Hamilton – Employment and Labour Market


Hamilton has a broad economic base and diverse opportunities for work in a variety of sectors. Hamilton is well known for its life science and biotechnology sectors. Hamilton Health Sciences (made up of six major hospitals and a cancer centre) employs more Hamiltonians than any other organization in the city, and that number only continues to grow.

Despite shrinking over the last few years, manufacturing is still an important sector of Hamilton’s economy. Agri-business and food processing, clean technology, creative industries, and goods movement have also been identified as strong or emerging industries central to Hamilton’s economy. In addition, Hamilton also has a growing tourism industry, a busy food and beverage sector, and is a leading port in the Great Lakes.

If you are not sure what your first or next steps towards employment are, Hamilton has dozens of services to help you figure it out. Employment services at the Immigrant Women’s Centre and various outside agencies can help guide you in your job search. The Job Search Workshop (JSW) at the Immigrant Women’s Centre includes an employment needs assessment by an Employment Specialist, one-on-one coaching, key tips, techniques and strategies for job search, applications and interviews, and much more. Immigrant Women’s Centre also offer information sessions on employment-related topics such as accreditation and licensing in your field, and having your degree or diploma evaluated.

There are a number of other important resources in Hamilton to support you in your job search. Workforce Planning Hamilton provides current information about Hamilton’s labour market, with sector specific information to help you plan your next steps. Employment Ontario programs are delivered by a number of services providers in Hamilton. You can also use Employment Ontario’s online tool to find the right program and location for you, and take a look at the Ontario Job Bank and Hamilton Job Bank listings to see current opportunities. There are a number of other job banks with job postings for Hamilton, including Indeed, Localwork.ca, monster.ca, and the Employment Hamilton Job Board, among others.