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Labour Market Information

Information about the labour market is important when searching for work. It tells you the companies that are hiring or laying off workers, the types of jobs available in your community, occupations facing anticipated shortages and other employment trends. It also may help you decide if you need additional education or training.

Many agencies closely monitor the labour market:

  • Kingston Economic Development (KED) watches the labour market in Kingston. KED has information about major employers in Kingston, current unemployment rates, and the types of occupations typically found in this community.
  • The 1000 Islands Workforce Development Board studies labour market trends and issues in Kingston and other eastern Ontario communities. The board produces an annual Trends, Opportunities, Priorities (TOP) Report that summarizes key labour market trends and issues.
  • Service Canada issues a monthly bulletin for the Kingston-Pembroke economic region that includes employment trends, job losses and industry-specific news for different communities. The bulletin also includes up-to-date information about local housing prices and recent business news, such as the expansion of a local company.
  • Human Resources and Skills Development Canada has detailed information about national employment trends and current and projected labour market shortages across the country.
  • Statistics Canada collects and analyses information about dominant industries in Canadian communities, employment and unemployment rates, languages used in the workplace, transportation trends and other labour information.

Kingston is home to an unusually large number of public sector employers that include hospitals, school boards, government offices, federal prisons, two universities and a community college. Canadian Forces Base Kingston (includes Royal Military College) is the largest employer, followed by Queen's University, Kingston General Hospital, Limestone District School Board and Correctional Service of Canada.

In recent years, Kingston has attracted a growing number of companies involved in developing alternative or "green" energy technologies.

Most of the Kingston labour force is employed in the following areas:

  • Health care and social assistance
  • Educational services
  • Public administration
  • Retail trade
  • Accommodations and food services
  • Construction
  • Administration and support
  • Waste management and remediation

For More Information

Labour Force
An overview of Kingston’s diverse labour force, including unemployment and employment statistics and participation rates in different sectors.

Major Employers
A list of Kingston’s largest private and public sector employers and the community’s dominant industries.

The Economy (KED)
Information about the dominant industries in Kingston and the number of people employed in them. Includes information about the city’s financial rating. This link goes to the Kingston Economic Development (KED) site.

Welcome to Innovation Park
Researchers and students from Queen’s University, Royal Military College and St. Lawrence College work together with business people to commercialize discoveries.

1000 Islands Region Workforce Development Board
The Board is one of 25 in the province that gathers information on the local labour market, current issues, trends, and opportunities.

Ontario Job Futures
Ontario labour market Information about current trends and the future look of occupations in Ontario. Includes information on finding an occupation, what is a job profile, employment patterns, and how jobs are defined in Canada and Ontario. Also includes an online tool for finding available services.

Job Market Trends
Information about employment prospects in Canada, wages and salaries, the local labour market, where to get training and other resources.

Statistics Canada: Tables by subject: Employment and unemployment
Tables and statistics about the Canadian labour market, including information on employment groups, average weekly earnings, labour force participation, part-time work, economic indicators and self-employment.

What is labour market information? Do I need it?
Explanation of the labour market and how labour market information can be used to find a job.

How can I find information about salaries?
Information about salaries is available from industry organizations, trade publications and some websites. Links to sites with information about jobs, salaries, benefits and cost-of-living increases across the country.

Government of Canada Job Bank
Overview about working in Canada. Includes links to information on government, wages, taxes, important documents, challenges, and rights as well as videos and guides. Also features a number of useful tools for researching the demand and outlook for different occupations in locations across Canada as well as listing existing job opportunities.

Current Trends — Ontario Labour Market Information
The latest Ontario labour market statistics, including details on regions and cities, timely reports on trends and issues and links to popular and relevant labour market resources.

Opportunities Ontario: Foreign Workers
Work permit information for businesses wishing to recruit and hire foreign workers. Includes information and links on both the General Category (including a video) and the International Student With Job Offer streams for employers and those seeking nomination as a foreign worker. Also lists the process and documents required of both employer and employee, and how employees may extend their stay in Ontario.

See if you need a Labour Market Impact Assessment
Information on when an employer needs to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to hire a foreign worker through the federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Includes a list of worker categories for those who need a work permit but not an LMIA.

Job Bank: Job Market Trends and News
Canadian labour market news selectable by province or territory. Local Ontario labour market information by industry and/or type of event such as job creation or layoff. Also includes employment statistics, bulletins, and analysis.

Not-for-Profit Organizations in Ontario
This new bilingual website outlines everything to do with not-for-profit organizations in Ontario - including how to set one up and run one. Created by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade this site offers the first Ontario-wide funding directory that lists Ontario government grant opportunities; research about the sector; and provincial programs that support this sector.

Learn to work safe
Training tools to help you learn how to work safely – several available in different languages.

Build ON
Prepare to work in the skilled trades in Ontario. To help you find a job, this site offers one-on-one consultations with a coach, videos and documents in English and French.

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