How to Become an Electrician in Ontario

Average salary in Ontario, Glassdoor
Number of new openings expected by 2028, Canada Job Bank
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3k+ jobs on Indeed
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Without skilled electricians we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the many necessities of daily life. From the simple lighting and heating in our homes to connecting to the internet and cooking our meals, electricians specialize in the electrical wiring of homes, commercial buildings, transmission lines, and industrial machines.

Being an electrician means having a career that is in demand, respected and with growth potential, especially right now as many tradespeople in this field are approaching retirement age. The job can involve assembling, repairing, inspecting and testing electrical systems in settings that can range from residential to commercial buildings and public infrastructure.

Electricians are employed by electrical contractors and by the maintenance departments of buildings and other establishments. Many electricians also opt to establish their own businesses and are self-employed as successful entrepreneurs whose services are in demand.

For electricians (except those working in the industrial and power system areas), over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) were expected to total 23,400, according to federal government research, while 20,300 new job seekers (arising from those leaving school, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them.

The need to replace retiring workers is elevated in the skilled trades across Canada. In 2016, nearly one in three journeypersons were aged 55 years or older. Between July 2021 and September 2021, there were 338,835 job vacancies in Ontario. About 8 per cent (25,495) of all vacancies in Ontario were in the construction sector.

In this Career Guide, we will outline some of the training and career options for electricians, and everything else you’ll need to know to find the right career focus to match your personal and professional interests in this dynamic and growing industry in Ontario.