Industry Focus: Health Care and Social Assistance

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Industry Focus: Health Care and Social Assistance

Much of NWPB’s work focuses on the state of the labour force and related indicators throughout Niagara. Given this, NWPB will be featuring monthly blog posts highlighting information about industries in Niagara. The focus for this month is health care and social assistance. Employment data for industries are obtained from the Labour Force Survey, which focuses on the St. Catharines-Niagara Census Metropolitan Area (CMA). As a result, these data do not include Grimsby or West Lincoln. For additional information on employment in Grimsby and West Lincoln please review our municipal snapshot documents.

Results from the Labour Force Survey indicate that approximately 25,200 individuals residing in Niagara were employed in health care and social assistance throughout 2018. This puts health care and social assistance as the 2nd largest source of employment for Niagara residents.

Figure 1 shows the number of employed individuals in health care and social assistance. There has been an increase of approximately 1,900 individuals reporting employment in this industry since 2014. Specifically, the number of Niagara’s residents working in this field has gone up from 23,300 in 2014 to 25,200 in 2018 (an increase of 8.2%).

Figure 1. Historical Employment in Health Care and Social Assistance, 2014-2018, St. Catharines-Niagara CMA

Figure 1. Historical Employment in Health Care and Social Assistance, 2014-2018, St. Catharines-Niagara CMA

Source: Statistics Canada. Table 14-10-0098-01 Employment by industry, annual, census metropolitan areas

Figure 2 shows the percentage of Niagara’s employed residents that work in health care and social assistance.

Figure 2. Percentage of all Employment That Health Care and Social Assistance Represents, 2014-2018, St. Catharines-Niagara CMA

Figure 2. Percentage of all Employment That Health Care and Social Assistance Represents, 2014-2018, St. Catharines-Niagara CMA

Source: Statistics Canada. Table 14-10-0098-01 Employment by industry, annual, census metropolitan areas

While data from Statistics Canada report on the number of people living in Niagara who work within a given industry (regardless of where their job is), data from Table 1 provide a count of the number of jobs within Niagara in health care and social assistance. Here, the data are based on the Niagara region and include all 12 local municipalities.  Table 1 outlines the number of jobs and average wages per job in health care and social assistance between 2013 and 2017. Overall, the number of jobs between 2013 and 2017 in Niagara increased by 14.6% or 2,843 jobs.


Table 1. Number of Jobs and Average Wages per Job in Health Care and Social Assistance, 2013-2017, Niagara  

Industry 2013 Jobs 2014 Jobs 2015 Jobs 2016 Jobs 2017 Jobs Avg. Wages Per Job
Health Care and Social Assistance 19,485 19,731 20,736 21,864 22,328 $42,020

Source: EMSI Analyst, 2018.1, employees

Table 2 dives deeper into the health care and social assistance industry to provide an outline of the most common occupations within the industry.


Table 2. Top Occupations within the Health Care and Social Assistance Industry, 2017, Niagara

Occupation Employed in Industry (2017) % of Total Jobs in Industry (2017) Median Hourly Wages
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates 4,026 18.0% $19.68
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses 3,134 14.0% $37.10
Early childhood educators and assistants 1,130 5.1% $16.08
Social and community service workers 1,097 4.9% $22.55
Licensed practical nurses 972 4.4% $26.68
Receptionists 800 3.6% $16.51
Social workers 708 3.2% $35.90
Administrative officers 565 2.5% $22.73
Light duty cleaners 437 2.0% $13.51
Dental hygienists and dental therapists 400 1.8% $36.46

Source: EMSI Analyst, 2018.1, employees

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