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.
(To access archived Labour Market Bulletins not appearing on this webpage, please contact us).
- December 2017 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 248 KB)
- November 2017 | (PDF, 286 KB)
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- September 2017 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 248 KB)
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- June 2017 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 248 KB)
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- April 2017 | (PDF, 325 KB)
- March 2017 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 456 KB)
- February 2017 | (PDF, 325 KB)
- January 2017 | (PDF, 336 KB)
- Annual Edition 2016 | (PDF, 396 KB)
- December 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 341 KB)
- November 2016 | (PDF, 287 KB)
- October 2016 | (PDF, 287 KB)
- September 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 351 KB)
- August 2016 | (PDF, 612 KB)
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- June 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 772 KB)
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- March 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 280 KB)
- February 2016 | (PDF, 277 KB)
- January 2016 | (PDF, 248 KB)
- Annual Edition 2015 | (PDF, 344 KB)
- December 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 647 KB)
- November 2015 | (PDF, 248 KB)
- October 2015 | (PDF, 248 KB)
- September 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 647 KB)
- August 2015 | (PDF, 588 KB)
- July 2015 | (PDF, 683 KB)
- June 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 683 KB)
- Annual Edition 2014 | (PDF, 687 KB)
Provincial / Territorial Labour Market News
Week of Feb 05 - Feb 09, 2018
- Lowe's Companies Canada ULC is hiring approximately 7,000 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees this spring in Canada. Approximately 3,300 jobs will be in Ontario.
- Bombardier Inc. announced a new production line at its Millhaven plant in Kingston, resulting in approximately 100 new positions
- Construction is underway on a $100M two-storey expansion of the Manulife Centre in Toronto.
- Several retailers opened at Union Station in Toronto and are among 100+ retailers and restaurants expected to open over the coming months
- EllisDon Infrastructure MGH Inc. secured a $411M contract from the Province of Ontario towards renovations and a new patient care tower at the Michael Garron Hospital in Toronto. Construction is expected to be substantially completed by September 2023.
- The federal and provincial governments, as well as the City of Ottawa, are investing $74M+ into building 675 affordable housing units in Ottawa
- Michael Bros. Excavating began work at the site of Diamond Corp. and Camrost Felcorp¿s Blue Diamond condos at Imperial Plaza condominium project in Toronto.
- Drewlo Holdings Inc., a London based real estate developer, is expecting to start construction on an $80M residential development in downtown Kitchener by spring 2019
- William F. White International Inc., a film and television production services company, is opening a permanent office and warehouse in Sudbury
- Nordmin Engineering Ltd. in Thunder Bay announced the launch of Nordmin Constructors, a new contracting company focused on providing engineering, procurement, construction management and general contracting services
- The 1885 Wine & Whisky Room Bar opened in Kenora
- The Twisted Wheel, a bar, lounge and music venue, will open in Peterborough in March
- SkipTheDishes Restaurant Services Inc. started offering food delivery services in Peterborough
- Henry's Fish Restaurant, located on Georgian Bay near San Souci Island, will reopen under new ownership in May and is hiring
- Indigo Books & Music Inc., a book retailer, is closing its Chapters location on Gateway Park Dr. and will open Indigo locations on Fairway Rd and in the Cambridge Centre Mall in Kitchener
- Plant Matter Bistro, a vegan restaurant, opened in London
- Collège Boréal in Sudbury will phase-out 12 programs beginning September 2018, affecting six full-time faculty members and up to three part-time contract staff. Job losses are expected to be mitigated by attrition and/or reassignments.
- The North West Co. Inc. will close the Nakina Northern Store in the Municipality of Greenstone
Week of Jan 29 - Feb 02, 2018
- Miovision Technologies, a traffic solutions company, moved to Catalyst137, a new Internet of Things innovation centre in Kitchener creating and retaining 384 positions
- The Toddglen Group of Companies began below grade construction on Tower Hill Development Corp.'s 2221 Yonge condominium project in Toronto with completion scheduled in 2019
- The Ontario Gaming GTA LP is expanding the Great Blue Heron Casino in Port Perry with the construction of a new hotel, live music venue and a 20,000-sq.-ft. addition. Construction is scheduled to begin this spring and be completed by the end of 2018.
- Trend Micro Canada Technologies Inc. and Telus Corp. plan to establish a cybersecurity research lab in Toronto by mid-year. The project is expected to grow to 100 employees within two years.
- Premier Gold Mines Ltd. plans to invest $37.9M in 2018 to advance development at its Greenstone Gold property near Geraldton
- Three schools in the Ottawa area received funding from the Ontario Ministry of Education for capital projects, including the construction of a six-classroom addition and a daycare
- Bonduelle Ontario Inc., a food processing plant, is hiring 40 full time workers to help with its expansion in Tecumseh
- Tisdale Bus Lines Ltd., a charter bus service, is expanding into Thunder Bay
- The Thunder Bay Art Gallery, the Lakehead Transportation Museum Society and the City of Thunder Bay will receive nearly $6.2M from the Government of Ontario towards three waterfront development projects at Prince Arthur's Landing at Marina Park
- Quesada Burritos and Tacos opened a new location in Chatham, hiring 20 people to date
- Twenty job vacancies remain for pilots and flight attendants at Porter Airlines Inc.'s new crew base in Thunder Bay International Airport
- Construction is expected to start soon on a new Starbucks location in Leamington
- The Sudbury Downtown Indie Cinema Co-op will receive $293K from the Province of Ontario to repurpose the gym at the former St. Louis de Gonzague School into a cinema and multi-use arts venue
- CIMA Canada Inc. secured a contract valued at $111K from the City of North Bay to repair the Birch's Road Standpipe and Re-chlorination Station
- Mary Brown's Chicken & Taters Inc. opened in Peterborough
- The Salty Pig CO. CHON restaurant opened in Kapuskasing
- Armagh House, a transitional housing program for women in Mississauga, will receive $5.3M from the Region of Peel to construct 10 residential units over 12 months
- Dr. Oetker Canada Ltd. is hiring 100 workers at its London frozen pizza manufacturing plant after it announced the closure of its plant in New Brunswick
- Chemours Canada Company, a chemical manufacturer, will begin ceasing operations at their Maitland plant in October 2018, resulting in 33 layoffs
- Eat Local Sudbury Co-operative's downtown store will close as of March 1
- Shortman Brown's menswear will close by the end of March after nearly 90 years in business in Toronto, affecting five full time employees
Week of Jan 22 - Jan 26, 2018
- Diamond Aircraft Industries Inc. plans to add 120 positions in 2018, with further expansion plans in the future
- STRABAG Inc., in partnership with EllisDon Capital Inc., secured a $117M contract from the Government of Ontario including the construction of a train tunnel with completion expected in 2021
- FPInnovations will receive over $5.8M from the Government of Canada towards the construction of a $21M bio-refinery demonstration plant at Resolute Forest Products' pulp and paper mill in Thunder Bay
- Construction is underway on the first phase of the CIBC Square office and retail development in downtown Toronto by Ivanhoé Cambridge and Hines Canada
- With an investment from the Government of Ontario, two new public schools will be constructed in London, with several other schools receiving funding for renovations
- With an investment from the Government of Ontario, three new schools will be constructed in the Kingston area, with several other schools receiving funding for renovations
- Skygrid Construction Inc. is set to begin work on RioCan Real Estate Investment Trusts' 740 Dupont Street residential development in Toronto designed by Turner Fleischer Architects Inc.
- Sargent Farms Ltd. will invest $10M over three years to retrofit its chicken processing facility in Milton beginning this spring
- Kenalex Construction Co. Ltd. secured a $4.8M contract from the City of North Bay to construct the Cedar Heights standpipe beginning this spring
- Hiring will begin shortly for the Inn at Gore Bay and Living Edge restaurant expected to open this spring on Manitoulin Island
- MUJI Canada Ltd. will open a store in Scarborough Town Centre in March
- Lot 88 Steakhouse & Bar is hiring associates and a manager for its new location in North Bay
- Campbell Co. of Canada will shutter its manufacturing facility in Etobicoke over the next 18 months resulting in 380 layoffs. The company's headquarters will move to a new location in the Greater Toronto Area.
- The Napanee Chill Zone has closed, a community youth space in Napanee
- The Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre in Owen Sound will host a job fair on February 28
- Sutherland Global Services Inc., a business services provider, is looking to fill 60 positions in technical customer service roles in Sault Ste. Marie
Week of Jan 15 - Jan 19, 2018
- The governments of Canada and Ontario will invest up to $100M in Linamar Corporation, a Guelph-based automotive parts manufacturer, creating 1,500 new jobs and retaining 8,000 other positions
- The Province of Ontario is hiring up to 175 new employment standards officers
- The Government of Canada is investing $1M from the Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) in Lakeside Plastics Ltd. of Tecumseth to develop innovative new molding processes for vehicles, creating 60 jobs
- SAIL, a Canadian outdoor retailer, will open in the new IKEA London location, creating 100 jobs
- The Government of Ontario is investing $1M in DESCH Canada Ltd., a power transmission manufacturer. The investment is expected to create 30 new positions.
- Woodbridge Foam Corporation will hire 20 more people at their Blenheim plant due to a new contract with Jeep Chrysler
- The Dollar Store opened in Elliot Lake employing up to 15 part-time workers
- The Government of Ontario is investing $170M in a new bus rapid transit corridor in London. Construction is expected to start on the east corridor in 2020.
- Eight automotive parts suppliers in Ontario will collectively receive $21.1M from the Government of Canada towards research and development
- A new Smart Centre shopping plaza will open in summer 2018 in Orléans, with Indigo and Marshalls Canada as confirmed tenants
- The Ontario Northland Transportation Commission is expanding bus service to 20 new communities in Northeastern Ontario
- Construction is underway on a 221-unit condominium development by Red Ginger Developments Inc. in Oakville
- Construction is underway on the Vita on the Lake condominium project by Mattamy Homes and The Biddington Group in Etobicoke
- The North East Local Health Integration Network will invest $1.65M to establish Rapid Access Addiction Medicine Clinics in Sault Ste. Marie, North Bay and Timmins, and expand existing operations in Sudbury
- W.S. Morgan Construction Ltd. secured a $1.2M contract from the Town of Parry Sound to replace the roof of the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts. Work is expected to begin immediately.
- J.G. Fitzgerald & Sons Ltd. secured a $214K contract from the City of North Bay to replace the roof on the Pete Palangio Arena
- The North Star Diner opened in North Bay
- Employment Halton will hold a job fair on February 7, 2018 at the Halton Regional Centre Auditorium in Oakville
- The Employment Services Centre will hold two job fair events on March 17 and March 24, in Hawkesbury and Rockland, respectively
- Transcom Canada, a customer service provider, will close its Barrie operation this spring affecting about 280 employees
- Shaw Communications Inc., will close its Freedom Mobile call centre in Windsor, affecting 130 people
- Transcom Canada, a customer service provider, will close their Brockville location this spring, resulting in around 80 layoffs
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