Canadian employer survey reveals where the hiring will (and won’t) be over the coming months

New information on the Canadian job market indicates which regions and sectors can expect robust hiring – and which areas are falling behind.

The latest Labour Force Survey from Statistics Canada released just last Friday showed that the Canadian economy had added a surprising 55,000 new jobs in May. Most of those were in full-time private sector jobs.

Just this morning the employment experts at Manpower put out their Employment Outlook Survey for Q3, offering a closer look at the hiring intentions of Canadian Employers. The survey of 1,900 employers from across the country reveals a modest hiring climate for the next few months.

Seventeen per cent for employers surveyed plan to increase their staffing levels in the third quarter of 2017, while four per cent anticipate cutbacks. The majority, 78 per cent, expect to maintain their current staffing levels, and one per cent don’t know what their hiring plans are for the summer and fall are yet.

This report indicates a slight increase in hiring, both over Q2 of this year and over the same period last year.

“The overall tone for the third quarter is one of cautious optimism,” said Darlene Minatel, Vice President, Manpower Canada Operations & Strategic Accounts. “While the economy is still recovering from the effects of low oil prices, we’re seeing slow but steady job growth in many urban areas across the country, a positive sign for the months ahead.”

Where the jobs will (and won’t) be

Industries predicting the most hiring for Q3 of 2017

  • Public Administration
  • Transportation & Public Utilities
  • Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate

Industries predicting the least hiring

  • Manufacturing Non-Durables
  • Construction
  • Services

Regions expecting to see increased hiring in Q3 of 2017

  • Halifax, NS
  • Kitchener, ON
  • Mississauga, ON
  • London, ON
  • Hamilton, ON
  • Burlington/Oakville, ON

Areas expecting the least hiring

  • Charlottetown, PI
  • Cape Breton Area, NS
  • Durham Region, ON
  • St. John’s, NF
  • Fredericton, NB
  • Cornwall, ON

Large and medium-sized companies expect to do the most hiring

Large (250+ employees) and medium (50-249 employees) organizations report the most positive hiring plans for the upcoming quarter. Small organizations (10-49 employees) indicate modest hiring, while micro-sized organizations (1-9 employees) expect a slow hiring pace.

The results are summarized in the infographic below. Click the image to view a full-sized version. You can also read the full report at or download the PDF.

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