Job prospects Light Duty Cleaner in Ontario
Job opportunities for Light duty cleaners (NOC 6731) are good in Ontario over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a light duty cleaner.
Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.
Job opportunities in Ontario
The employment outlook will be good for Light duty cleaners (NOC 6731) in Ontario for the 2019-2021 period.
The following factors contributed to this outlook:
- Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
- Several positions will become available due to retirements.
- There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
- High employee turnover in this occupation could lead to additional employment opportunities.
- Due to the seasonal nature of this occupation, employment opportunities tend to be more favourable during the summer months.
Employment in this occupation has remained steady for the past few years. Nearly half of Ontario's light duty cleaners are employed by companies providing services to buildings and dwellings. Labour market prospects in this industry is expected to remain stable due to growth in the population and in the number of residential and commercial buildings in the province.
Traveller accommodation services such as hotels directly employ the second highest share of these workers. The hotel industry continuously attracts new investments, which should also support favourable demand for this occupation, although the rise of personal accommodation services from websites such as Airbnb have dampened growth.
The health care and social assistance industry, including hospitals and nursing and residential care facilities, is another key employer. New health care facilities and investment in infrastructure and refurbishment will help generate additional job openings for these workers. However, the provincial health care sector seems poised for significant reforms to its system over the next few years, due to the phasing out of Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) and the introduction of Ontario Health Teams (OHTs).
This occupation has low educational requirements, an aging workforce and the work is physically demanding. As a result, high turnover is expected, creating a significant amount of job opportunities. Light duty cleaners who have a valid driver's licence and access to a vehicle may have better job prospects as workers may need to visit several sites in one day. Those working in the nursing and residential care facilities would also benefit from obtaining a first-aid/CPR training.
Part-time work is common in this occupation, and candidates may be required work various shifts including nights, evenings and weekends. In some areas of Ontario, work opportunities may be seasonal, with more openings in the summer months. This is particularly true in the accommodation and food services industry as some resorts and hotels only operate in the summer months.
Here are some key facts about Light duty cleaners in the Ontario region:
- Approximately 86,050 people work in this occupation.
- Light duty cleaners mainly work in the following sectors:
- Management and administrative services (NAICS 55, 56): 52%
- Accommodation services (NAICS 721): 14%
- Hospitals (NAICS 622): 8%
- Nursing and residential care facilities (NAICS 623): 7%
- The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
- Full-time workers: 54% compared to 79% for all occupations
- Part-time workers: 46% compared to 21% for all occupations
- 56% of light duty cleaners work all year, while 44% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 30 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
- 19% of light duty cleaners are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
Breakdown by region
Explore job prospects in Ontario by economic region.
|Hamilton–Niagara Peninsula Region||Good Good|
|Kingston–Pembroke Region||Good Good|
|Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie Region||Good Good|
|London Region||Good Good|
|Muskoka–Kawarthas Region||Good Good|
|Northeast Region||Good Good|
|Northwest Region||Good Good|
|Ottawa Region||Good Good|
|Stratford–Bruce Peninsula Region||Good Good|
|Toronto Region||Good Good|
|Windsor-Sarnia Region||Good Good|
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Job prospects elsewhere in Canada
We expect that the labour supply and demand for Light duty cleaners (NOC 6731) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.
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