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  • One out of 13 workers employed in Canada earns a living in the construction industry.
  • More than 1.4 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 nearly $2.3 trillion in assets.
  • Construction workers install, repair or renovate work worth $241 billion annually.
  • The construction industry has more than 368,000 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 nearly 700,000 workers.
  • The construction industry employs about 1.4 million people.
  • Since 2010, Canada’s annual GDP growth has average 2.5 percent for all industries and 2.8 percent for the construction industry.
  • Construction employment growth tracked overall employment growth in 2017, growing by 1.8 percent.
  • The average age of a construction worker in 2017 is 42 years old.
  • In 2017, 36 percent of the construction labour force worked in Ontario, followed by Quebec (18 percent), Alberta (17 percent), and British Columbia (16 percent).