Local Industry

There are seven priority sectors in Durham Region, each of which focusing on an area of the Region offering strong employment prospects and viability into the future. Below you will find a description of each priority sector as well as potential jobs and further resources for that sector.

Advanced Manufacturing

Automated production line in modern Solar silicon factoryModern technology has allowed for manufacturing to be done more efficiently and effectively than ever before. Advanced manufacturing involves the integration and use of these new technologies throughout the production line to improve manufacturing processes, leading to faster, cheaper, and cleaner production. Rather than focusing on workers on the assembly line, advanced manufacturing focuses on using innovative technologies to give organizations a long-term, sustainable competitive advantage.

Some potential jobs in this sector include Industrial Engineer, Industrial Instrument Technician, Industrial Designer, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Technologist, and more.

Learn more about this sector by visiting these organizations:

Canadian Manufacturing www.canadianmanufacturing.com

Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters www.cme-mec.ca

Agri-Business

Woman with laptop in corn fieldAgri-business is more than just the farms that produce our food, but includes all of the companies that grow, harvest, process, and distrute food, drinks, and other bio products. This covers the entire supply chain such as equipment dealers, feed and seed suppliers and veterinarians. Agri-business consists of inputs to agriculture, agriculture production, food processing and distribution, food service and food retail.

Some potential jobs in this sector include Agricultural Farm Supervisor, Food Products Inspector, Fish Farm Worker, Veterinary Technician, and more.

Learn more about this sector by visiting these organizations:

Durham Farm Connections: www.durhamfarmconnections.ca

Durham Region Federation of Agriculture: www.ofa.on.ca/federations/durham

Ontario Federation of Agriculture www.ofa.on.ca/resources

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Farming and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english

Construction

Construction workerThe construction sector is primarily involved in constructing, repairing and renovating buildings and engineering works, and subdividing and developing land. Companies in this sector may operate independently or under contract to other establishments or property owners, producing either complete projects or just parts of projects. It is common for companies in this sector to either subcontract parts of their work or directly work together with other companies. Establishments may produce new construction or undertake repairs and renovations to existing structures.

Some potential jobs in this sector include Civil Engineer, Carpenter, Concrete Finisher, Electrician, and more.

Learn more about this sector by visiting these organizations:

Build Force Canada www.buildforce.ca

Ontario Construction Secretariat www.iciconstruction.com

Film

The film sector has a wide range of contributors from publishing, film, television, audio among others. Durham Region’s aesthetic with quaint downtowns, historical buildings and modern settings creates a beneficial use for film and television projects. The film industry in Durham Region is on the rise, assisted by Ontario Creates and the new ready to roll campaign.

Some potential jobs in this sector include Actor, Dancer, Musician, Producer, and more.

Learn more about this sector by visiting these organizations:

Ontario Creates www.ontariocreates.ca

ACTRA www.actratoronto.com

Health and Bioscience

Male Doctor Holding Digital TabletThe health and bioscience sector covers a wide range of establishments including those engaged in oilseed and grain farming, pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing, general medicinal and surgical hospitals, chemical product manufacturing, providing health care by diagnosis and treatment, providing residential care for medical and social reasons, and providing social assistance, such as counselling, welfare, child protection, community housing and food services, vocational rehabilitation and child care, to those requiring such assistance.

Some potential jobs in this sector include Dental Hygienist, Clinical Researcher, Nurse, Medical Laboratory Technologist, and more.

Learn more about this sector by visiting these organizations:

Ontario Long-term Care Association www.oltca.com/OLTCA

Ontario Health Coalition www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca

Personal Support Worker HQ www.personalsupportworkerhq.com

Ministry of Health www.health.gov.on.ca

Information and Communication Technology

Man using laptop to check servers in data centerThe information and communication technology (or ICT) sector focuses on products and services intended to carry out the functions of communication and processing information. This sector includes technologies such as computers, computer accessories, software, and connections to the internet. Goods and/or services must be primarily for information processing or communication by electronic means to be considered part of the ICT sector.

Some potential jobs in this sector include Software Engineer, Computer Network Technician, Information Systems Analyst, Computer Programmer, and more.

Learn more about this sector by visiting these organizations:

Information Technology Canada www.itac.ca/contact-us

The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists www.oacett.org

Multimodal Transportation and Logistics

Multimodal TransportaitonThe multimodal transportation and logistics sector involves the transportation of passengers and goods, warehousing and storing goods, and providing services to these establishments. The different modes of transportation included in this sector are ground transportation (trucking, transit and ground passenger), rail, water, air, and pipelines. National post offices and courier organizations, which also transport goods, are included in this sector.

Some potential jobs in this sector include Transport Truck Driver, Bus Scheduler, Shipper/Receiver, Courier Service Driver, and more.

Learn more about this sector by visiting these organizations:

Canadian Trucking Alliance www.cantruck.ca/provincial-associations

Supply Chain Canada www.supplychaincanada.com/about/history

Retail Trade

The retail trade sector involves companies that buy and sell merchandise, generally without transformation, and offer services related to the sale of merchandise. The retailing process is the final step in the distribution of merchandise. This sector sells merchandise in small quantities to the general public, usually purchased through suppliers and wholesalers. Purchase of goods for resale distinguishes the retail trade sector from other industries involved in sale and purchase of products and services.

Some potential jobs in this sector include Cashier, Retail/Wholesale Buyer, Retail Salesperson, Retail Manager, and more.

Learn more about this sector by visiting these organizations:

Retail Council of Canada www.retailcouncil.org

Retail Insider www.retail-insider.com

Sustainable Energy

Sustainable EnergyThe sustainable energy sector is all about the effective and efficient production and use of energy from clean and sustainable sources. It isn’t just about more electricity; it is about producing and using energy in a way that meets our needs while improving quality of life and preserving ecological systems for future generations indefinitely. Sustainable energy includes various sources such as hydroelectricity, bioenergy, wind energy, solar energy, geothermal energy, ocean energy, and nuclear energy. Several of these sources can be found within Durham Region.

Some potential jobs in this sector include Power Engineer, Power System Electrician, Electrical Power Line and Cable Worker, and more.

Learn more about this sector by visiting these organizations:

Canadian Renewable Energy Association Canada www.renewablesassociation.ca

Canadian Solar Energy Association www.cansia.ca