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Canada's three largest cities1: Snapshot of an industry mix

Montréal has a slightly greater concentration of manufacturing employment (13.2%) than Toronto (11.8%). Despite losses, manufacturing employment still ranks second in both cities after trade, followed by health and social assistance services in Montréal, and finance, insurance, real estate and leasing services in Toronto.

Nationally, manufacturing dropped from being the second largest employer in 20072, just after retail trade, to third.  Growth in health care and social assistance services pushed this industry up to the second rank. Employment in manufacturing fell by 12.4% in 2009 from 2007, while it grew by nearly 6% in health and social assistance.

Chart - Employment in Canada's three largest cities1: Snapshot of an industry mix

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Employment in Canada's three largest cities: Snapshot of an industry mix

Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, 2009.

Unsurprisingly, Toronto leads in the finance, insurance, real estate and leasing industry, with more than one in 10 of its workers employed in this sector, compared with 6.6% and 7.4% in Montréal and Vancouver respectively.

On average, one out of 10 workers in each of the metropolitan areas of Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver are employed in the professional, scientific and technical services industry. Nationally, employment in this industry grew by almost 6%, an increase that made it the fourth biggest employer overall in 2009—while it was in fifth position in 2007—and the third largest in the services-producing sector. Over one-quarter of national employment in professional, scientific and technical services is located in Toronto. 

Notes

  1. The term cities refers to the concept of Census Metropolitan Area (CMA).
  2. Because the recent economic downturn started in the last quarter of 2008, the year 2007, which was a "normal cycle" year, was chosen for comparison with 2009.

Table - Employment in Canada's three largest cities1: Snapshot of an industry mix

  Montréal Toronto Vancouver
Concentration of metropolitan area workers in selected industries (%)
Manufacturing 13.2 11.8 7.4
Finance, insurance, real estate and leasing 6.6 10.8 7.4
Professional, scientific and technical services 9.5 10.5 9.5
Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, 2009.

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