Tailors, Dressmakers, Furriers and Milliners – NOC 6342 SDG

How many people work in this occupation in SDG?                         


95 people work as Tailors, Dressmakers, Furriers and Milliners in SDG. The unemployment rate is unavailable.


How many employers are there in SDG?


There are five Clothing Manufacturers in SDG. Two (40%) are owner-operated businesses with no employees. All Clothing Manufacturers have fewer than five employees. There are 770 employers in the Retail Trade Sector in SDG. 41.4% of these businesses are owner-operators with no employees. 60.8% of businesses in Retail have fewer than five employees.


What is the age of the workforce?**


Data suppressed due to confidentiality requirements.


What education is required to do this job?


100.0% of the workforce has a certificate, diploma or degree. Additional information has been suppressed due to confidentiality.


What do people in this occupation earn?*


The median income for Tailors, Dressmakers, Furriers and Milliners is unavailable.


What else should I know?

  • The number of businesses operating in the retail sector has remained consistent since 2012.
  • Employment Outcome for Tailors, Dressmakers, Furriers and Milliners in the Ottawa Economic Region is limited. Demand for individuals in this occupational group in Ontario has weakened over the past few decades. Employee turnover and retirements are expected to be the main source of future job openings. Relative to all occupations in Ontario, this occupational group has a higher rate of self-employment..
  • Clothing manufacturers employ the largest share of Tailors, Dressmakers, Furriers and Milliners in Ontario. Over the last several years there has been a significant decrease in the number of these businesses, largely due to increased competition from overseas companies who have significantly lower production costs. In Ontario, the value of imports of manufactured clothing grew 63% between 2003 and 2013 while domestic exports declined by 51% over the same period. Further, several local manufacturers of clothing have moved their production to offshore locations. Job opportunities in the sector are also being adversely affected by the prevalence of on-line shopping and the high share of purchases sourced from foreign markets. The use of advanced tools in garment manufacturing will also moderate demand for these workers.
  • Just less than one-quarter of the workforce in this occupational group provides services in clothing alteration and repair shops. Clothing retailers also represent an important source of employment for individuals in this occupational group. Tailors and dressmakers with strong tailoring skills may find some work opportunities in smaller retail establishments that do custom sewing for niche markets. Closures and downsizing by some larger, more traditional stores across Ontario will temper work opportunities, particularly for alterationists. Over the next few years, job prospects may improve for furriers due some resurgence in demand for fur garments.
  • Bilingualism is an asset.
  • For more information directly from local employers about this occupation, click on Manufacturing Services Sector and/or Wholesale & Retail Trade Services Sector.


* Median income means that 50% of the people in the occupation earn less and 50% earn more. It is a more accurate measure of typical income than using an average.

** Data suppressed due to confidentiality requirements.

Source: Census and National Household Survey 2011 and Canadian Business Pattern Data 2014, Statistics Canada