Fact Sheet: Professional Services

The professional services industry is broad and comprises businesses that provide professional, scientific and technical services. These businesses rely primarily on human capital, that is, they make available to other companies or organizations the knowledge and skills of their employees, often on an assignment basis. The main industries in this sector are legal services, design services, management, scientific and technical consulting services, scientific research and development services, and advertising services.

Statistics for 2013

  • Percent of GDP: 5.3%
  • Direct employment in Canada: 820,307 jobs
  • Exports: $3.6 billion (2012)

Source: Statistics Canada

Key Markets

European Union, India, Singapore, United Arab Emirates