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  • One out of 13 workers employed in Canada earns a living in the construction industry.
  • More than one million Canadian men and women have jobs in a wide variety of construction trades and professions.
  • The construction industry accounts for 7 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) when considering its impacts on all economic sectors, and it maintains and repairs more than $2.2 trillion in assets.
  • Construction workers install, repair or renovate work worth $242 billion annually.
  • The construction industry has more than 350,000 firms.
  • Though the industry shines as a major employer, the average construction firm is quite small. In the residential sector, nearly 70 percent of firms have fewer than five employees. In the non-residential sector, almost 50 percent have five employees or fewer.
  • Since 1996, the construction sector’s total employment has increased by approximately 673,000 workers.
  • The construction industry employs about 1.3 million people.
  • Since 2010, Canada’s annual GDP growth has averaged 2.5 percent for all industries and 3.7 percent for the construction industry.
  • Total employment in Canada grew by 0.7 percent in 2016, when construction employment grew by 1.1 percent.
  • The average age of a construction worker in 2016 is 41 years old.
  • In 2016, 35 percent of the construction labour force worked in Ontario, followed by Alberta (18 percent), Quebec (17 percent) and British Columbia (15 percent).