Local Job Market Summary
This page has been created to support your job search in Guelph and Wellington County. It has information for immigrants about the local job market and will give you an idea of what industries are growing, where job opportunities are and tips on how best to find them.
The information on this site comes from reports written in 2011 and 2014. Please be sure to check updated employment stats for more current information. We hope these facts will help you plan the next steps of your career search and successfully settle in our beautiful community.
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Guelph's unemployment rate is generally lower than the national average.Find out more
Small business is big business
Small businesses are employing more people in 2014.Find out more
The In Demand Jobs 
There are a wide range of job titles for 'In-Demand' jobs.Find out more
Jobs In Guelph
These are the occupations in which immigrants are finding work.Find out more
Make Guelph Your Home
With reliable transportation you have options where you can work.Find out more
Working For Yourself Is An Option
Entrepreneurship is something anyone moving to Guelph should consider as part of their job search.Find out more
Average Annual Salaries
These charts show the range of salaries for jobs across all of Ontario and Canada.Find out more
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Guelph Has Growing Industries
New businesses are starting up in a variety of industries.Find out more
Top Industries In Guelph
This table shows the top industries in Guelph [each of which has more than 40 independent businesses].Find out more
Big Employers Are Big
13 Guelph employers have more than 500 employees.Find out more
Tips: The first 12 months of your job search will be the most challenging. Having a strong family and community network will help. Networking and building professional relationships will help you find work.
Network & ConnectFind out more
Build your local network
You will most likely find a job through building personal relationships, not an ad in the newspaper.Find out more
Know [and grow] your skills
Building your career will require a wide range of technical and people skills.Find out more
Guelph Is Growing
The community of Guelph is expecting to grow over the next 15 years. This includes new residents and new employers.Find out more
Immigrants Of All Ages Are Working
This chart shows that immigrants from the ages of 15 to 65+ are an important part of the labour force.Find out more
Finding Work As A New Canadian will be hard in your first year.Find out more
Opportunities Can Be Found
In many job categories immigrants have a lower unemployment rate than the average labour force.Find out more
Tips: Credentials from your country may not translate to the job you want right away. You may need to re-certify your professional qualifications.
There is a lot of interest by employers, the government and the media about the role that immigrants play in our work force. These recent news articles show the challenges and rewards of rebuilding your career in Canada.Download the Full Report (PDF)
From the media:
- Guelph Mercury – 'Hope and hardship' common elements of new immigrant experience in Guelph
- The Globe and Mail – Why newcomers are beginning to bypass Canada's big cities
- Macleans – 22 maps of Canada as you've never seen it before (scroll down to Five Years of Job Growth)
- Magnet – 5 Ways to Gain Momentum in Your Career, From a Successful Immigrant
- City of Guelph – 2012 Community Profile (pdf)