Job prospects Personal Support Worker - Home Support in Canada

People working as a personal support worker - home support have different job prospects depending on where they work in Canada. Find out what the future holds for them in your province or territory. These prospects are applicable to all Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations (NOC 4412).

Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.

Job opportunities over the next 3 years

Explore future job prospects by province and territory.

Location Job prospects
Newfoundland and Labrador Limited Limited
Prince Edward Island Fair Fair
Nova Scotia Good Good
New Brunswick Good Good
Quebec Good Good
Ontario Good Good
Manitoba Fair Fair
Saskatchewan Fair Fair
Alberta Fair Fair
British Columbia Fair Fair
Yukon Territory Good Good
Northwest Territories Fair Fair
Nunavut Fair Fair
Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

Take a closer look at the projected labour demand and supply for this occupation over the 2019-2028 period. For more information on future job trends, go to the Canadian Occupational Projections System.


BALANCE: Labour demand and labour supply are expected to be broadly in line for this occupation group over the 2019-2028 period at the national level. The section below contains more detailed information regarding the outlook for this occupational group.

Employment in 2018


Median age of workers in 2018


Average retirement age in 2018


Detailed analysis

In order to determine the expected outlook of an occupation, the magnitude of the difference between the projected total numbers of new job seekers and job openings over the whole projection period (2019-2028) is analyzed in conjunction with an assessment of labour market conditions in recent years. The intention is to determine if recent labour market conditions (surplus, balance or shortage) are expected to persist or change over the period 2019-2028. For instance, if the analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was insufficient to fill the job openings (a shortage of workers) in an occupational group in recent years, the projections are used to assess if this situation will continue over the projection period or if the occupation will move towards balanced conditions.

Over the 2016-2018 period, employment in this occupational group increased, but all the growth was recorded only in 2018. The unemployment rate mirrored employment, declining by 1 percentage point, to reach 5.4% in 2018, which was similar to its long-term average and the Canadian average of 5.8%. The stable number of jobless workers combined with an increase in the job vacancies resulted in a decline in the available workers to fill those vacancies, reaching a ratio of about one unemployed per vacancy. Hence, analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupational group.

For Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations, over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 33,900 , while 35,100 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them.

As job openings and job seekers are projected to be at relatively similar levels over the 2019-2028 period, the balance between labour supply and demand seen in recent years is expected to continue over the projection period. The majority of job openings are projected to arise from retirements. The retirement rate is projected to be above the average for all occupations as workers are generally older than those in other occupations. Employment growth is expected to be similar to the average for all occupation, although creating 20% of the job openings. Job creation is also anticipated to be weaker than what was recorded over the 2009-2018 period. Structural factors such as population ageing and the need to send hospital patients home to reduce health expenses fueled the demand for home care workers over the last decade. Over the projection period, employment growth is anticipated to be back in line with the demand for home support services as most of the ambulatory care shift has been completed. With regard to labour supply, only about 40% of job seekers are projected to come directly from the school system. Low wages and the nature of the tasks make this occupational group not very popular among school leavers. However, a significant number of new immigrants are also expected to search for employment in this occupational grouping. This group is very popular among immigrants because of the low requirements, which allow them to obtain Canadian labour market experience.

Source Canadian Occupational Projections System – ESDC

Labour Market Information Survey
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