Since 1983, Toronto has monitored the City’s employment by conducting an annual survey of businesses. The data collected is vital to monitor the City’s economic health, as well as aiding in decision and policy making. It is essential background information for forecasting and planning the City’s infrastructure and services for the citizens and businesses of Toronto. The Survey is a unique resource in Canada for the private and public sectors.

 

Throughout the summer, surveyors visit each and every business establishment in the City of Toronto. That’s over 75,710 locations. The surveyors collect information about the number of employees working there, and the type of work that is taking place. No other programme relates Toronto employment and land use.

Your Information is Confidential

The information collected is treated as strictly confidential. The data is only released to the public in aggregate form. This allows employment patterns to be studied without revealing specific information on individual businesses.

We Need You

The continued success of this important survey depends on the co-operation and assistance of the City’s business community. We rely on each business establishment to provide us with information on the number of full- and part-time employees as well as the type of employment activity taking place at each location.

Watch out for a surveyor at your business this summer and count your business in.

The 2017 Employment Bulletin summarizes the results of the 35th annual Toronto Employment Survey and provides an analysis of changes in Toronto’s economy over the past decade. The bulletin reports on key employment trends by sector, and on evolving employment patterns across the City and in Downtown, the Centres, Employment Areas, and Secondary Plan areas. This edition of the bulletin also discusses the results of the Survey’s home-based and volunteer employment pilot and compares the Place of Work data recorded in the 2016 long-form Census and the 2016 Toronto Employment Survey.

Toronto Employment Concentration, 2017

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Highlights

  • The 2017 survey counted 1,518,560 jobs, an increase of 57,550 jobs or 3.9 per cent from 2016.
  • The Manufacturing category experienced strong growth of 6.7 per cent, adding 8,260 jobs.
  • Office employment grew by 26,250 jobs and 3.7 per cent to remain the largest sector in Toronto, accounting for almost one out of every two jobs.
  • The survey counted 75,620 establishments in 2017, a slight increase of 340 establishments (0.5 per cent).
  • 4,540 new business establishments opened in 2017, with 59.7 per cent opening in Employment Areas, Downtown, or in the Centres.
  • Toronto’s Downtown and Centres contained 637,650 jobs in 2017, or 42.0 per cent of all employment.
  • In 2017, 411,970 jobs were located in Employment Areas, or 27.1 per cent of all jobs in Toronto.
  • Employment Areas contained 92.3 per cent of all Manufacturing jobs in 2017.

Total Employment in City of Toronto, 1983-2017

This is a line graph that depicts the total employment in the City of Toronto for each year from 1983 to 2017. For more information, contact Research and Information, City Planning Division at 416-392-8343 or cityplanning@toronto.ca.

Total Employment – 2007, 2016, 2017

Employment Total Number of Employees Net Change Growth Rate Net Change Annual Growth Rate 
2007 2016 2017 2007-2017 2016-2017
Full-time 1,021,320 1,087,930 1,129,110 107,790 10.6% 41,180 3.8%
Part-time 280,300 373,090 389,460 109,160 38.9% 16,370 4.4%
Total 1,301,620 1,461,020 1,518,560 216,950 16.7% 57,550 3.9%

Source: Toronto Employment Survey, 2007, 2016 and 2017.

For copies of Employment Bulletins from 2003 to 2015, please contact Hailey Toft by telephone at 416-392-8343 or by email at cityplanning@toronto.ca.

2016 Survey Results

The revised 2016 Employment Bulletin summarizes the results of the 34th annual Toronto Employment Survey and provides an analysis of changes in Toronto’s economy over the past decade. The bulletin reports on key employment trends by sector, and on evolving employment patterns across the City and in Downtown, the Centres, Employment Areas, and Secondary Plan areas. This edition of the bulletin also discusses the survey’s improvements to usage and validation of North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) coding, and assesses coverage of establishments across the city through a comparison of survey data to data from Statistics Canada’s Business Register and Environics Analytics’ Business Locations.

Toronto Employment Concentration, 2016

The technology to convert this map to an accessible format is not currently available. This map may not be compatible with screen reader software. If you are unable to access these maps please contact Research and Information, City Planning Division at 416-392-8343 or cityplanning@toronto.ca.

Highlights

  • The 2016 survey counted 1,461,020 jobs, an increase of 38,740 jobs or 2.7 per cent from Toronto’s overall employment base in 2015.
  • Full-time employment has surpassed the one million mark for the 11th consecutive year.
  • Part-time jobs increased by 8.4 per cent from 2015, an addition of 28,760 jobs.
  • The Office category remains the largest sector in Toronto, accounting for almost one out of every two jobs.
  • In 2016, approximately 600,560 jobs were located in Toronto’s Downtown and Centres, 41.1 per cent of all jobs.
  • North York Centre, with 40,320 jobs, remains Toronto’s largest employment Centre after Downtown.
  • Yonge-Eglinton Centre has Toronto’s highest employment density of any Centre with over 30,000 jobs per km².
  • In 2016, 398,350 jobs were located in Employment Areas, or 27.3 per cent of all jobs in Toronto.
  • The survey counted 75,290 establishments in 2016, a net loss of 420 establishments.
  • 79.5 per cent of all Manufacturing establishments and 92.8 per cent of all Manufacturing jobs are in Employment Areas.
  • The Community and Entertainment category added the most establishments in 2016, increasing by 550 or 27.6 per cent since 2015.

Total Employment in City of Toronto, 1983-2016

This is a line graph that depicts the total employment in the City of Toronto for each year from 1983 to 2016. For more information, contact Research and Information, City Planning Division at 416-392-8343 or cityplanning@toronto.ca.

 

Total Employment – 2006, 2015, 2016

Employment Total Number of Employees Net Change Growth Rate Net Change Annual Growth Rate 
2006 2015 2016 2006-2016 2015-2016
Full-time 1,001,060 1,077,930 1,087,930 86,870 8.7% 10,000 0.9%
Part-time 276,950 344,350 373,090 96,140 34.7% 28,740 8.3%
Total 1,278,010 1,422,280 1,461,020 183,010 14.3% 38,740 2.7%

Source: Toronto Employment Survey, 2006, 2015 and 2016.