Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS)

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) uses the models of the Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS) and the National Occupational Classification (NOC, 2011 version) to develop projections of future trends in the numbers of job openings and job seekers for 292 occupational groupings at the national level, covering the entire workforce. The projections allow for identifying those occupations that may face labour shortage or labour surplus conditions over the medium term. The latest projections cover the 2015 to 2024 period.

Users can search for summaries of projection results by occupation or industry (click on Projection Summaries below); detailed projection results by occupation or industry, including information on the factors that are expected to influence occupational labour markets, such as demographics, labour force participation rates by age group and level of education; and synthesis documents covering the major components of the projections, i.e. the economic scenario, the industrial breakdown of economic activity,  job openings by occupation, job seekers by occupation and projected labour market conditions by occupation (click on Information Documents below).

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Projection Summaries

Use this section to access summaries of projection results by occupation or industry. Summaries are available for 292 occupational groupings covering the entire workforce and 33 industries covering the entire economy.

Projection Data

Access full datasets used in the development of the occupational projections, including national employment measures, immigration, and gross domestic product by industry. It also includes occupational projections such as employment, deaths and job seekers.



Information Documents

Use this section to access synthesis documents on the following elements of the projections: the economic scenario; the sectoral distribution of economic activity; job openings by occupation, skill level and source; job seekers by occupation, skill level and source; and projected labour market conditions by occupation.

Employment and Social Development Canada makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, as to the accuracy or completeness of the COPS projections.