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65312 – Janitors, caretakers and heavy-duty cleaners

Janitors, caretakers and heavy-duty cleaners clean and maintain the interior and exterior of commercial, institutional and residential buildings and their surrounding grounds. They are employed by office and apartment building management companies, condominium corporations, educational institutions, health care facilities, recreational and shopping facilities, religious, industrial and other establishments.


Example titles

  • Building caretaker
  • Custodian
  • Heavy-duty cleaner
  • Industrial cleaner
  • Plant cleaner
  • School janitor

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Operate industrial vacuum cleaners to remove scraps, dirt, heavy debris and other refuse
  • Wash windows, interior walls and ceilings
  • Empty trash cans and other waste containers
  • Sweep, mop, scrub and wax hallways, floors and stairs
  • Clean snow and ice from walkways and parking areas
  • Cut grass and tend grounds and plants
  • Clean and disinfect washrooms and fixtures
  • May move heavy furniture, equipment and supplies.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school may be required.
  • Previous cleaning experience may be required.

Additional information

  • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with additional training or experience.


  • Cleaning supervisors (62024)
  • Light duty cleaners (65310)
  • Specialized cleaners (65311)
  • General building maintenance workers and building superintendents (73201)

Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
6 – Sales and service occupations
5 – Occupations usually require short-term work demonstration and no formal education
Major group
65 – Sales and service support occupations
Sub-major group
653 – Support occupations in cleaning and related services
Minor group
6531 – Cleaners
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