Apprenticeable Occupations and the Employment Downturn in Canada (2011)

Education Matters: Insights on Education, Learning and Training in Canada, November 2010, Vol 7, No. 4

In this article, published by Statistics Canada, the author uses data from the Labour Force Survey to explore changes in employment in apprenticeable occupations over the period between 2008 and 2010, comparing those changes with the changes observed in all other occupations combined.

Between 2000 and 2008, Canada had enjoyed steady, rapid employment growth. Subsequently, as a result of the global economic downturn, Canada's labour market suffered substantial employment losses, particularly in late 2008 and the first few months of 2009.

The decrease in employment between October 2008 and October 2009 was larger in apprenticeable occupations than in all other occupations. It had the greatest impact on welders, exterior finishing occupations, machinists, carpenters, and heavy equipment and crane operators, including drillers.

The under-25 age group, males, and workers born in Canada experienced the largest declines among workers in apprenticeable occupations. The employment decline for males and workers born in Canada was due to their heavy concentration in industries that experienced the largest employment decreases between October 2008 and October 2009. In addition, apprenticeable occupations lost proportionately twice as many permanent jobs as other occupations.

The increase in employment between October 2009 and October 2010 favoured workers in apprenticeable occupations more than workers in other occupations. Further research is needed to determine the extent to which these employment gains reflect infrastructure spending encouraged by governments to help revitalize the economy; business reinvestment; or the increase in household spending in 2010 that resulted from greater confidence in Canada's economic situation.

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Louise Desjardins. Apprenticeable Occupations and the Employment Downturn in Canada 2011. Web. 28 Jun. 2022 <>
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