GTA needs to fill half a million jobs by 2019

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A new report says there will be 519,881 job openings from 2014 to 2019 in the Toronto Region. The Canadian Press/AP, Elaine Thompson

TORONTO – The Greater Toronto Area will need to fill close to 520,000 jobs over the next five years due to retirement and economic growth, but a good chunk will be low-paying and temporary work, according to a new report.

The Toronto Region Board of Trade and United Way Toronto released a study Wednesday warning about the challenges job seekers currently face, which include youth underemployment and unemployment, the growing gap between neighbhourhoods, and a lack of quality employment.

“We need to increase collaboration between political, business, labour, educational institutions and community leaders to ensure the region’s next generation can contribute to the economy and positively shape their communities,” said Anne Sado, Vice-Chair, Toronto Region Board of Trade, in a media release.

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The study titled Closing the Prosperity Gap is linked to the board’s Think Twice, Vote Once series that coincides with this year’s municipal elections.

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Toronto leads the way with 234,238 job openings between 2014 to 2019 followed by York Region with 96,734, Peel at 95,251, Halton with 49,965, and Durham at 43,694.

The jobs most in demand across the Toronto region are:

1. Retail salespersons
2. Financial auditors and accountants
3. Administrative assistants
4. Retail and wholesale trade managers
5. Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
6. Administrative officers
7. Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
8. General office support workers
9. Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations
10. Information systems analysts and consultants

For the City of Toronto, financial auditors and accountants are the highest in demand followed by administrative assistants, retail salespersons, registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses, and lawyers and Quebec notaries .

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“The Toronto region will be the largest job generator in Canada, but our residents need to be prepared to take advantage of the opportunities this presents,” said Ms. Sado.

“To effectively enter the labour market, job seekers and their advisors need to know what jobs are in demand now and in the future.”