Job prospects Conference And Meeting Planner in Canada

People working as a conference and meeting planner have different job prospects depending on where they work in Canada. Find out what the future holds for them in your province or territory. These prospects are applicable to all Conference and event planners (NOC 1226).

Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.

Job opportunities over the next 3 years

Explore future job prospects by province and territory.

Location Job prospects
Newfoundland and Labrador Fair Fair
Prince Edward Island Fair Fair
Nova Scotia Fair Fair
New Brunswick Fair Fair
Quebec Fair Fair
Ontario Good Good
Manitoba Good Good
Saskatchewan Good Good
Alberta Limited Limited
British Columbia Good Good
Yukon Territory Undetermined Undetermined
Northwest Territories Undetermined Undetermined
Nunavut Undetermined Undetermined
Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

Take a closer look at the projected labour demand and supply for this occupation over the 2019-2028 period. For more information on future job trends, go to the Canadian Occupational Projections System.


SURPLUS: This occupational group is expected to face labour surplus conditions over the period of 2019-2028 at the national level. The section below contains more detailed information regarding the outlook for this occupational group.

Employment in 2018


Median age of workers in 2018


Average retirement age in 2018


Detailed analysis

In order to determine the expected outlook of an occupation, the magnitude of the difference between the projected total numbers of new job seekers and job openings over the whole projection period (2019-2028) is analyzed in conjunction with an assessment of labour market conditions in recent years. The intention is to determine if recent labour market conditions (surplus, balance or shortage) are expected to persist or change over the period 2019-2028. For instance, if the analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was insufficient to fill the job openings (a shortage of workers) in an occupational group in recent years, the projections are used to assess if this situation will continue over the projection period or if the occupation will move towards balanced conditions.

Over the 2016-2018 period, employment in this occupational group grew steadily and at a faster pace than the average for all occupations. This led to a decline in the unemployment rate reaching 4.8% in 2018, below the national average of 5.8%. Over this period, the number of job vacancies remained stable. Despite the low unemployment rate, the number of unemployed workers per job vacancy was above the average for all occupations, suggesting that the vacancies were being filled without strong constrains. Hence, analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupational group over the 2016-2018 period.

For Conference and event planners, over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 10,200 , while 13,500 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them.

Although this occupational group has had a balanced market in recent years, projected job seekers are expected to be substantially higher to job openings, creating a surplus of workers over the 2019-2028 period. Despite relatively strong employment growth, the majority of job openings are projected to arise from retirement. The retirement rate for this occupation is expected to be slightly lower than the average projected for all occupations. Workers are generally younger than in other occupations, but they also tend to retire at a younger age. Job creation arising from economic growth is expected to be higher than the national average over the projection period, in line with the trend observed since the 2000s. In spite of technological developments facilitating online communications, which can limit employment growth in this occupational group, conferences, reunions, trade fairs, festivals and other related events are expected to remain important activities for businesses, especially those involved in the knowledge economy. For instance, knowledge sharing, skills development and networking activities are all expected to continue to increase over the projection period. With regard to labour supply, the vast majority of job seekers are expected to come from the school system. In fact, the number of school leavers is expected to exceed the number of job openings over the projection period. Additionally, given the lack of regulatory requirements, a number of immigrants will also seek employment in this occupation.

Source Canadian Occupational Projections System – ESDC

Labour Market Information Survey
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