Job prospects Cabinetmaker in Ontario

Job opportunities for Cabinetmakers (NOC 7272) are fair in Ontario over the next 3 years. This job outlook is also applicable to people working as a cabinetmaker.

Note that the current 2019-2021 employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. We are working to update this information as soon as possible. In the meantime, visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation. You can also read our newly updated sectoral profiles to learn about recent developments for key economic sectors in your region.

Job opportunities in Ontario

Outlook over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be fair for Cabinetmakers (NOC 7272) in Ontario for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are several unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Furniture manufacturers that produce household, institutional and kitchen cabinets employ the majority of workers in this occupation. Total employment in this segment of furniture manufacturing has increased in recent years. A lot of the demand for household and institutional furniture, as well as kitchen cabinets depends on local markets. Population growth in some of the province's largest urban centres will likely continue to support steady levels of residential construction. Home builders and developers have contracts with cabinetmakers to install full kitchens for multiple sites and units., This will create an ongoing need for household furniture and cabinets, which may improve job prospects in this field. The strong Toronto condominium market has also created a growing need for smaller space-saving furniture, leading to some opportunities for niche manufacturers. In addition, homeowners have been spending more on household renovations, which could raise the demand for these goods. These factors should help sustain some work for furniture manufacturers and support job opportunities for these workers over the forecast period.

A smaller share of cabinetmakers are employed by manufacturers of office furniture. Unlike household and institutional furniture, the demand for office furniture often comes from outside of Ontario as manufacturers export most of these goods. A large share of the province's furniture exports go to the United States. Despite some areas of growth, a rise in imported furniture products from lower cost regions has hurt the domestic furniture manufacturing industry. Ongoing competition from foreign manufacturers may continue to weigh down employment growth in this occupation.

Furniture manufacturers may prefer workers with flexible skill sets that can adapt to different roles. Cabinetmaker is a skilled trade in Ontario. Although certification is voluntary, individuals who have completed an apprenticeship may fare better in the job market. Candidates with over three years of experience in this field may also have better opportunities. A fair amount of opportunities are also available for self-employment in this occupation.

Here are some key facts about Cabinetmakers in the Ontario region:

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