Employment and Income



Employers need workers with applicable skills and / or experience … Workers need secure and / or full-time jobs.
‘Other’ examples include: promoting / administering religious activities; grant-making; advocacy; dry cleaning / laundry; personal care; death care; 
pet care; photofinishing; services.
⇒ See the Statistics Canada info on jobs by industry
Growth in the Number of Businesses:

86% of businesses are small and locally owned and operated.

60.6% growth in registered businesses.

104.5% growth in self-employed business. That’s 1,096 new self-employed businesses in PEC in just four years.

Respondents to Business Retention & Expansion Surveys 2016 and 2017 said:


  • Local workforce lacks applicable skills
  • Training for employees is difficult to source
  • Available commercial space is limited
  • Potential employees cannot afford to live here

Despite these challenges 130 new positions were created in the manufacturing and construction sectors between 2014 and 2016.

80% of businesses are growing.
62% plan to expand.


  • More than 50% work part time or seasonally
  • Those with precarious and/or low-paid jobs can’t support themselves or their families
  • Some can’t get to work without public transportation
  • Many can’t live here due to lack of affordable housing

⇒ Read the Manufacturing & Construction Sector of the Business Retention & Expansion Report.

⇒ Read the Professional Services & Healthcare Jobs section of the Report.


Currently there are jobs in The County that go unfilled – could this be because education and local job opportunities are not well aligned?

Community Conversations 2017

We are losing our youth due to inadequate local employment and training options.

Community Conversations 2017

The community needs a strategy to get more skilled trades workers.

Comment in Bus. Retention & Expansion Reports 2017

The County’s economy has always been driven by small ­business and entrepreneurs, from farmers to shopkeepers to manufacturers. Business owners and employers have valuable insight and experience to contribute to ­community efforts to improve life in The County. We must not hesitate to tap every resource in our efforts to build a place where everyone can prosper.

PEOPLE WITHOUT JOBS or attainable housing cannot support themselves and their families.

Our lower participation and unemployment rates are likely a result of a high proportion of seniors in PEC – but they also suggest more people are leaving the workforce in PEC compared to the province. What are the implications for our economy?

AGRICULTURE is a pillar of our economy but it is changing. The median age of farmers is 56.4 years (54.8 in 2011) and we are down to 432 farms (477 in 2011) and 660 farm operators (710 in 2011). Consolidation of mid-size farms into “mega-farms” may mean the same acreage is farmed by fewer operators. New small farms have started since 2016, many by young families who aim to stay small and sell direct.

TRADESPEOPLE ARE IN DEMAND but our builders, electricians and plumbers are aging and only 8.6% of our youth are entering the trades. Many of our skilled workers are aging out of the workforce. Who will replace them? What are the implications?

Atelier Presbytere moved to PEC from Montreal.

We are attracting many NICHE BUSINESSES including ­microbreweries, specialty food producers, wellness practitioners, I.T. companies, “experience-based” tourism and flower farms to name just a few.

The number of KNOWLEDGE-BASED businesses is growing, as access to fast, reliable Internet increases.

Succession Planning – A “Good News” Story

Slieman Al Jasem came here as a teenaged refugee from Syria. Now he works with third generation fishing family Kendall and Joanne Dewey, who couldn’t find anyone who wanted to learn their trade. Prince Edward Learning Centre’s INSPIRE program helped get funding for minimum wage for Slieman while he learned the ropes. Now, with his mother and brother, he fishes, processes and sells fish direct to local consumers and restaurants. He hopes to be able to buy the Deweys’ fishing license and take over the processing plant. The Deweys are delighted that The County gets to keep its local fishery.


H.E.A.T. (Helping Employers Acquire Talent)

The County Workforce Partnership, a coalition of employers, the ­Chamber of Commerce, the municipality, Prince Edward Learning Centre and ­Career Edge, developed an innovative approach to assist tourism and hospitality sectors by providing unique flexible training and “work-ready” staff, and supporting employees with the cost of items such as uniforms, safety equipment, transportation, temporary child care. They hope to address the “applicable skills” gap cited often by ­employers, too.

BUILD A NEW LIFE is one of a number of initiatives by The County’s Community Development Department to attract new workers and ­businesses to The County. 

WORK WELL PEC is a network of employers and employees sharing resources, support and ideas about safe and healthy workplaces in PEC.

CAREER EDGE provides many services for employers and job seekers. 

PRINCE EDWARD LEARNING CENTRE ­provides programs that support development of essential skills, literacy and employment.

The Farming Assistance Grant Program which helps support ­farmers who are aged 19 to 39 and/or have been farming as their main ­occupation for less than 7 years.

ROC’s Youth Entrepreneur Success (YES) program offers young people ­opportunities to develop job skills, connect with mentors from the local business ­community and ­become inspired by entrepreneurship in PEC.

The Small Business Centre runs regular training programs.

Annual Job Fair is always well attended.



Median income has increased, however house prices, hydro and food costs have increased significantly more.

⇒ Click here for Statistics Canada details on Median Household Income & Income Distribution

How does this affect sense of belonging?


(defined as less than 50% median after-tax household income)

⇒ Click here for Statistics Canada source figures for Prevalence of Low Income

After paying for shelter and food, minimum wage earners and households on fixed incomes have very little – if any – remaining to cover other essential monthly expenses

HPE Public Health: The Real Cost of Eating Well in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties 2017

There is not enough full-time work that pays adequately. Many jobs are seasonal or part-time.

Community Conversations 2017

There is a growing income disparity in The County.

Community Conversations 2017