Landscaping and ground maintenance labourers – NOC 8612


Number of People Who Work in this Industry


Median Income of People Working in this Occupation


Chance this Occupation Will Be Impacted by Technology in the Next Decade


Participation Rate
Percentage of the number of people currently working in the occupation as compared to the total number of people within the occupation as of the week of
May 1 to May 7 2016


Unemployment Rate
Percentage of people looking for work as compared to the total number of people in the occupation as of the week of May 1 to May 7 2016 when the unemployment rate in SDG was 5.8%


of People Working in this Occupation

38.4% of the workforce has a secondary school diploma

31.5% of the workforce does not have a secondary school diploma

Age of the Workforce

in this Occupation

44.7% of the workforce is age 15 to 24

Sectors that Employ this Occupation

38% of landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers work in administrative and support/waste management services.

23% work in arts, culture, and recreation.

Employment Outlook

The employment outlook in our region for 2017-2019 is fair.  Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions and a moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.  High employee turnover in this occupation could lead to additional employment opportunities. There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Projected growth rate in Ontario: 7.1%-8%

More Information

What Else Do I Need to Know?

  • Employment Outlook for Landscaping and Ground Maintenance Labourers in the Ottawa Economic Region is fair. Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers tend to be concentrated in large urban areas. Employment growth in this occupation is dependent upon business and consumer demand for landscaping and lawn care services. The ongoing need to maintain public and commercial green spaces across the province also helps support prospects for these workers. However, during slower economic periods, consumers and businesses may choose to limit spending on these services and elect to postpone projects or complete the work themselves, affecting the demand for this occupation.
  • This field attracts a large number of younger workers due to the low skill requirements and the seasonal nature of the position which appeals to many summer students. Almost 48% of those employed were youth between the ages of 15 and 24. Most of the openings in this occupation will stem from the high level of staff turnover due to seasonality and the physical demands of the job. During peak periods in spring, summer and autumn, landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers may be expected to work long hours and are likely to be without employment during the winter months.
  • A substantial portion of workers have adapted to providing snow removal services during the winter months to supplement their incomes.
  • Labourers in this field may be required to travel to various sites so those with a valid driver’s licence may have greater job potential.
  • For more information directly from local employers about this occupation, click on Professional, Technical & Education Services Sector, Arts, Culture & Recreation Services Sector, Wholesale & Retail Trade Services Sector, Household & Personal Services Sector