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ICT Sector Employment, 2011 Estimates

ICT sector employment was estimated at almost 556,000 in 2011, an slight decrease of 0.4% over the 2010 level. The ICT sector accounted for 3.2% of Canadian employment, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point after remaining stable at 3.3% since 2007.

ICT manufacturing employment decreased slightly by 0.4% in 2011, to 80,950, it was the fourth decline in a row. The largest nominal change was a decrease of about 1,200 employees in the instruments industry from about 23,900 in 2010 to about 22,700 in 2011. Since 2002, employment in the manufacturing industries has dropped by 20%, an annual average decline of 2.4%.

ICT services employment decreased slightly by 0.3% in 2011, totalling to about 403,100 employees. This is the first annual decrease following three consecutive annual increases. The decline in services industries' employment was mainly attributed to a 1.0% drop in the computer systems design industry. Meanwhile, communications services employment increased by 1.2%. Since 2002, services industries' employment has grown by 8.4%, an average of 0.9% annually.

ICT wholesaling employment decreased by 1.1% in 2011, amounting to about 71,900 employees.

Overall, ICT sector employment has grown by 1.3% since 2002 or 0.1% on an annual basis.

ICT Sector Employment 2002–2011 (Manufacturing and Services)
NAICS 2002 Industry 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011

Footnotes

Footnote 1

Due to methodological changes in 2000, and methodological changes and revisions in 2003, data are not strictly comparable to data for previous years.

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Footnote 2

Including self-employed.

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Footnote 3

Including self-employed. Due to methodological changes and data revisions in 2003 for the manufacturing industries, data for these years are not strictly comparable to data for previous years.

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Sources: Statistics Canada. All italicised figures are Industry Canada estimates.
See Sources and Technical Notes for more details.

33331 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery ManufacturingFootnote 1 12,155 10,133 10,616 12,652 12,972 14,079 14,668 14,036 13,838 14,450
33411 Computer and Peripheral Equipment ManufacturingFootnote 1 11,390 10,067 9,146 8,549 8,119 8,214 7,559 5,882 6,091 6,300
33421 Telephone Apparatus Manufacturing (Wired Communications Equipment)Footnote 1 8,862 8,209 9,371 8,831 7,454 8,593 2,971 1,526 604 550
33422 Radio and Television Broadcasting and Wireless Communications Equipment ManufacturingFootnote 1 10,866 9,863 9,943 11,312 13,333 14,809 14,815 16,586 16,875 16,500
33431 Audio and Video Equipment ManufacturingFootnote 1 1,373 1,449 1,406 1,190 1,500 1,408 1,044 1,234 1,405 1,400
33441 Semi
conductor and Other Electronic Component ManufacturingFootnote 1
24,281 21,306 21,246 19,726 20,102 18,784 17,325 15,023 15,098 15,600
33451 Navigational, Measuring, Medical and Control Instruments ManufacturingFootnote 1 25,457 26,172 25,768 25,460 28,302 28,451 27,530 25,209 23,889 22,700
33592 Communication and Energy Wire and Cable ManufacturingFootnote 1 6,797 5,827 6,390 6,384 5,791 4,604 4,135 3,646 3,499 3,450
  Total ICT ManufacturingFootnote 1 101,181 93,026 93,886 94,104 97,573 98,942 90,047 83,142 81,299 80,950
51121 Software PublishersFootnote 2 24,146 22,599 23,088 26,026 28,482 30,800 31,326 29,990 30,625 30,570
517 Communications Services 121,833 119,633 119,338 121,485 119,474 119,496 119,249 119,308 116,636 118,001
51821 Data Processing, Hosting and Related Services 11,582 10,770 11,823 12,443 13,427 14,224 14,814 13,509 14,489 14,508
54151 Computer Systems Design and Related ServicesFootnote 2 214,419 215,310 208,248 217,009 219,926 216,634 226,110 230,258 242,497 240,015
  Total ICT ServicesFootnote 2 371,980 368,312 362,497 376,963 381,309 381,154 391,499 393,065 404,247 403,094
4173 Computer and Communications Equipment and Supplies Wholesaler–Distributors 51,729 52,834 51,538 50,603 51,913 54,719 56,418 54,289 53,823 52,934
41791 Office and Store Machinery and Equipment Wholesaler–Distributors 23,802 23,511 22,314 21,415 21,284 21,554 22,150 20,200 18,900 19,000
  Total ICT Wholesaling 75,531 76,345 73,852 72,018 73,197 76,273 78,568 74,489 72,723 71,934
  Total ICT SectorFootnote 3 548,692 537,683 530,235 543,085 552,079 556,369 560,114 550,696 558,269 555,978
  TOTAL EMPLOYMENT in CANADA (including self–employed) 15,297,900 15,662,900 15,921,800 16,124,700 16,410,200 16,805,600 17,087,400 16,813,100 17,041,000 17,306,200
  ICT EMPLOYMENT as a PERCENTAGE of CANADIAN EMPLOYMENT 3.6% 3.4% 3.3% 3.4% 3.4% 3.3% 3.3% 3.3% 3.3% 3.2%
Growth in ICT Sector Employment, 2002–2011 (Manufacturing and Services)
NAICS 2002 Industry % Change  
2009–2011
% Change  
2002–2011
CAGR          
2002–2011
¹Due to methodological changes in 2000, and methodological changes and revisions in 2003, data are not strictly comparable to data for previous years.
²Including self–employed.
³ Including self–employed. Due to methodological changes and data revisions in 2003 for the manufacturing industries, data for these years are not strictly comparable to data for previous years.

Sources: Statistics Canada. All italicised figures are Industry Canada estimates.
See Sources and Technical Notes for more details.
33331 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing1 4.4% 18.9% 1.9%
33411 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing1 3.4% –44.7% –6.4%
33421 Telephone Apparatus Manufacturing (Wired Communications Equipment)1 –8.9% –93.8% –26.6%
33422 Radio and Television Broadcasting and Wireless Communications Equipment Manufacturing1 –2.2% 51.8% 4.8%
33431 Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing1 –0.4% 2.0% 0.2%
33441 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing1 3.3% –35.8% –4.8%
33451 Navigational, Measuring, Medical and Control Instruments Manufacturing1 –5.0% –10.8% –1.3%
33592 Communication and Energy Wire and Cable Manufacturing1 –1.4% –49.2% –7.3%
  Total ICT Manufacturing1 –0.4% –20.0% –2.4%
51211 Software Publishers2 –0.2% 26.6% 2.7%
517 Communications Services 1.2% –3.1% –0.4%
51821 Data Processing, Hosting and Related Services2 0.1% 25.3% 2.5%
54151 Computer Systems Design and Related Services2 –1.0% 11.9% 1.3%
  Total ICT Services2 –0.3% 8.4% 0.9%
4173 Computer and Communications Equipment Supplies Wholesaler–Distributors –1.7% 2.3% 0.3%
41791 Office and Store Machinery and Equipment Wholesaler–Distributors 0.5% –20.2% –2.5%
  Total ICT Wholesaling –1.1% –4.8% –0.5%
  Total ICT Sector3 –0.4% 1.3% 0.1%
  TOTAL EMPLOYMENT in CANADA (including self–employed) 1.6% 13.1% 1.4%

Distribution of Employment by ICT Industry, 2011 (555,978 Workers)*
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Indexed Growth in Employment for the ICT Sector and the Canadian Economy, 2002-2011
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Indexed Growth in Employment by ICT Segment, 2002-2011
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