Windsor-Essex offers companies locating here an available and adaptable regional workforce. Windsor-Essex is one of the most diverse communities in Canada, with over 70 different languages spoken and over 150 ethnic origins represented. Arabic is the third most commonly spoken language after English and French.
Windsor CMA Labour Market Figures – January 2017*
|January 2017||February 2017|
Employment by Industry
The Conference Board of Canada projects a positive economic outlook for Windsor-Essex
The Windsor-Essex region is expected to have the fourth fastest-growing economy in 2016 – with manufacturing and sports tourism driving that growth – among 15 Canadian cities examined by the Conference Board of Canada.
For the second year in a row, Windsor’s economy is projected to expand by 2.4 per cent, well above the national forecasted growth rate of 1.6 per cent, according to a recent report.
“After creating 3,000 jobs in 2015, the Windsor economy is projecting to generate an additional 1,400 jobs per year over 2016 and 2017,” the report says.
The board attributes the city’s positive outlook in “large part” to FCA Canada’s investment in its Windsor Assembly Plant, which is building the new Chrysler Pacifica minivan. It also credits the city’s plan to host major sporting events such as the FINA World short-course swimming championships and the Memorial Cup.
Al Arcand, the conference board associate director said, “What happens (in manufacturing) matters to the overall Windsor economy.”
Local manufacturing activities has been “picking up steam” since about 2010, according to the report. A strong U.S. dollar, low gas and oil prices and strong vehicle sales in the U.S. have helped.
“Windsor’s economy is enjoying a period of sustained and solid growth”, the report states.
Windsor-Essex has a workforce that is diversified and skilled thanks to the many industries that are located within our region. We have had a strong history in advanced manufacturing excellence, especially within the automotive sector. As we progress into the future, we are seeing growth in our traditional areas of expertise but also many others as well. The following is a list of the industries that are thriving in our communities:
Employment By Industry- Windsor Essex
|Q4 2016||Q4 2015||2016|
Forestry, fishing, mining and oil and gas extraction
|Transportation and warehousing||23,500||20,600||24,400|
Finance and insurance real estate and leasing
Professional, scientific and technical services
Business, building and other support services
|Health care and social assistance||13,400||12,300||12,800|
|Information and cultural and recreation||25,800||24,400||24,200|
|Accommodation and food services||6,900||9,300||8,200|
Other services (except public administration)
Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Market Survey Q4 2016
Note: 0 indicates an estimate less than 1500