Labour Force Highlights 

  • 2019 Local work force of 76,561 (estimate)
  • 2019 Regional workforce of 302,100 and home to the 4th largest manufacturing workforce in Canada
  • Cambridge is known for its strong labour force, in particular skilled tradesmen, manufacturing, middle management, and science and technology personnel
  • Various local examples of innovative manufacturing based employment strategies
  • Competitive wage rates
  • Diversity of the local population adds strength to the Cambridge labour force
 Labour force status

View Statistics Canada Labour force status chart for more information

More information on unemployment data based on Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge CMA

 Labour force by occupational classification
 View Statistics Canada Labour force by occupational classification 
 Labour force by industry North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)
 View Statistics Canada Labour force by industry for more information 


The largest union representation in Cambridge includes the United Steel Workers, Food and Commercial Workers and Canadian Auto Workers.  In Cambridge, there are 2,696 companies in the manufacturing, construction, transportation and communications industries of which 66 (3%) are unionized. Strikes and lockouts are minimal.

Some of Cambridge's top employers such as Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Rockwell Automation, and ATS Automation Tooling Systems are non-union operations.

Wage Rates

Wage report  data by occupation code for the Kitchener- Waterloo-Cambridge -Barrie region can be viewed through the Government of Canada's Job Bank.

Labour market information such as availability of workers, programs and services offered by the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada  

Information on Employment Standards can be found at the Ministry of Labour

Minimum wages for employers are regulated by the provincial government's Ministry of Labour.

Minimum Wage Rates
DateGeneralStudentLiquor Servers 

October 1, 2020

$14.25 $13.40 $12.45
January 1, 2018 $14.00 $13.15 $12.20
October 1, 2017 $11.60 $10.90 $10.10
October 1, 2016 $11.40 $10.70 $9.90

For other information on employment standards such as parental leave, vacation pay, termination of employment, etc. please contact: Ontario Ministry of Labour.