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Workforce Planning for Sudbury & Manitoulin

Workforce Planning for Sudbury & Manitoulin (WPSM) conducts research and provides labour market information on industry and workforce trends from both a supply and demand perspective. WPSM connects stakeholders from various sectors, collaborates on partnership projects, activities and programs to address current and emerging labour market issues, and supports economic growth and development.

City of Greater Sudbury

City of Greater Sudbury

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District of Sudbury

District of Sudbury

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District of Manitoulin

District of Manitoulin

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Hiring and Apprentice Made Easy

Annual online job vacancies report for 2019


Greater Sudbury:NEW

  • 9804 online job postings
  • 27.8% were sales and services occupations
  • 65.5% were full-time jobs

Sudbury District:

  • 316 online job postings
  • 29.4% were sales and services occupations 
  • 57.9% were full-time jobs

Manitoulin District:

  • 420 online job postings
  • 21.2% were other/unidentified occupations 
  • 23.1% were full-time jobs
Hiring and Apprentice Made Easy

Becoming a Tradesperson in Ontario...


  • Why choose a career in the trades?
  • Training and education required
  • How to enter an apprenticeship program
  • Key steps to becoming a tradesperson
Use of Employment Services 2015 – 2016

Local Labour Market Plan 2019-2020

Greater Sudbury:

  • 11,498 businesses
  • 80% are micro-enterprises (0-4 employees)
  •  Total immigrant population – 6.3% of total populationNEW

District of Manitoulin:

  • 1,088 businesses
  •  81% are micro-enterprises (0-4 employees)
  • Total immigrant population – 3.9% of total population

District of Sudbury:

  • 1,484 businesses
  • 81% are micro-enterprises (0-4 employees)
  • Total immigrant population – 3.7% of total population


Employerone survey results

A Survey of Personal Support Workers (PSWs) in Greater Sudbury

Survey results show that

Personal Support Workers (PSWs):

    • enter the profession because they care about people
    • feel they are overworked, underpaid and undervaluedNEW
    • endure a lot of challenges with difficult clients, physical injury and verbal abuse
    • are often not seen as part of the healthcare team
    • more than ½ plan to leave the profession in the next 5 years
Employerone survey results

The Skilled Trades Workforce - changes between 2016 and 2018 for Greater Sudbury, and the Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin

According to Ontario College of Trades data:

  • Journeypersons in 2018
    • 4,342 (up from 4,305 in 2016)NEW
    • Average age in most active trades: 51.0
  • Apprentices in 2018
    • 1,331 (down from 1,670 in 2016)
    • Average age in most active trades: 27.2
  • Skilled trade with the most journeypersons in 2018
    • 885 Automotive Service Technicians
    • Average age: 52
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