Innisfil has an educated available workforce that is currently being underutilized. For a business that wants to settle in the area, this means ready access to workers who would be interested in remaining local, rather than commuting.
Educational attainment levels (Figure 1) for Innisfil’s population indicates that approximately 48% of women and 46% of men have a post-secondary education.of education. Figure 2 illustrates the post-secondary field of study for both men and women.
The skills and training of men and women are very different in Innisfil, as indicated by Figure 2 (preceding page). Women in general have a higher level of education than men.
The top fields of study for women are:
- Health professions
The top fields of study for men are:
- Mechanic and repair technologies/technicians
- Construction trades
- Business management and marketing
Statistics Canada estimates the current labour force in, and within a 60 minute commute of Innisfil, at 20,645 persons. Participation and employment rates are higher in Innisfil than Ontario for the overall population. Approximately 11,915 Innisfil residents commute to work out of town. That means that 82% of the local population is employed outside of Innisfil.
However, Innisfil attracts approximately 3,370 persons to work in the town. Based on the commuting flow patterns, it is clear that residents of Innisfil are traveling as far as 90-minutes (e.g. to Hamilton) for work. Bringing businesses to the area that can provide stable, valuable employment so that residents can end the commute and enjoy the lakeside lifestyle a little more, is one of our priorities!
Occupations with the greatest opportunities in Innisfil, over the last five years were:
- Creative designers and Craftsperson
- Other engineers
- Contractors and supervisors, in industrial, electrical and construction trades, as well as related workers.