Ontario auto retail jobs hit record high

Ontario set a record for the highest employment of people in the auto retail sector in 2016, thanks in large part to franchised new car dealers.

Over 54,300 people were employed at new and used car dealerships, based on research from DesRosiers Automotive Consultants. It is the highest number ever recorded for dealership jobs within the province.

“During the last recession, hardly anyone was betting on dealership employment recovering in three short years,” said Todd Bourgon, Executive Director for Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA). “But here we are, selling a record number of vehicles and employing the most people we ever have in Ontario’s history.”

The recession resulted in the decline of many dealership jobs, but the issue has since been resolved as employment has increased by 16 per cent (or 7,432 jobs).

The upward trend in job growth also made the leap to 2017, with March representing a 3.4 per cent increase in auto retail employment compared to the same period in 2016.

Ontario alone makes up over 43 per cent of all automotive jobs in the country, “making it the largest region in Canada for automotive related employment,” based on the DesRosiers Report.

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