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If you are interested in working as a Purchasing Manager in Canada, you will be pleased to know that the job outlook for your occupation in Canada is extremely healthy with slightly more opportunities projected than job seekers.

You can use this overview of the Canadian employment prospects in your field to start planning your immigration and settlement in Canada.


Important statistics for this occupation:

  • The majority of new job openings in this field will result from retirements, since workers in this field are typically older than average.
  • Expansion demand and stabilization of public finances will also increase the number of opportunities available in this field.
  • Many newcomers to this field come from other professions such as the school system and public administration.
  • Candidates with considerable experience in finance, public administration, or business, along with solid management skills, will be good candidates for this occupation.
  • Purchasing managers are always needed in Canada’s major cities. However, many smaller cities and towns across Canada are experiencing economic booms and are in need of experienced purchasing managers to lead new and expanding companies.
  • The median yearly income for a Purchasing Manager is $75,800 in Canada, with high incomes reported in the range of $123,600.

Duties for Purchasing Managers

Purchasing managers work in purchasing departments, planning, organizing, directing, controlling and evaluating activities. They develop and implement the purchasing policies of a business or institution. They are employed throughout the public and private sectors.

Description of Main Duties

Purchasing Managers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the purchasing activities of an establishment
  • Develop purchasing policies and procedures and control purchasing department budget
  • Identify vendors of materials, equipment or supplies
  • Evaluate cost and quality of goods or services
  • Negotiate or oversee the negotiation of purchase contracts
  • Participate in the development of specifications for equipment, products or substitute materials
  • Review and process claims against suppliers
  • Interview, hire and oversee training of staff.

Example job titles for Purchasing Managers:

  • Contract manager
  • Director, procurement operations
  • Director, purchasing
  • Food purchasing manager
  • Manager, purchasing contracts
  • Material manager
  • Purchasing manager

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