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By The Numbers


massive data sources

13 billion+

data points leveraged


careers to explore


custom applications of this data

Where We Get Our Data

Data for occupation attributes like skills, abilities, knowledge, work activities, tools, training and education is sourced from O*NET and Vicinity Jobs databases. Salary information is sourced from Statistics Canada's Canadian Labour Force Survey (LFS). Employment growth prospects are based on data from the The Model of Occupations, Skills and Technology (MOST), and from an occupational forecast produced by Employment and Social Development Canada.


We use O*NET data to measure skills and abilities. The O*NET database contains a rich set of variables that describe work and worker characteristics for nearly 1,000 occupations, including:

  • Skills
  • Knowledge
  • Abilities
  • Work activities
  • Education, training, and experience

Vicinity Jobs

Vicinity Jobs is a rich source of Canadian-specific data. We use Vicinity Jobs along with O*NET data to calculate similarity scores that measure how comparable jobs are to one another. Like O*NET, Vicinity Jobs data describe characteristics for occupations including:

  • General (soft) and specialized (hard) skills
  • Tool and equipment and technology skills
  • Experience and education requirement

Canadian Labour Force Survey (LFS)

Updated monthly by Statistics Canada, the Labour Force Survey provides estimates of employment and unemployment in Canada, drilling down by industry, occupation, public and private sector, hours worked and much more. It also provides data on wage rates, which we use to show average salaries.


The Model of Occupations, Skills and Technology (MOST) generates detailed occupational and industry-level projections for every region in Canada and connects the findings with specific skills. We use The MOST to show growth prospects for each career. It includes:

  • Forecasts for 500 occupational groups
  • Employment estimates for nearly 700 different industries
  • Skill requirements for occupations described using 35 skills categories

Custom Applications

OpportuNext is built on these powerful databases, but the data can be leveraged in many ways. If you have a specific challenge to address, we can leverage this data to create a tailored solution that meets your exact needs. If you would like more detail on our data sources and how we use them, you can contact us.

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