Labour Force & Education

Within 45 minutes driving time of Port Colborne is a labour force of over 200,000 people across the Niagara Region. This contributes to the educated and highly specialized labour force of over 9,000 individuals in Port Colborne itself. There are several post-secondary education institutions in close proximity to Port Colborne. Many opportunities exist for companies to interact directly with area high schools, colleges, and universities through co-ops and other partnerships. With the diversified skill sets and education levels found across Niagara, companies in Port Colborne are able to tap into a modern labour force to reach their business targets.

For current unemployment rates and labour force participation rates for Port Colborne, please visit Statistics Canada - Labour Force Characteristics. Please note that Port Colborne is included in the St. Catharines - Niagara Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) for calculations of labour force characteristics. Unfortunately, there is no unemployment rate regularly calculated for Port Colborne's labour force at this time.


Labour Force Statistsics

Percent of Population 25 Years and Older by Education Attainment
Highest Level of Education Attained Port Colborne

St. Catharines - Niagara CMA

No certificate, diploma, or degree 12% 21%
High school certificate or equivalent 25% 28%
Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma 10% 11%
College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma 25% 22%
University certificate or diploma below the bachelor level 4% 3%
University certificate, diploma, or degree 22% 15%
Data sourced from FPmarkets; Canadian Demographics 2012   


Percentage of Labour Force Employed in Occupation Group
Occupation Group Port Colborne St. Catharines - Niagara CMA
Management occupations 13% 9%
Business; finance and administration occupations 17% 16%
Natural and applied sciences and related occupations 5% 4%
Health occupations 7% 6%
Occupations in social science; education; government service and religion 4% 4%
Education 6% 4%
Occupations in art; culture; recreation and sport 3% 3%
Sales and service occupations 20% 30%
Trades; transport and equipment operators and related occupations 14% 15%
Occupations unique to primary industry 6% 4%
Occupations unique to processing; manufacturing and utilities 5% 6%
Data sourced from FPmarkets; Canadian Demographics 2012   


Percent of Labour Force Engaged in Industry Type
Industry Type Port Colborne St. Catharines - Niagara CMA 
Agriculture and other resource based industries 3% 4%
Construction 7% 6%
Manufacturing 16% 13%
Wholesale trade 3% 4%
Retail trade 13% 12%
Finance and real estate 4% 5%
Health care and social services 11% 10%
Educational services 5% 6%
Business services 17% 16%
Other services 21% 25%
Data sourced from Statistics Canada; 2006 Census of Population  


Average Employment Income in Port Colborne
Income Type Male  Female
Employment income $43,229 $26,232
Full-time Employment Income $62,807 $40,726
Data sourced from FPmarkets; Canadian Demographics 2012