Job prospects Mine Labourer in Canada

People working as a mine labourer 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 Mine labourers (NOC 8614).

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 over the next 3 years

Explore future job prospects by province and territory.

Location Job prospects
Newfoundland and Labrador Undetermined Undetermined
Prince Edward Island Undetermined Undetermined
Nova Scotia Undetermined Undetermined
New Brunswick Undetermined Undetermined
Quebec Undetermined Undetermined
Ontario Fair Fair
Manitoba Limited Limited
Saskatchewan Limited Limited
Alberta Undetermined Undetermined
British Columbia Undetermined Undetermined
Yukon Territory Undetermined Undetermined
Northwest Territories Fair Fair
Nunavut Undetermined Undetermined
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.


SURPLUS: This occupational group is expected to face labour surplus conditions over the period of 2019-2028 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 has been volatile, ending the period with a small decline. The unemployment rate dropped significantly to reach 14.6% in 2018, well above the national average of 5.8% (note that the unemployment rate is affected by the seasonality of labour demand in this occupational group and that during the high season the unemployment rate is usually much lower, but remaining above the national average). The number of job vacancies increased substantially, while the number of unemployed available to fill those vacant positions improved over the past three years. Hence, the analysis of key labour market indicators, especially the large volume of unemployed workers available to meet demand, suggests that the number of job seekers was still sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupational group over the 2016-2018 period.

For Mine labourers & Oil and gas drilling, servicing and related labourers, over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 1,600 , while 2,600 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them.

Although this occupational group has had a balanced market in recent years, projected job seekers are expected to be substantially superior to job openings, creating a surplus of workers over the 2019-2028 period. Modest job gains are expected in this occupational group. On the oil and gas extraction front, global markets are finally moving back into balance. Stronger demand in coming years will put some upward pressure on oil prices but, with still-elevated inventories and ample spare production capacity, price increases are expected to be modest. Employment is expected to rebound in the short-term, but the relative low energy prices will force the industry to maintain and strengthen the gains in productivity achieved in recent years. On the mining extraction side, a more optimistic outlook is expected for the Canadian mining industry over the projection period, supported by a strengthening in global demand and soft growth in global supply. While they are not projected to return to the levels reached in 2011, commodity prices have been increasing over the past year and this is expected to bring large mining projects into operation across the country. However, rapid technological developments in the mining sector will boost productivity and somewhat limit employment growth. Such developments in the oil and gas industry, along with additional investment from the mining industry, are expected to support growth in support activities over the projection period.. Despite having a retirement rate below the average because workers are relatively younger than in other occupations, replacement demand will account for a little less than two-thirds of the job openings. With regard to labour supply, almost all the job seekers will come from the school system over the projection period. As this occupational group offers relatively high wages compared to other low-skilled occupations, it is very popular among low-educated school leavers. In fact, the projected number of school leavers along is expected to be three times the number of job openings over the 2019-2028 period. However, many workers will leave this occupational group in the coming years seeking other employment opportunities, partially offsetting the large number of school leavers. Only a small number of these workers are expected to end up in more senior positions, notably mine service workers and operators in oil and gas drilling, because these occupations are likely to be in a situation of oversupply as well. Most of these workers are expected to seek jobs in other labourer occupations or in sale and services occupations. This occupational group is not highly sought after by new immigrants, so only a marginal fraction of the labour supply will come from this source.

Source Canadian Occupational Projections System – ESDC

Labour Market Information Survey
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