Toronto Employment Survey

Bulletins (PDF)

This bulletin summarizes the results of the 34th annual Toronto Employment Survey and provides an analysis of changes in Toronto's economy over the past decade. The bulletin reports on key employment trends by sector, and on evolving employment patterns across the City and in Downtown, the Centres, Employment Areas, and Secondary Plan areas. This edition of the bulletin also discusses the survey's improvements to usage and validation of North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) coding, and assesses coverage of establishments across the city through a comparison of survey data to data from Statistics Canada's Business Register and Environics Analytics' Business Locations. The 2016 survey counted 1,461,020 jobs, an increase of 38,740 jobs or 2.7% from Toronto's overall employment base in 2015. 

Welcome to the Toronto Employment Survey

Since 1983, Toronto's City Planning Division has monitored the City's employment by conducting an annual survey of businesses. The data collected is vital to monitor the City's economic health, as well as aiding in decision and policy making. It is essential background information for forecasting and planning the City's infrastructure and services for the citizens and businesses of Toronto. The Survey is a unique resource in Canada for the private and public sectors.

How it works

Throughout the summer, surveyors from the City Planning Division's Policy & Research section visit each and every business establishment in the City of Toronto. That's over 75,710 locations! The surveyors collect information about the number of employees working there, and the type of work that is taking place. No other programme relates Toronto employment and land use.

Your information is confidential

Of course, the information collected is treated as strictly confidential. The data is only released to the public in aggregate form. This way, employment patterns can be studied without revealing specific information on individual businesses.

We need YOU!

The continued success of this important survey depends upon the co-operation and assistance of the City's business community. We rely on each business establishment to provide us with information on the number of full- and part-time employees as well as the type of employment activity taking place at each location.

Watch out for a surveyor at your business this summer and count your business in!


Contact us

If you have any questions or comments, we'd love to hear from you! Contact the Toronto Employment Survey at: 
Tel: 416-392-7864
Fax: 416-696-4226
TTY: 416-392-8764

Research and Information
City Planning Division
Metro Hall, 22nd floor
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 3C6

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