Job prospects Carpenter near Ottawa (ON)

Explore current and future job prospects for Carpenters near Ottawa (ON). These trends also apply to people working as a carpenter.

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.

Recent trends

Balanced labour market

The prospect of finding work in this occupation was fair over the past few years (2016-2018). The number of job openings was about the same as the number of workers available.

Source Labour Market Information | Recent Trends Methodology

Job prospects

Outlook over the next 3 years
Good Good

The employment outlook will be good for Carpenters (NOC 7271) in the Ottawa region for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

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

Sizeable investments in public infrastructure, transit, and warehousing will support non-residential building activity. Construction will continue on the region's transit network with Stage 2 of the Confederation Line Extension Project and the Trillium Line Extension Project set to begin. This is one of the biggest infrastructure projects taking place across eastern Ontario and it is a major source of work for the industry. Growth in downtown Ottawa's technology hub along with improved transit may create opportunities in the commercial market to meet population growth. Housing starts should be rather positive in the near term. The low-rise market will see much of the activity as housing starts for multi-unit dwellings may ease as several projects are currently under construction and will come online over the next two years.

Here are some key facts about Carpenters in the Ottawa region:

  • Approximately 3,540 people work in this occupation.
  • Carpenters mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Construction (NAICS 23): 86%
  • Source Labour Market Information | Outlook Methodology

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