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Drafting & Design Industry Outlook for 2022: Wages and Prospects


If you’re the creative type that likes you use your imagination to solve problems, a drafting and design engineering career might be for you. But you might be wondering what sort of pay you can expect and what does the job market look like in Canada? We have the answers that will help you craft a blueprint for your career path.

A Per Hour Wage Varies Widely

Where you live in Canada and how much experience you have has a big impact on how much you can expect to make. According to the Government of Canada, the lowest wages in the country are around 15.91 per hour in Prince Edward Island, while the highest wages are $60 per hour in Newfoundland and Labrador.



Wages ($/hour)
Low Median High
Canada 20.00 28.40 42.56
Alberta 25.00 36.92 50.00
British Columbia 20.88 31.00 39.00
Manitoba 19.23 25.48 42.56
New Brunswick 19.00 26.44 32.50
Newfoundland and Labrador 21.00 28.00 60.00
Northwest Territories N/A N/A N/A
Nova Scotia 19.00 28.32 39.49
Nunavut N/A N/A N/A
Ontario 20.00 27.88 42.00
Prince Edward Island 15.91 21.50 36.00
Quebec 19.00 25.00 35.00
Saskatchewan 22.00 33.00 40.42
Yukon Territory N/A N/A N/A

*table provided by the Government of Canada: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/marketreport/wages-occupation/3429/ca;jsessionid=A9B98310C4945431520B4EF7FA3552C6.jobsearch74

What are the Job Prospects?

A big paycheck is all well and good, but are there actually jobs to be had out there in the real world? Overall, if you’re willing to relocate, you’re fairly likely to get a job if you graduate in the next three years. The Government of Canada predicts that until 2028, there will be a total of 17,100 new job openings in this field. The best provinces to find employment during this time are Quebec and New Brunswick as a large section of the field will be retiring and they have a small number of unemployed workers.

What’s My Next Move?

As part of your research, talk to one of our career advisors to learn more about the industry outlook and your future career. Brighton College has everything you need to start a drafting and design career that’s built for improvement and success.

For more information, contact a career advisor today at 604-256-6828.

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