Job prospects Community And Social Services Worker in Canada

People working as a community and social services worker have different job prospects depending on where they work in Canada. Find out what the future holds for them in your province or territory. These prospects are applicable to all Social and community service workers (NOC 4212).

Note: These employment prospects were published in December 2021 based on the information available at the time of analysis. The next update will be in December 2022. To learn more, see our FAQs. You can also find additional information on the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard.

Job opportunities over the next 3 years

Explore future job prospects by province and territory.

Location Job prospects
Newfoundland and Labrador Fair Fair
Prince Edward Island Fair Fair
Nova Scotia Fair Fair
New Brunswick Good Good
Quebec Good Good
Ontario Fair Fair
Manitoba Fair Fair
Saskatchewan Fair Fair
Alberta Fair Fair
British Columbia Good Good
Yukon Territory Good Good
Northwest Territories Limited Limited
Nunavut Fair Fair
Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

Take a closer look at the projected labour demand and supply for this occupation over the 2019-2028 period. For more information on future job trends, go to the Canadian Occupational Projections System.


BALANCE: Labour demand and labour supply are expected to be broadly in line for this occupation group over the 2019-2028 period at the national level. The section below contains more detailed information regarding the outlook for this occupational group.

Employment in 2018


Median age of workers in 2018


Average retirement age in 2018


Detailed analysis

In order to determine the expected outlook of an occupation, the magnitude of the difference between the projected total numbers of new job seekers and job openings over the whole projection period (2019-2028) is analyzed in conjunction with an assessment of labour market conditions in recent years. The intention is to determine if recent labour market conditions (surplus, balance or shortage) are expected to persist or change over the period 2019-2028. For instance, if the analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was insufficient to fill the job openings (a shortage of workers) in an occupational group in recent years, the projections are used to assess if this situation will continue over the projection period or if the occupation will move towards balanced conditions.

Over the 2016-2018 period, employment in this occupational group increased strongly. However, this was following a decline from a peaked reached back in 2013. Job gains were reflected in a marginal decline in the unemployment rate, reaching 4.7% in 2018, which remained below the national average of 5.8%. The low number of jobless workers combined with an increase in the job vacancies resulted in a decline in the available workers to fill those vacancies, reaching a ratio of about one unemployed per vacancy. However, the number of workers doing overtime hours declined substantially, reaching a new historical low in 2018. Hence, analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupational group.

For Social and community service workers, over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 67,700 , while 64,200 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them.

As job openings and job seekers are projected to be at relatively similar levels over the 2019-2028 period, the balance between labour supply and demand seen in recent years is expected to continue over the projection period. Job openings are projected to arise from both employment growth and retirements. Given the major needs in the social services sector, job creation is projected to be above the average of all occupations, fueled by the public's greater awareness of social issues such as population aging, mental health and violence over the projection period. However, this strong growth is projected to be dampened by the fact that demand for social and community service workers also depends on the level of public spending, which will be restrained due to budget constraints that many governments are facing. Retirements are expected to account for about one third of openings. Workers in this occupational group tend to be younger than the average of all occupations and to retire at a similar age. As a result, the retirement rate is expected to be slightly below the national average.

With regard to labour supply, school leavers are expected to account for almost 80% of job seekers. This occupational grouping is very popular among school leavers, which is a reflection of the high enrolment rate in social work programs in colleges and universities. Immigration is anticipated to represent about 10% of job seekers. Finally, a number of seekers will come from other occupations, such as counselors and educators.

Source Canadian Occupational Projections System – ESDC

Labour Market Information Survey
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