After two years of decline, construction activity in Canada is expected to edge slightly higher this year. Growth overall will be slower and uneven across the provinces, with the anticipated start and finish of major projects and downturn in residential building. One of the biggest challenges across the entire industry this decade is offsetting the rapid retirement of an estimated 21 percent of the country's construction workforce, according to the latest labour market forecast released by BuildForce Canada.
Major projects are increasing demand for construction workers in Ontario, at a time when industry is also under pressure to replace thousands of retiring skilled workers, according to the latest forecast recently released by BuildForce Canada.
After a modest decline in 2015, construction employment gains in most years with steady demand for new housing and commercial building, according to the latest forecast released by BuildForce Canada.
A rising number of female role models are stepping up to pave the way for more young women, according to BuildForce Canada, as it gets set to celebrate International Women's Day, and the difference women are making in the construction industry.
In recognition of the changing face of Canada's construction industry, BuildForce Canada is acknowledging the contributions of tradespeople across the generations, on National Tradesmen Day. Over the next decade, Canada's construction workforce will change dramatically, with up to one-quarter of its skilled baby boomers retiring."Today is a great opportunity to show our appreciation for those who've made construction their life's work, and to welcome a new generation," said Rosemary Sparks, Executive Director of BuildForce Canada.
A record 1.3 million Canadians, or 1 in 14 workers, now make their living in construction, BuildForce Canada has announced, as the country gets set to celebrate Labour Day and the contribution of its workers.
Skilled labour requirements over the coming decade are changing, requiring many of the workers recruited over the last several years to stay on for major new projects, according to BuildForce Canada.
Alberta continues to lead Canada's construction industry through the next decade, with major new oil sands projects and residential work driving job growth in virtually every year between now and 2023, according to BuildForce Canada.