Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS)

Occupation Data

Use this page to access projection results by occupation. Users can access projection results for the total number of job openings in the occupation and the number of openings attributable to expansion demand (employment growth) and to replacement demand (mostly retirements). On the supply side, users can access projection results for the total number of people seeking work in the occupation, and for the number of seekers coming from the school system or from immigration (the main sources of new labour market entrants).

The projections were developed for 292 occupational groupings that cover the entire workforce, using the 2011 National Occupational Classification (NOC). The 2011 NOC includes 500 different occupations, known as the “4-digit” level occupations. However, several of these occupations are small in terms of employment (less than 10,000 workers). These small occupations were combined in 292 groupings for the projections.

For additional information and occupation definitions, please visit the National Occupational Classification website or the occupational definition used by COPS.

Files Structure Definition

Job Openings
Employment Projections
Employment Change (Expansion Demand) Projections
Retirement Projections
Retirement Rate Projections
Emigration and In-Service Mortality Projections
Total Job Openings Projections

Job Seekers
School Leavers Projections
New Immigrants Projections
Projections of Other Job Seekers (occupational mobility, net re-entries, working students, etc.)
Total Job Seekers Projections

Assessment of Projected Labour Market Conditions, 2015-2024

Assessment of Recent Labour Market Conditions, 2012-2014
Summary of the Components, 2015-2024

Sources: Employment and Social Development Canada - COPS 2015 Projections; and; adapted from Statistics Canada, unpublished data, Labour Force Survey, 2015.

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