Estimated median employment income based on 2021 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))
Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2021 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))
Source: 2021 Job Bank Wage Report
Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook
10 year expected job openings: 13,110
In general, janitors, caretakers and building superintendents:
They may also:
Caretakers and building superintendents of residential buildings may also:
Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents work for office and apartment building management companies, strata corporations, school boards, universities, hospitals, recreational facilities as well as shopping malls.
Many cleaners work evenings and weekends when buildings are empty. School and hospital janitors usually work during the day. Janitors may work shifts in buildings that need 24-hour maintenance. In buildings that have set opening and shut-down routines, workers may do split shifts (two short, separate shifts in a single day).
Janitors, caretakers and superintendents usually work indoors. Some of the work takes place outside, like sweeping walkways, mowing lawns and shovelling snow. Employees usually work alone and call in more specialized help when needed.
Some caretakers and building superintendents live in the buildings where they work, providing on-call service. Many enjoy dealing with the people who live or work in the building.
This work can be physically demanding. Workers spend much of their time on their feet, sometimes lifting/pushing heavy furniture and equipment. Many tasks, such as dusting and sweeping, require bending, stretching, kneeling as well as crouching. Workers also often use noisy equipment and chemical cleaning products. Some tasks, like cleaning bathrooms and trash rooms, can be dirty and unpleasant. Working conditions for janitors have changed, though, as many employers have begun to use natural products and better-designed equipment, including lightweight mopping systems.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected this role greatly. Higher standards and more focus on cleaning and disinfecting have increased the demands on janitors, caretakers and building superintendents. It has also shown how important this work is.
Source: 2016 Census
Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents may need a high school diploma, especially if they supervise others. Cleaners receive on-the-job training which includes safety instruction.
Some positions also require:
Workers coming to B.C.
Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents who are certified by a regulator elsewhere in Canada can apply for the same certification from the regulator in B.C. Under the terms of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), most applicants who are transferring their credentials from elsewhere in Canada will not be required to complete additional training or testing. However, the B.C. regulator may ask applicants to provide further information, such as a letter of good standing, references or a criminal record check.
Workers who trained outside of Canada
Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents who trained outside of Canada and have never received certification from a Canadian jurisdiction will likely need a full assessment to be certified in B.C. Most occupational regulators have a process for assessment and recognize internationally trained applicants. Contact SkilledTradesBC for details on how to apply for certification in B.C.
For information about labour mobility in Canada, visit www.workersmobility.ca.
View a list of B.C. occupational regulators.
For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.
Every job calls for a certain set of skills. Knowing those skills is the first step in finding a good career fit.
Here, you will find the 35 most relevant workplace skills. Some are more important to achieving success in a certain career than others. These skills may come naturally to you or you may need to gain them through education, training and experience.
See the list of work-related skills below, ranked in order of importance for this career. You’ll also find the skill strength needed, letting you know how capable you must be in that skill.
Check out the list and see if this career matches your skills—take that first step!
COVID-19 increased the need for heavy-duty cleaning and sanitization and brought greater demand for workers. Other job openings are the result of worker turnover and the declining number of retired people who act as resident caretakers for their buildings. The increase in multi-family homes and larger commercial towers is further boosting demand for building superintendents.
The role of the building manager is in transition. As more building systems are computerized, the job of maintaining buildings is becoming complex and specialized.
Workers often enjoy the independence that comes with being responsible for the upkeep of their buildings and take pride in doing their job well.
Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents often begin their careers in entry-level cleaning roles. With training or experience, they may become supervisors. Some experienced workers go on to open their own businesses.
Caretakers with training and experience can progress by taking on more building management responsibilities and administrative duties. These may include advertising vacancies, enforcing residential tenancy laws and processing security deposit refunds. More experienced caretakers and building superintendents can move into property management.