From the executive director

A look back at BuildForce Canada’s incredible first year – and what’s in store as we enter Year Two.

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since we made the transition from the Construction Sector Council to BuildForce Canada. In that time we’ve launched a new brand and established a new funding model. Most importantly, we’ve continued to engage industry to ensure the work done in the past is not only advanced but also evolves to meet the construction sector’s needs. So while it’s been a year of significant change, it’s also been a year of great success.
For example, we have successfully secured three more years of federal funding for our Labour Market Information (LMI) Program. Our 2014–2023 labour market forecast was just released in February – and we’re expanding our LMI offerings to provide an even more robust dataset to industry. We’ve seen a 100 percent increase in the number of online training courses completed through our e-Learning Centre, and we’re updating existing courses and adding new ones to make the learning experience more rewarding. We’ve also developed a set of strategic priorities (see next page) with our new Board of Directors to guide our actions moving forward – because we have so much potential to assist industry in bigger and better ways.
Of course, the successes we’ve seen this first year, and those still to come, would not be possible without the support of our strategic partners. Without you, we could not have continued to provide the labour market information and other services that industry relies on to meet its skilled labour requirements.
  • Alberta Council of Turnaround Industry Maintenance Stakeholders
  • BC Hydro
  • Building and Construction Trades
  • Canadian Construction Association
  • Canadian Natural Resources Limited
  • CLAC
  • Devon Energy
  • Irving Oil
  • Manitoba Hydro
  • Merit Canada
  • National Construction Labour Relations Alliance
  • Nexen Energy ULC
  • Ontario Power Generation
  • Progressive Contractors Association of Canada • Shell Canada
  • Suncor Energy
  • Syncrude Canada
  • Total E&P
I’m very excited to bring back the Dimensions newsletter after a hiatus of more than two years. This first issue under the BuildForce name lets you know what we’ve been working on over the past year. For future editions, in addition to keeping you up to date on our activities, we hope to bring you more articles related to the labour market and how the construction industry is working together to ensure it has the skilled workforce required to meet current and future demand.
As we enter our second year under the BuildForce banner, we want to keep hearing from our partners and construction stakeholders about how we should serve the industry going forward. I encourage you to send me your thoughts at
Until next issue,
Rosemary Sparks
Executive Director
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