Industry Focus: Information, Culture and Recreation

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Industry Focus: Information, Culture and Recreation

Much of NWPB’s work focuses on the state of the labour force and related indicators throughout Niagara. Given this, NWPB is featuring monthly blog posts highlighting information about industries in Niagara. The focus for this month is information, culture and recreation. 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 9,800 individuals residing in Niagara were employed in information, culture and recreation throughout 2018. Figure 1 shows the number of employed individuals in information, culture and recreation. After a dip in employment numbers between 2016 and 2017 there was an increase in employment between 2017 and 2018. Figure 2 shows the percentage of all Niagara residents employed in information, culture and recreation.

Figure 1. Historical Employment in Information, Culture and Recreation, 2014-2018, St. Catharines-Niagara CMA

Figure 1. Historical Employment in Information, Culture and Recreation, 2014-2018, St. Catharines-Niagara CMA

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

Figure 2. Percentage of all Employment that Information, Culture and Recreation Represents, 2014-2018, St. Catharines-Niagara CMA

Figure 2. Percentage of all Employment That Information, Culture and Recreation 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, data from Table 1 provide a count of the number of information, culture and recreation jobs in Niagara. Here, the data are based on the Niagara region and include all 12 local municipalities. Table 1 outlines the number of jobs and average annual income per job in information, culture and recreation between 2014 and 2018. Overall, the number of jobs between 2014 and 2018 in Niagara decreased by 0.9% or 73 jobs.


Table 1. Number of Jobs and Average Annual Income per Job in Information, Culture and Recreation, 2014-2018, Niagara  

Industry 2014 Jobs 2015 Jobs 2016 Jobs 2017 Jobs 2018 Jobs Avg. Annual Income Per Job
Information, culture and recreation 8,633 8,803 9,362 9,157 8,560 $34,699

Source: EMSI Analyst, 2019.1, employees

Table 2 dives deeper into information, culture and recreation to provide an outline of the most common occupations within the industry.


Table 2. Top Occupations within the Information, Culture and Recreation industry, 2017, Niagara

Description Employed in Industry (2018) % of Total Jobs in Industry (2018) Median Hourly Wages
Operators and attendants in amusement, recreation and sport 873 10.2% $13.85
Casino occupations 838 9.8% $21.02
Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness 705 8.2% $15.60
Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers 485 5.7% $15.20
Accommodation, travel, tourism and related services supervisors 394 4.6% $22.18
Other services supervisors 176 2.1% $17.67
Library assistants and clerks 155 1.8% $18.19
Other customer and information services representatives 154 1.8% $17.04
Security guards and related security service occupations 145 1.7% $14.75
Retail salespersons 144 1.7% $14.16

Source: EMSI Analyst, 2019.1, employees

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