aviation service provider, is spending $30M to expand each of its facility divisions at Peterborough Airport. The expansion will create 60 new jobs over the next several years, while retaining 250 positions.
- The Government of Ontario will invest $10M over three years to establish the Gichi Kendaasiwan Centre at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay
- The Government of Ontario will invest $10M to support the creation of a new community hub in Stratford
- Capital Construction (2007) Inc. has been selected to build a new 15,000-sq.-ft. Student Centre at Laurentian University in Sudbury. The $10M project is expected to be completed by September 2019.
- Two new McDonald's restaurants of Canada Ltd. are scheduled to open in Milton
- The Lake Superior Centre for Regenerative Medicine, Inc. (RegenMed) bone and tissue bank is expanding through a partnership with the Province of Ontario, creating 27 jobs in Thunder Bay
- The Kawartha Credit Union will close its branches in Magnetawan and Emsdale on November 9
- Miovision Technologies Inc., a Kitchener-based traffic tech company has received $15M in investments to expand their work on using artificial intelligence and video traffic data to build "smart intersections"
Week of Apr 30 - May 04, 2018
- The Government of Ontario is investing $3M in Hanwha L&C Canada, Lamko Tool & Mold, Sciencetech Inc., Sikorski Sausages Co., Start.ca, and Zomaron Inc in London. The investment will create 283 new jobs, while retaining 435 positions.
- National Steel Car Ltd., plans to hire more than 250 employees at its Hamilton assembly plant largely due to CN Rail's plan to purchase 350 new lumber cars
- The Government of Ontario is investing up to $7M in Dr. Oetker Canada in London. The investment will create 103 new jobs, while retaining 115 positions at the food manufacturer.
- CPK Interior Products Inc., a manufacturer of interior automotive products, is planning an $8M expansion that will add 89 new jobs. Expected completion date is December 2020.
- Massey Hall, a performance venue in Toronto, will receive up to $60M from the federal and provincial governments towards an estimated $94M revitalization project
- Construction began on a $616M expansion of Hwy. 427 in Vaughan. The 6.6km extension will be completed in 2021.
- Griffith Foods Ltd. will receive up to $1.4M from the Province of Ontario towards a $14.2M investment to modernize and scale-up operations at its facility in Toronto, creating eight jobs and retaining 337 positions
- The Province of Ontario will invest $1.4M+ in 12 mining supply and services firms in Northern Ontario, creating 20 jobs
- The Township of Red Rock in the Thunder Bay District will receive $25.7M from the federal and provincial governments towards a new water pollution control plant
- LH North Ltd. secured a $5.3M contract from the City of Thunder Bay to rehabilitate the Main Street Bridge over two years
- Swedish outdoor lifestyle brand Fjällräven opened a store in Toronto
- SkipTheDishes Restaurant Services Inc. launched a food delivery app in North Bay
- The Group Health Centre in Sault Ste. Marie laid-off five employees in management and administrative positions
Week of Apr 23 - Apr 27, 2018
- Novaflow Systems Inc. will open a new plant in Brockville in the coming months, which is expected to create about 10 to 12 new positions
- The Greater Sudbury Airport will receive over $5.5M from the Province of Ontario towards infrastructure upgrades, creating 7 jobs with Porter Airlines Inc. and 46 in total
- The Government of Ontario is partnering with seven companies and the Township of Edwardsburgh/Cardinal to help create 273 new jobs and support 710 existing positions in eastern Ontario.
- Titan Manufacturing, in partnership with Leaf Engineered Wood Products, will begin manufacturing glulam wood products in the Rainy River District in May. The company anticipates requiring an additional 10 to 20 workers.
- The Thames River Hatchery, a $15M chicken facility, is opening in Woodstock. The joint venture between Sargent Farms and Boire & Frères is expected to create about 30 jobs.
- White River Forest Products will receive $1.9M from the Government of Ontario towards an investment of $9.5 in new equipment and product development at the sawmill, creating 15 jobs in Hornepayne
- Cambridge-based BWXT Canada has been awarded a $642M contract to design and supply 32 new steam generators for Bruce Power ensuring the company remains in operation through 2030
- The Algoma District School Board is recruiting supply teachers for Elliot Lake, Blind River, Wawa and Hornepayne
- Allen¿s Automotive (NAPA Auto Parts Allen¿s Automotive Group) in Manitowaning opened a new location in Little Current on Manitoulin Island, creating three jobs
- Ecolomondo Corp. plans to open a tire waste processing facility in Hawkesbury by the second quarter of 2019
- Cameco Fuel Manufacturing announced a $62M contract to manufacture nuclear reactor components for Bruce Power¿s Major Component Replacement (MCR) Project
- Northec Construction Inc. secured a $16.6M contract from the City of Timmins to complete upgrades on the Whitney sewage pump stations
- The Township of North Glengarry awarded a $10.2M water distribution system construction contract to Clarence McDonald Excavation Ltd., for the installation of water and sanitary services throughout Maxville
- Iron Bridge Fabrication was awarded the contract for the construction of the new Crowe River Bridge. Miller Paving and Coco Paving were awarded paving contracts in Peterborough County.
- Ontario is investing more than $9M to support 136 projects as part of the Interactive Digital Media Fund
- Pioneer Construction Inc. secured a $4.2M contract for the reconstruction of Black Rd. and Trimount Construction Group Inc. secured a $3M contract for the reconstruction of Simpson St. both in Sault Ste. Marie
- Cadillac Fairview Corp. Ltd. plans to redevelop the former Woolworth building in Toronto by adding 47,161-sq.-ft. of new retail, office and storage space
- Luxury brand Chloé will open its first Canadian standalone store in Toronto this summer
- Uride Inc., a ride-sharing service, launched in Thunder Bay
- Moncrief Construction Ltd. secured a $1.1M contract over three years from the City of Kenora to repair the Bay St. Overpass, Darlington Bay Bridge and the Norlen Bridge
- Demolition is underway at the site of Parallax Investment Corporation¿s Theory condominium project in Toronto
- Vale Canada Ltd. laid off 18 employees in various service and support staff roles in Sudbury
- Ottawa shoe retailer Armstrong & Richardson Ltd. has filed for bankruptcy, closing five stores and leaving about 25 employees out of work
- The Espanola Police Department will be disbanded, affecting 20 employees
- The Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) New to You Thrift Shop in Milverton will be closing at the end of June. In February, the organization closed second-hand stores in Stratford and St. Jacobs.
Week of Apr 16 - Apr 20, 2018
- Sanofi Pasteur Ltd. will receive up to $70M from the federal and provincial governments to establish a 150,000-sq.-ft. vaccine manufacturing facility in Toronto. The $500M project is expected to be operational by 2023, creating or sustaining 1,250 jobs.
- Food manufacturer Mondelez Canada Inc. will receive up to $22.6M from the Province of Ontario towards a $130M modernization and expansion project in Toronto, supporting 450 jobs
- Ryerson University and Sheridan College will receive $90M from the Province of Ontario and up to $150M from the City of Brampton to establish a new postsecondary campus in Brampton by 2022
- Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College will receive $90M from the Province of Ontario to establish a new postsecondary campus in Milton, near Toronto
- Construction on Phase 1 of Solmar Development Corp.¿s Edge Towers condominium project in Mississauga is expected to begin in May
- The Shorelines Casino Peterborough is under construction and will open in late summer, creating 150 jobs once completed
- Cineplex Odeon Orion Gate Cinemas in Brampton will be converted into a 45,000-sq.-ft. Playdium location with construction starting in September. The project will be completed by mid-2019, creating approximately 100 jobs.
- The Vision Group, a building products manufacturer, will receive up to $1.5M from the Province of Ontario towards an $18.2M investment in upgrades to its Vaughan facility, creating 76 jobs and retaining another 500 positions
- Kubota Canada Ltd., a marketer and distributer of heavy equipment, will invest $67M to build a new headquarters and 565,000-sq.-ft. warehouse in Pickering. Construction is scheduled to begin this fall and be completed by the end of 2019.
- The Governments of Ontario and Canada announced joint funding of $6M for Frulact Canada Inc. to help establish a new food processing facility in Kingston. The investment will create 55 new full-time positions.
- Dishon Ltd., a precision machining and manufacturing company in Vaughan, will receive up to $1.3M from the Province of Ontario towards an investment of $13.8M, creating an estimated 54 jobs primarily for engineers, programmers and machinists by 2022
- Biigtigong Nishnaabeg First Nation, located approximately 350 km northeast of Thunder Bay, will receive $24M in funding from public and private partners to build an Education Complex. Construction is scheduled to begin in August.
- Construction of SOPREMA Canada's new factory in Woodstock has begun. Upon completion, the factory will create 50 new jobs.
- The Toronto Police Service is hiring 50 operators and three supervisors at the 911 Communications Services call centre
- The Government of Ontario is partnering with Britespan Building Systems Inc., Fabric Building Covers International Inc. and Superheat FGH Technologies Inc. to create 35 new jobs in Huron-Bruce County
- The Province of Ontario is providing funding to the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance campus in Wallaceburg to help build a new power generating facility to replace aging infrastructure
- Online mattress retailer, Casper Sleep Inc., will open its headquarters and the first of two Canadian stores in Toronto. The first store is scheduled to open in May.
- Construction has begun on the $16M expansion to the Kingston Airport terminal
- Red Lake Airport will receive $10M from the Government of Canada towards capital upgrades
- Spearhead Brewing Company opened their new brewing facility in Kingston, resulting in 10 new positions
- Fred Guy Moving & Storage Ltd. has closed in Ottawa, laying off approximately 90 employees
- Health Sciences North in Sudbury eliminated 37 management and non-unionized positions
- Donaldson Filtration Solutions will close its Brockville operation in June, affecting 20 workers
- The Bank of Montreal is closing its Lansdowne branch, near Brockville, in October
- Carlton Cards Limited will close in the North Bay Mall at the end of April
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