Job outlook 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 outlooks are applicable to all Conference and event planners (NOC 1226).

Job opportunities over the next 3 years

Explore future job prospects by province and territory.

Location Job outlook
Newfoundland and Labrador Fair
Prince Edward Island Fair
Nova Scotia Fair
New Brunswick Fair
Quebec Fair
Ontario Good
Manitoba Good
Saskatchewan Good
Alberta Limited
British Columbia Good
Yukon Territory Undetermined
Northwest Territories Undetermined
Nunavut 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 2017-2026 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 2017-2026 at the national level. The section below contains more detailed information regarding the outlook for this occupational group.
Employment in 2016
Median age of workers in 2016
Average retirement age in 2016

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 (2017-2026) 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 2017-2026. 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 2014-2016 period, employment growth in this occupational group was faster than the average for all occupations. The unemployment rate stayed mostly stable at 7.7% in 2016, slightly above the national average of 7.0%. The average hourly wage increased at a rate similar to the average for all occupations during this period. 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 2014-2016 period.

For Conference and event planners, over the period 2017-2026, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 9,600, while 10,700 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 superior to job openings, creating a surplus of workers over the 2017-2026 period. The majority of job openings are projected to arise from expansion demand. Indeed, 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 will slow down 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. However, the retirement rate for this occupation is expected to be lower than the average projected for all occupations, as workers are generally younger than in other occupations. This low retirement rate, despite the high employment growth, will greatly limit the number of job openings over the projection period and hence lead to a labour surplus. 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, a number of immigrants will also seek employment in this occupation. While some workers are expected to leave this occupation for another, it will not be enough to eliminate the surplus.

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