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What is the Future of Healthcare Employment in Ontario?

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You’ve probably already heard that healthcare is booming in Canada. But what does that mean for Ontario?  More importantly, what does that mean for prospective healthcare graduates? Check out the highlights of this government-funded Ontario Health Care Labour Market Report.

  • 2/3 of healthcare employers reported having trouble finding qualified applicants.
  • All of the top 10 professions that need the most people require post-secondary education.
  • New graduates form the largest group of new recruits.

The healthcare industry actually includes a lot of different types of jobs. While we usually think about doctors and registered nurses, these are only a part of the larger healthcare picture. Healthcare is mostly split between hospital and clinic jobs, but also includes community care.

Right now Ontario doesn’t just have a doctor shortage, there’s a shortage in all sorts of skilled support roles. We need everything from clinic managers to ultrasound technicians. Hands-on medical practice also needs to be balanced with skilled office administration courses grads as well as people with personal support worker training.

So, how is the employment gap going to be fixed? Well, for one, skills training and retraining is an essential part of meeting a demand for workers. Employers are looking to schools, colleges and training programs to fill the gap.

Beyond that, most healthcare jobs recruit locally. For example, for job opportunities in Toronto, they are going to look into grads from healthcare training in Toronto  to fill the spots that need to be filled. The same goes for GTA, Kingston, London and every town and city across Ontario. Employers are so serious about getting graduates that over 1/3 of the employers surveyed want to use tuition re-imbursement (that’s a refund to you!) as part of their hiring strategy.

For more information, read the original report on Health Care and Labour in Ontario here.

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