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Employment

Orillia's three largest employers - the Ontario Provincial Police General Headquarters, Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital and Casino Rama - are stable and as recession-proof as any industry can be. In addition, the education sector is growing in prominence thanks to the development of Lakehead University's campus in Orillia, combined with sustained growth and Georgian College's Orillia campus and the continued popularity of the OPP's training academy. These institutions bring stable, higher skilled jobs, as well as a consumer (student) population and will help to stimulate growth for years to come.

According to the most recent statistics available - the 2006 Census - the manufacturing sector now employs just 8.4% of the total population, a drop of 2.7% since 2001. While a concern for the community, this trend is consistent with the performance of the manufacturing sector in Ontario and across North America.

Areas of high labour force concentration in the City of Orillia in 2006 include:

  • Sales and service occupations - 37.2%
  • Business, finance and administration occupations - 16.0%
  • Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations - 12.8%
  • Manufacturing - 8.4%
  • Management Occupations - 7.6%

Current Regional Unemployment Stats

For more information contact the Economic Development Office at 705-325-4900 or by emailing edc@orillia.ca

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