Job prospects Personal Support Worker - Home Support near Montréal (QC)

Explore current and future job prospects for Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations near Montréal (QC). These trends also apply to people working as a personal support worker - home support.

Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.

Recent trends

Balanced labour market

The prospect of finding work in this occupation was fair over the past few years (2016-2018). The number of job openings was about the same as the number of workers available.

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Job prospects

personal support worker - home support
Prospects over the next 3 years
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The employment outlook will be good for Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations (NOC 4412) in the census metropolitan area of Montréal for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Opportunities will be primarily available to candidates holding a Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS) in institutional and home care assistance, particularly for public sector positions. Some jobs do not require this degree, but may require different certifications, the most common of which are first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the Principles of Safe Movement of Beneficiaries (PDSB), as well as that on delegated acts (Act 90). Employers usually look for reliable, independent, respectful people with good interpersonal skills, initiative and flexibility. However, a valid driver's license, access to a car and physical fitness are sometime necessary. Several positions are casual and require evening and weekend work.

The employment trend in this occupation depends on demographic, organizational and budgetary factors. On the demographic side, the aging of the population and the increase in life expectancy stimulate the demand for this type of service, of which seniors are the main clientele. In addition, the fact that an increasing number of seniors want to stay at home as long as possible is leading to an increase in home care needs. Consequently, the government has increased the budgets dedicated to these services, but as they are insufficient to meet demand, the private sector has developed an offer of services which is also expanding.

Here are some key facts about Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations in the census metropolitan area of Montréal:

  • Approximately 8,020 people work in this occupation.
  • Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Nursing and residential care facilities and social assistance (NAICS 623-624): 34%
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 32%
    • Other services (except public administration) (NAICS 81): 22%
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