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High Demand Career Areas

​​Canada, is a growing country, and many of our skilled and knowledgeable workers are approaching retirement and leaving the labour force Our businesses and organizations are also growing to meet these demands and adapt to a global economy. This growth and evolution of the labour force presents tremendous opportunity for the next generation of job seekers who have the skills and education to fill job vacancies and adapt to new positions.. 

In 2016, the Canadian population grew by 5% since 2011.  Ontario grew by 4.6%, and Simcoe County grew by 7.5%, exceeding both the national and provincial average (Statistics Canada, 2016 Census). 

Some of the municipalities in Simcoe County grew by as much as 14 – 26%. 

There are four distinct economic areas in Simcoe County.  South Simcoe, the area closest to the GTA, is invested heavily in both automotive manufacturing and agriculture.  Honda Canada has two plants in Alliston, and a number of Tier II and III suppliers exist in this area of the County.  West Simcoe is heavily invested in the tourism industry:  Wasaga Beach is a magnet for tourists during the summer months, and Collingwood's resorts serve the ski and golf industries year round.  The City of Barrie maintains a strong manufacturing and warehousing base, and is the central retail district for the area.  Additionally, the City is establishing a position in data management centres with the Bank of Montreal and TD Bank as recent additions to this growing industry.  IBM has recently announced intentions to build a 210 M research facility in Barrie.  The Royal Victoria Regional Care Centre is under expansion, including the development of a new regional cancer care facility. The City of Orillia has established a niche in post-secondary education, with the establishment of a Lakehead University campus and the provincial training centre for the Ontario Provincial Police.  OPP Headquarters are also stationed in Orillia.  Adjacent to Orillia, the Township of Ramara is home to Casino Rama, a major tourist attraction.

To learn more about our regional economy visit our Economic Development Office website.

Listed below are some occupations expected to increase to meet business needs over the next few years.    

Projected Occupational Growth in Education Related Fields -Simcoe County)

Occupation 2017 Jobs 2024 Jobs Change % Change
Registered Nurse and Registered Psychiatric Nurses 4,110 4,477 367 9%
Transportation 3,647 3,868 221 6%
Sales and Account Representatives ; wholesale trade 3,419 3,667 248 7%
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates 3,095 3,332 238 8%
Retail Sales Supervisors 2,594 2,876 282 11%
Administrative Officers 2,574 2,828 254 10%
Early Childhood Educators and Assistants 2,424 2,609 185 8%
Construction trades 2,332 2,615 283 12%
Customer and Information Services 2,342 2,491 150 6%
Financial Auditors and Accountants 2,286 2,485 199 9%
Social and Community Service Workers 2,157 2,422 265 12%
Secondary and Elementary school teachers and educational counsellors           2,516 2,650 134 5%
Cooks 2,110 2,201 90 4%
Accounting technicians and bookkeepers 2,093 2,161 68 3%
Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants 1,434 1,564 130 9%
Information systems analysts and consultants 1,358 1,484 125 9%
Contractors and supervisors, construction            1,368 1,478 110 8%
Professional occupations in advertising, marketing, and public relations 1,181 1,330 148 13%
Construction Millwrights and Industrial mechanics 1,250 1,331 80 6%
Electricians (residential, commercial) 1,231 1,315 84 7%
Contractors and Supervisors, mechanic trades 1,062 1,134 71 7%
Computer Programmers and interactive media Developers 1,018 1,083 65 6%
Accommodation Managers 852 941 89 10%
Computer Network Technicians 657 726 70 11%
Supervisors, finance and insurance 576 662 85 15%
Human Resources Managers 479 546 67 14%
Other Professional Engineers (n.e.c.) 439 505 66 15%
Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians 402 484 82 20%

*Source: Emsi Q3 2016 Data Set/www.economicmodeling.com

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development

Simcoe County supports its students with entrepreneurial ideas and small business development process. If you are wondering how to establish a small business in Canada, start by visiting Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre at Georgian College, where you can find information on business loans, funding resources, community business events, local business news, and how to get your business started.