2014-15 Labour Market Plan

Labour Market Ottawa is pleased to announce that our 2014-15 Labour Market Plan, published in October 2014, is now available below.

The Plan provides analyses of the latest statistics for key local labour market indicators, as well as highlights from consultations on our four priority sectors, and a three-year local labour market action plan.

More detailed sector reports will be published later this fall.

We would like to thank our two committees and other partners for their contributions to this report and look forward to continuing our work in the coming years.

Oct 2014 Labour Market Plan

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Labour Market Ottawa facilitates local labour market planning with Ottawa’s employers, service providers and other key stakeholders, and is funded by Employment Ontario.


  • Ottawa’s Labour Force – While Ottawa has a lower unemployment ratethan the national and provincial averages, as well as compared to Toronto, this gap is narrowing as Ottawa’s unemployment rate has not seen the same decreases as other areas.  Overall, the number of unemployed people in Ottawa increased by 20% in the last five years, with the most dramatic increases coming from 2011 to 2012.  In contrast, the total employed workforce, as well as the working age population, increased by only 5% from 2009-2013, indicating that the growth in number of unemployed is greater than would otherwise be expected in a healthy labour market.
  • Education Trends – Ottawa still maintains a highly educated workforce.  71% of the population aged 15 and over has post-secondary education or training.  35% has completed a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 23% across Ontario.  Looking at Ottawa’s key population groups, we see that 62% of the Ottawa area’s aboriginal population has completed some post-secondary education, as well as 65% of recent immigrants.  These two groups’ education figures are more in line with the overall averages than might be expected.  Notably, 22% of recent immigrants in Ottawa have a post-graduate degree beyond a bachelor’s.
  • Industry landscape and occupations in Ottawa – The public administration sector provides roughly 20% of total local employment; however, this sector posted a decline in total jobs of 8,448 from 2011 to 2013, representing a net 7% loss in public sector employment, and is in keeping with expected federal government cuts.  On the occupation side, general health occupations saw the greatest increase in jobs, up 18% from 2011 to 2013.  Sales and service occupations, which include 20% of total workers in Ottawa, also posted a large increase in jobs between 2011 and 2013.
  • Priority sectors – The report includes information on occupations and business trends, as well as highlights from our sector-based consultations, on Labour Market Ottawa’s four identified priority sectors:  Information, Communication & Technology (broadened to Science and Tech); Health Care and Social Assistance; Construction; and, Hospitality and Tourism.
  • EO Client Snapshot – 29% of the unemployed population becameemployment services (ES) assisted clients in 2013-14, up from 25% for the previous fiscal year.  The greatest increase by age group came from those aged 15-24 years, 22% of whom visited Employment Ontario centres in 2013-2014, up from just 13% in 2012-2013.  This might point to the success of the Youth Employment Fund, which was targeted towards 15-29 year olds.


  1. Ongoing Local Labour Market Planning – Labour Market Ottawa continues to serve as a hub for local labour market information and further engages employers and service providers in local labour market planning.
  2. Employer Engagement (service coordination from the perspective of employer as client) – Labour Market Ottawa leads the implementation of the actions to be developed jointly by service providers and funders in March 2015 to enhance the experience of employers as “clients” of Employment Ontario and broader employment-related service providers across Ottawa.
  3. ŽService Coordination (service coordination from the perspective of job seeker as client) – Labour Market Ottawa continues to lead the implementation of actions identified in the three-year service coordination plan and facilitates the ongoing planning process to build on the actions taken in 2014-15 and address any gaps in the coordination of services for job seekers.