CURRENT LANDSCAPE

369,730 ICT professionals are employed in Ontario in early 2015. Of them, 19,000 are youth aged 25 or younger, 50,000 are nearing retirement, 116,000 are women, and 177,000 are immigrants. In addition, 218,670 work in Toronto (greater Toronto area), 72,430 work in Ottawa (Ottawa-Gatineau), 7,770 work in Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo region, and another 70,860 work in the rest of the province. Industries outside the ICT sector are major users of ICT products and services. The demand for top ICT talent continues to grow and has resulted in expanding career options for ICT professionals, placing competitive pressure on the employers seeking technical ICT talent. Among employed ICT professionals, 169,700 work in the ICT sector, while 200,030 work in other sectors (e.g. finance, service).

As the current ICT workforce ages, not many youth are opting for ICT careers, leaving a void that could potentially limit Ontario’s future competitiveness before long. Significantly fewer youth work in ICT professions than in other jobs. In contrast, ICT professions have a greater proportion of workers in the older age groups compared to the total provincial workforce.

ICT Employment

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Source: ICTC; Statistics Canada

FUTURE OUTLOOK

Under three economic scenarios over a 5-year horizon, a combination of employment growth and replacement requirements produces estimates of cumulative hiring requirements. Under a baseline scenario, over 27,000 new ICT jobs are expected to be created in Ontario by 2019. It is projected that the availability of homegrown ICT talent will not be sufficient to meet these hiring requirements. Combined with replacement demand due to retirements and other exits, Ontario would need to fill 76,300 ICT positions over the next five years. By 2019, cumulative hiring requirements for ICT talent are expected to be over 52,700 in the greater Toronto area, over 9,700 in Ottawa-Gatineau, over 3,800 in the Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo region, and over 9,900 in rest of Ontario.

Projected hiring requirements to 2019 by municipality

  Employment in 2015 Cumulative hiring requirements to 2019
Toronto (GTA) 218,670 52,741
Ottawa-Gatineau 72,430 9,724
Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo 7,770 3,804
Ontario – other 70,860 9,994
Total 369,730 76,263
Source: ICTC, 2015

 

Under a contractionary scenario, hiring requirements are projected to decline to 69,200 compared to the baseline scenario hiring requirements of 76,300. Alternatively, in an expansionary scenario, Ontario employers will need to hire 99,500 ICT professionals. This outlook underscores the significance of accessing all available talent to address the demand-supply imbalance in ICT professions.

Projected hiring requirements to 2019 by scenario

Scenario Cumulative hiring requirements
to 2019
Contractionary 69,233
Baseline 76,263
Expansionary 99,565
Source: ICTC, 2015

 

Demand-supply imbalances will affect some ICT occupations more than others. As a result of employment growth – combined with replacement demand due to skills mismatch, retirements, and other exits – Ontario would need to fill the following ICT positions:

  • 35,510 information systems analysts and consultants
  • 9,880 computer and network operators and web technicians
  • 9,320 computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • 7,410 software engineers
  • 5,380 computer and information systems managers
  • 2,760 web designers and developers
  • 2,670 graphic designers and illustrators
  • 2,640 computer engineers
  • 2,290 electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians