Industrial services industry has increased its payroll and added jobs in the past year, but the demand is still not enough to sustain growth.
The industry employs more than one million people in Ontario and more than 40,000 people across Canada, according to the latest figures from the Ontario Ministry of Labour.
But there are signs it is slowing the hiring process and not taking up all the available work.
Industrial services services industry includes automotive, aerospace, industrial design, manufacturing, construction, and retail and food services.
There are now more than 5,000 workers in Ontario working in this sector, according the Ministry of Labor.
That compares to about 7,000 in 2016.
While there are now thousands more workers in the sector, they are only at the beginning stages of what the industry is looking to achieve.
“I think the number of jobs that we are seeing is actually more of an illusion than an actual number, because there are still thousands of workers that are waiting for their next job,” said Mike Wren, president of the Ontario Federation of Labour, the union representing most of the industrial services industries.
Industry Services Industry Canada, a trade association representing the industrial service sector, has called on Ontario to open up the economy to the private sector, to help people get back on their feet and make more money.
“If you have a government that’s telling you that it’s not going to get its act together, that’s not good for businesses, that can actually hurt their ability to compete,” said Kevin Haggerty, president and CEO of Industry Services Canada.
“We don’t want to be at a point where we have a business that is just being run by people who have no business-savvy skills.”
Wren said the private industry is a much bigger threat to the industry’s survival than the government.
“The private sector is a lot more difficult to regulate,” he said.
“They’re not going go into a restaurant that has to prove that they are a legitimate business.
They’re going into a grocery store, and they’re not allowed to go in there to do the grocery shopping.”
Industry Services Ontario has been in talks with the federal government about providing training and job training to help small businesses.
Industry Canada says about $2.5 billion has been raised through government-funded grants and loans, and that it is trying to expand its operations to other industries.
In a statement, Industry Services Minister Brad Duguid said his government is investing more than $1 billion to create thousands of new jobs in industries including retail, hospitality, and food service.
“In addition to training and support for small businesses, we will invest more than a billion dollars in training and training for the public service, to increase access to skills for the people of Ontario,” he wrote in the statement.
“As we move forward, we’re making investments in our infrastructure, including the infrastructure in our province that supports industries, including small businesses.”