Job outlook Carpenter in Ontario

Job opportunities for Carpenters (NOC 7271) are fair in Ontario over the next 3 years. This job outlook is also applicable to people working as a carpenter.

Job opportunities in Ontario

Outlook over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be fair for Carpenters (NOC 7271) in Ontario 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 moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

The majority of carpenters work across the construction industry, with a large number in residential building construction and as specialty trade contractors.

This is one of the larger skilled trades in the province. The demand for workers in this occupation will remain positive over the forecast period, as the construction industry should see a fair level of activity. Although regulatory changes may soften the housing market, higher population growth in Ontario will continue to support residential development in certain areas. There is ongoing demand for high-rise developments, such as condominiums and rental properties in urban centres. Further, changes to the Ontario Building Code to allow wood-framed mid-rise buildings may increase the demand for carpentry services. There may also be a growing need for these tradespersons to perform renovation and maintenance work for households and businesses, and provide historical restoration services. On the non-residential side, steady commercial activity, a few large industrial projects, and infrastructure investments in educational and healthcare facilities, and highways and bridges, will lead to some opportunities in this occupation. In particular, large-scale transit projects may require carpentry services to build concrete forming systems as well as new stations and terminals.

There are two voluntary skilled trades associated with this occupation in Ontario–general carpenter and wooden boat rebuilder. Although this is not a mandatory skilled trade, it appears that a fair number of employers either require trade certification or several years of hands-on experience in order to secure employment. As such, this may focus the labour pool on those with formal training as a general carpenter or those with extensive knowledge in this trade through industry courses or practical work. The number of registered apprenticeship certificates has been steady overall for the carpenters' trade group in Ontario over the last decade. Looking ahead, this trade group continues to attract a rather high number of registrations, with a steady flow over the past several years.

Individuals that can work in various settings such as residential installation, non-residential formwork, and remodelling, may have better job prospects as they can work across multiple areas. In particular, those with experience in historical restoration could see better job opportunities. Employers may also prefer candidates with experience in a particular field of carpentry such as general carpentry, rough carpentry, finish carpentry, framing, and formwork. Self-employment may be another avenue to secure work, as it is rather common in this field. Carpenters often have to travel to various sites so a valid driver's licence may be required. Job seekers will also need to be familiar with applicable Building Codes and safety protocols such as the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS). There is some seasonality associated with this occupation with more opportunities during the spring and summer months. Tradespersons who work at heights must complete a provincially required working at heights training program.

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

  • Approximately 39,900 people work in this occupation.
  • Carpenters mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Construction (NAICS 23): 85%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 91% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 9% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 52% of carpenters work all year, while 48% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 33 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • 32% of carpenters are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.

Breakdown by region

Explore job prospects in Ontario by economic region.

Location Job outlook
Hamilton–Niagara Peninsula Region Fair
Kingston–Pembroke Region Fair
Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie Region Fair
London Region Fair
Muskoka–Kawarthas Region Good
Northeast Region Fair
Northwest Region Fair
Ottawa Region Good
Stratford–Bruce Peninsula Region Good
Toronto Region Fair
Windsor-Sarnia Region Fair
Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

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Labour market conditions across Canada

We expect that the labour supply and demand for Carpenters (NOC 7271) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.

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