Labour

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 – November 2019*

  November 2019 October 2019
Population 297,000 296,500
Labour Force 180,600 181,700
   Employment 167,900 169,500
   Unemployment 12,700 12,100
Participation Rate 60.8% 61.3%
Unemployment Rate 7.0% 6.7%
Employment Rate 56.5% 57.2%

 

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