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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Provincial / Territorial Labour Market News
Week of Jul 30 - Aug 03, 2018
- The Centre for Probe Development and Commercialization at McMaster University received $10.5M in funding from the Government of Canada to develop and manufacture radiopharmaceuticals, creating up to 200 jobs in Hamilton
- A $3.3M Government of Canada investment was matched by the Greater London Airport Authority for infrastructure upgrades at the London International Airport. The project is expected to create about 65 jobs during construction.
- Miele opened a 2,200-sq.-ft. retail space in Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Centre
- The Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute will hire four new staff members to administer an Anishinabek education support program launching this fall on Manitoulin Island
- The City of Petawawa is struggling with a doctor shortage. Currently there are seven doctors on staff at the Petawawa Centennial Family Health Clinic and there is funding for an additional doctor
- The City of Peterborough announced the sale of electricity distribution company, Peterborough Distribution Inc., to Hydro One Limited for $105M
- Kuhkenah Network (K-Net) and the Western James Bay Telecom Network will receive $6.6M and $441K, respectively, from the Government of Canada to provide new or improved high-speed Internet services to Northern Ontario
Week of Jul 23 - Jul 27, 2018
- Amazon.com, Inc. will open a new fulfillment centre in Caledon, creating more than 800 full-time jobs. It is expected to be built by the end of 2019.
- Vale Canada Ltd. will invest $42M in exploration activities in the Sudbury Basin in 2018, nearly double its 2017 budget
- The City of Windsor approved a $39M project to build 150 affordable housing units in the City's east end. Construction is expected to begin February 2019.
- Flanagan Foodservice, Inc. opened a new 180,000-sq.-ft. distribution centre in Whitby, creating 100 jobs and is hoping to create more jobs in the future
- Walmart Canada Corp. is looking to fill 100 positions for its Cornwall Distribution Hub
- Greenhouses Canada, a Lively-based designer and manufacturer of indoor cultivation systems located just outside of Sudbury, launched a cannabis division and expects to double its current staff of 20 employees within the year
- Elastic Path Software Inc. opened a new Canadian location in Markham and is currently hiring software engineers
- Revera Inc. announced the building of a new 96-bed long-term care facility in Hanover
- Chick-fil-A Inc. announced it will open a second Canadian location in Toronto next year, with plans to establish approximately 15 locations in GTA over the next five years and hiring 50 to 75 employees per location
- Jollibee, a Filipino fast-food chain, opened its second Toronto-area location in Mississauga
- The Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT), a Sudbury-based provider of skilled labour training, opened a location in Thunder Bay
- SmartCentres REIT and SmartStop Asset Management, LLC will partner to build a 100,000-sq.-ft. self-storage facility in East York. Construction is expected to start this year and be completed in late 2019.
- CARSTAR Canada Partnership, LP opened an auto repair shop in Greater Sudbury
- The City of Windsor is investing $6M in a major overhaul of the Riverfront Festival Plaza. Construction will start later this year.
- Essex County approved the $4.5M construction of bike lanes in Leamington, Kingsville, and Essex
- Phase three of a multi-year upgrade of Highway 101 through Timmins is underway with $3M in funding from the provincial government
- The Town of Mattawa will invest $1.3M on a variety of capital projects
- The Ottawa transit company, OC Transpo, will lay off 345 employees by December as the service transitions to the City's light rail transit project
- The Earl of Whitchurch Pub closed in Stouffville
Week of Jul 20 - Jul 24, 2018
Week of Jul 16 - Jul 20, 2018
- Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. has placed an order for 1,000 new high-capacity grain cars from Hamilton-based National Steel Car, creating approximately 550 new jobs
- Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. and Hydrogenics Corporation have opened the Markham Energy Storage Facility, North America's first major power-to-gas energy storage facility
- Hillcrest Mall in Richmond Hill announced several new retail tenants will open throughout the summer and into the fall, including an Indigo, Old Navy, Marshalls, and HomeSense
- Geranium Corporation will begin construction of Vista Flats and Towns in Whitchurch-Stouffville, which will total 120 condominium one-level flats and two-storey townhomes
- The Government of Canada will invest $11.5M towards the $33M Thunder Bay Art Gallery Relocation Project. Construction on the new 38,000-sq.-ft. art gallery is expected to begin in spring 2019.
- Utilities Kingston will partner with Metro Optic, Inc. and Crosslake Fibre to build a fibre optic cable system from Montreal to Toronto, with estimated completion in the second half of 2019
- The Quinte West city council has approved TaskForce Engineering's bid to construct a new Quinte West Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) headquarters. Construction will begin October 2018 and is expected to be completed by spring 2020.
- The Simcoe County District School Board will be moving ahead with the construction of a 135,700-sq.-ft. high school in southeast Barrie. It is expected to be completed by 2021.
- Construction is underway for a French-speaking public school in Welland. It is expected to be completed for the 2019-20 academic year.
- Work has started on a three-year, $17.6M project to add air-conditioning to a total of 29 Durham District School Board schools
- The City of Mississauga is hiring more than 2,500 workers for the 2018 municipal election in late October
- Toronto Community Housing will hire an additional 50 young people this summer in an effort by the City of Toronto to provide more social services and job opportunities to at-risk youth
- ABcann Medicinals Inc., a medical marijuana company, has begun a $30M expansion in Napanee to break into the recreational use market. The expansion will create 25 new positions and retain 45.
- JD Aero Technical Inc. plans to add a fourth line of aircraft maintenance work in January at its operations in Sault Ste. Marie, creating 20 jobs
- Peterborough-based start-up Zatiq, a mobile food discovery app, launched in Pakistan this summer and is planning to expand to Africa. This expansion will help create over 20 new jobs in Canada within the next six months.
- JR Certus Construction Co. Ltd. has been awarded an $8.4M contract for the King City Public Library and Seniors Centre expansion project by the King Township Council
- Burger King plans to open a restaurant location in Sault Ste. Marie
- Ruscio Masonry and Construction Ltd. will convert the former Alex Muir Public School in Sault Ste. Marie into a 16-unit residential building
- Co-opérative Régionale de Nipissing Sudbury Ltd. is hiring crop specialists and investing $1.7M to upgrade receiving and storage capacity at the Temiskaming Agriculture Centre in Thornloe
- The FedEx Ground facility in Belleville is undergoing a $1.37M expansion to improve service capabilities
- Mettko Ltd. has been contracted in the $1.1M construction of a new 3,650 sq.-ft. animal shelter in Uxbridge, which is expected to open in 2019
- Temagami First Nation will receive close to $300K to extend electrical services to Bear Island allowing for the development of a new multi-use facility and business centre, the construction of 17 homes and a ten-unit residence
- Muskoka on the Rocks, a restaurant located just outside of Huntsville, is looking to hire kitchen, dishwasher and bartender staff for full- and part-time seasonal and permanent positions
- APANS Health Services will be laying off approximately 45 registered practical nurses and personal support workers at its Copper Terrace Long Term Care facility in Chatham
- The Toronto-based Canadian Space Commerce Association, aimed at promoting Canadian companies involved in the space industry, has declared itself insolvent and has ceased operations
- The Pearl King restaurant has closed in downtown Toronto
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