Workforce Demographics

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 2019*

  January 2019 December 2018
Population 292,400 292,000
Labour Force 179,500 176,800
   Employment 170,200 167,400
   Unemployment 9,300 9,400
Participation Rate 61.4% 60.5%
Unemployment Rate 5.2% 5.3%
Employment Rate 58.2% 57.3%

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.

Skilled Matrix

Workforce WindsorEssex developed the Skills Matrix as a useful tool in identifying strengths and skill sets that align with in-demand careers in the Windsor-Essex region. This resourceful document can assist businesses when they review the skill sets of their current employees or for those who are pursuing new career opportunities.


Diversified Workforce

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
Agriculture 4,000 6,500 4,100
Forestry, fishing, mining and oil and gas extraction
0 0 0
Utilities 0 0 1,000
Construction 13,000 9,400 11,800
Manufacturing 47,000 46,600 47,800
Trade 125,100 122,200 128,900
Transportation and warehousing 23,500 20,600 24,400
Finance and insurance real estate and leasing
8,500 7,100 8,200
Professional, scientific and technical services
7,100 9,000 8,000
Business, building and other support services
7,300 9,600 8,900
Educational services 6,900 7,200 6,600
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)
3,200 8,500 2,400
Public administration 7,500 8,500 8,100
Total 191,100 186,500 186,500
Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Market Survey Q4 2016
Note: 0 indicates an estimate less than 1500