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Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS)

** UPDATE NOTICE **:  The data that populate this website is currently being updated with the COPS 2013 projections (covering the period of 2013-2022). Users might experience some errors and delays during the process.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) uses the models of the Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS) and the National Occupational Classification (NOC, 2006 version) to develop projections of future trends in the numbers of job openings and job seekers by occupation at the national level. The projections allow for identifying those occupations that may face labour shortage or labour surplus conditions over the medium term. The latest projections cover the 2013 to 2022 period.

Although projections were developed for 283 occupational groupings that cover the entire labour force, at the present time only the results for the broader 140 "3-digit level" occupations of the 2006 NOC can be reported on this website (results for each of the 283 occupational groupings used in the projections are available upon demand). Users can search for summaries of projection results by occupation or industry (click on Projection Summaries below); detailed projection results by occupation or industry, including information on the factors that are expected to influence occupational labour markets, such as demographics, labour force participation rates by age group and level of education (click on Projection Data below); and synthesis documents covering the major components of the projections, i.e. the economic scenario, the industrial breakdown of economic activity,  job openings by occupation, job seekers by occupation and projected labour market conditions by occupation (click on Information Documents below).

Click on the About the Projections section for important additional information regarding the COPS projections.

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Projection Summaries

Use this section to access summaries of projection results by occupation or industry. Summaries are available for 140 occupational groupings (that encompass the 283 occupations for which projections are available) covering the entire workforce and 33 industries covering the entire economy.

Projection Data

Access full datasets used in the development of the occupational projections, including national employment measures, immigration, and gross domestic product by industry. It also includes occupational projections such as employment, deaths and job seekers. Users can view this data in tables and graphs.

Information Documents

Use this section to access synthesis documents on the following elements of the projections: the economic scenario; the sectoral distribution of economic activity; job openings by occupation, skill level and source; job seekers by occupation, skill level and source; and projected labour market conditions by occupation.


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