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Construction Industry Benefits From Steady but Moderate Growth

March 16, 2015

Prince Edward Island – 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 today by BuildForce Canada.

“Even modest expansion over the next five years may challenge labour markets as construction employment rises to record levels starting in 2016 and peaking in 2020,” said Rosemary Sparks, Executive Director of BuildForce Canada.

BuildForce Canada’s 2015-2024 Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward forecast shows moderate gains in construction investment. Engineering construction is mostly unchanged, while the largest and most consistent gains are in commercial building, which rises steadily to 2024. Following declines in 2013 and 2014, new housing is projected to rise over the next five years. Rising construction activity is expected to create almost 600 new jobs from now until 2024.

BuildForce Canada’s forecast also shows:

  • With no new major projects, engineering employment dips in 2016 and 2017 as utilities work winds down, but then cycles back up with employment remaining close to current levels for most of the outlook period.
  • New housing rises to 2020 and then declines, while renovation and maintenance work rises in steady annual increments across the scenario period.
  • As many as 1,500 workers, or 26 percent of the construction workforce, is expected to retire over the next 10 years.

“The local construction industry needs new workers,” added Sparks. “Replacing retirees and keeping up with rising demand requires long-range planning and aggressive recruitment.”

BuildForce Canada is a national industry-led organization that represents all sectors of Canada’s construction industry. Its mandate is to provide accurate and timely labour market data and analysis, as well as programs and initiatives to help manage workforce requirements and build the capacity and the capability of Canada’s construction and maintenance workforce. Visit: www.constructionforecasts.ca

For further information, contact: Rosemary Sparks, Executive Director, BuildForce Canada, sparks@buildforce.ca or (905)-852-9186

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Major Projects Boost Construction Job Growth

March 16, 2015

Manitoba – Skilled trades workers are in demand in Manitoba, especially during the next few years, as major hydroelectric and transmission projects drive job growth, according to the latest forecast released today by BuildForce Canada.

“The biggest challenge for industry will be ensuring qualified workers are available, as projects ramp up this year and next,” said Rosemary Sparks, Executive Director of BuildForce Canada. “During peak periods, industry may need to step up recruitment efforts to attract skilled tradespeople from outside the province.”

BuildForce Canada’s 2015-2024 Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward forecast shows construction employment in Manitoba is expected to increase by 3,700 news jobs, a 9 percent increase during the outlook period. Demand will be strongest over the next two years, as hiring peaks for many specialized trades in 2016 and 2017, followed by more moderate employment gains over the long term. Job growth is driven by large-scale power generation and transmission projects. Engineering construction is expected to peak in 2016, commercial and industrial building rises steadily over the forecast period, while growth resumes this year in the province’s housing sector.

BuildForce Canada’s forecast also shows:

  • New housing creates record employment levels for virtually all trades and occupations in 2019 before housing starts decline. Renovation and maintenance work grows steadily.
  • As many as 9,100 skilled workers are needed to replace retiring baby boomers over the next 10 years.

“With up to 22 percent of the province’s construction workforce retiring over the next decade, training and recruiting is a top priority for local employers,” added Sparks. “For anyone considering a career in construction, there is no better time.”

BuildForce Canada is a national industry-led organization that represents all sectors of Canada’s construction industry. Its mandate is to provide accurate and timely labour market data and analysis, as well as programs and initiatives to help manage workforce requirements and build the capacity and the capability of Canada’s construction and maintenance workforce. Visit: www.constructionforecasts.ca

For further information, contact: Rosemary Sparks, Executive Director, BuildForce Canada, sparks@buildforce.ca or (905)-852-9186

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Major Projects Fuel Construction Job Growth Over Medium Term

March 16, 2015

Saskatchewan – Construction job growth is expected to continue over the next five years in the province, driven by large-scale resource and infrastructure projects, according to the latest forecast released today by BuildForce Canada.

“These projects are creating demand for workers with specific skills,” said Rosemary Sparks, Executive Director of BuildForce Canada. “Local employers will need to continue to recruit between now and 2019 to keep pace.”

BuildForce Canada’s 2015-2024 Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward forecast shows the extraordinary decade-long run in construction job growth will carry on until 2019. Large-scale resource and infrastructure projects, underway and proposed, will increase labour requirements over the medium term, peaking in 2019. Activity slows across the remainder of the forecast period, but stays well above historical levels. Industrial and commercial building adds momentum, with the rate of job growth exceeding 5 percent each year, from now until 2017.

BuildForce Canada’s forecast also shows:

  • Growth in new housing sees employment in the residential labour force peaking in 2016, creating 1,000 new jobs before slowing across the remainder of the forecast.
  • Renovation and maintenance employment rises in steady, but small, annual increments across the forecast period.
  • More than 19 percent of the construction workforce is expected to retire over the next decade.

“That means replacing up to 8,600 retirees over the next 10 years,” added Sparks. “It’s an industry loss that translates into a great opportunity for youth interested in a career in construction.”

BuildForce Canada is a national industry-led organization that represents all sectors of Canada’s construction industry. Its mandate is to provide accurate and timely labour market data and analysis, as well as programs and initiatives to help manage workforce requirements and build the capacity and the capability of Canada’s construction and maintenance workforce. Visit: www.constructionforecasts.ca

For further information, contact: Rosemary Sparks, Executive Director, BuildForce Canada, sparks@buildforce.ca or (905)-852-9186

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New Projects and Retirements Add to Construction Labour Market Challenges

March 16, 2015

New Brunswick – Major new projects planned for next year, from the East Energy Pipeline to mining and marine terminal building, will create tight labour markets in the province, according to the latest forecast from BuildForce Canada.

“The industry needs to plan now to meet the workforce requirements in 2017 and again in 2020,” said Rosemary Sparks, Executive Director of BuildForce Canada. “That’s when projects will peak, making it essential to attract and train young people and convince local workers who’ve left to come back.”

BuildForce Canada’s 2015-2024 Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward forecast shows both housing and new resource projects will start a new, limited expansion from 2016 to 2020. Following declines in 2014 and 2015, residential construction picks up in the medium term and then drops off as housing starts slow over the long term. General economic growth that creates steady employment gains in commercial and institutional work are partly catch-up after significant job losses in 2011 and 2012.

BuildForce Canada’s forecast also shows shifts across markets:

  • Residential employment falls, driven by declines in new housing, while residential renovation work grows steadily from now to 2024 to partially offset the decline in new housing.
  • Industrial commercial and institutional building construction rises modestly, while proposed major engineering projects raises employment to 2021 and then declines as projects wind down.
  • To offset rising retirements, industry will need to recruit an estimated 7,200 new workers across the scenario period.

“Construction retirements this decade will be higher in New Brunswick than in any other province,” added Sparks. “Recruitment will have to take precedence to fill those positions and make up for the loss of a generation’s worth of experience.”

BuildForce Canada is a national industry-led organization that represents all sectors of Canada’s construction industry. Its mandate is to provide accurate and timely labour market data and analysis, as well as programs and initiatives to help manage workforce requirements and build the capacity and the capability of Canada’s construction and maintenance workforce. Visit: www.constructionforecasts.ca

For further information, contact: Rosemary Sparks, Executive Director, BuildForce Canada, sparks@buildforce.ca or (905)-852-9186

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Rising Retirements and New Projects Turn Up Construction Industry Recruitment Pressures

March 16, 2015

Ontario – 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 released today by BuildForce Canada.

“Major projects and aging demographics are two forces the industry must plan for,” said Rosemary Sparks, Executive Director of BuildForce Canada. “Recruiting, hiring and training are a priority, given that over 21 percent of the Ontario construction workforce is retiring in the next 10 years.”

BuildForce Canada’s 2015-2024 Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward forecast shows that the construction labour force in Ontario continues to expand, adding 23,400 skilled workers between now and 2024.

“Ontario’s construction workforce is expected to grow by about 6 percent over the forecast period,” added Sparks. “Most of that job growth will be in the GTA, driven by infrastructure and utilities projects that span well over a decade.”

Forecast highlights include the following:

  • Major resource and infrastructure projects ramp up over the next few years.  GTA transit and utilities work grows steadily.
  • There is continued expansion in commercial and recovery in industrial building.
  • Housing activity rises to a new high in 2021. Housing cycles in Northern and Southwest Ontario peak in 2016-2017. There will be annual gains in renovation employment.  
  • Rising retirements create the need to hire almost 87,000 new workers over the next decade.

BuildForce Canada’s forecast, by region:

Greater Toronto Area (GTA)

  • As the largest region in the province, the GTA dominates construction employment gains, adding up to 20,000 new jobs over the forecast period. Infrastructure projects sustain high levels of employment.

Central Ontario

  • This region sees modest gains in industrial activity, while commercial building rises to new record levels. There are limited gains in new housing. This region adds as many as 7,000 construction jobs across the forecast period.

Eastern Ontario

  • The region shows the slowest growth in the province, with modest employment loses by the end of the forecast period.

Northern Ontario

  • This year and next mark a turning point for this region. Mining and pipeline projects start up, sparking growth in housing and institutional, commercial and industrial (ICI) building. These projects attract as many as 4,000 workers. Housing enjoys a small rally in 2020 and 2021, restoring total residential employment to near current levels. From 2019 to 2024, employment in ICI building stabilizes below current levels.

Southwest Ontario

  • Major infrastructure and utilities projects will drive strong gains in non-residential construction employment. Up to 5,000 jobs are added to 2017. These jobs remain across the forecast period. A small up cycle in ICI building, starting in 2021, raises construction employment above current levels. There will be slower growth in housing construction later in the scenario.

BuildForce Canada is a national industry-led organization that represents all sectors of Canada’s construction industry. Its mandate is to provide accurate and timely labour market data and analysis, as well as programs and initiatives to help manage workforce requirements and build the capacity and the capability of Canada’s construction and maintenance workforce. Visit: www.constructionforecasts.ca

For further information, contact: Rosemary Sparks, Executive Director, BuildForce Canada, sparks@buildforce.ca or (905)-852-9186

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Women Becoming Construction Industry’s Biggest Boosters

March 5, 2015

Ottawa – 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.

“Industry culture and attitudes are changing from the inside out,” said Rosemary Sparks, Executive Director of BuildForce Canada. “One of the biggest changes we’re seeing is in the number of successful female tradespeople sharing their experience, and actively encouraging more young women to join them.”

Jamie McMillan, a Hamilton Ironworker since 2002, has been an inspiration to hundreds of young women. McMillan speaks in high school classrooms and at national trade events, opening doors to all of the career possibilities for young women in the skilled trades.

“We need to get the word out that women can do these jobs, and do them well,” says McMillan. “Awareness is important, because the more women realize it’s a great way to make a living, the more women we’ll see in the skilled trades.”

Canada’s construction industry wants and needs more women. With up to one-quarter of the workforce retiring over the next decade, that leaves 250,000 positions to fill.

BuildForce Canada is encouraging more women to consider a career in construction through its Careers in Construction website (www.careersinconstruction.ca).

BuildForce Canada is a national industry-led organization that represents all sectors of Canada’s construction industry. Its mandate is to provide accurate and timely labour market data and analysis, as well as programs and initiatives to help manage workforce requirements and build the capacity and the capability of Canada’s construction and maintenance workforce. Visit: www.buildforce.ca

For further information, contact: Rosemary Sparks, Executive Director, BuildForce Canada, sparks@buildforce.ca or (905)-852-9186

BuildForce Canada Attracts New Generation of Skilled Workers One Click at a Time

November 27, 2014

Ottawa (Nov. 27th, 2014) – The first step to a new career in one of Canada’s fastest growing industries is just a few clicks away with the launch of a new, improved Careers in Construction website, announced today by BuildForce Canada.

“Students, their parents, and those changing jobs, can now easily get really practical information to make a great career choice,” said Rosemary Sparks, Executive Director of BuildForce Canada. “The website points young people in the right direction by explaining more than 50 construction trades and occupations in a straight-forward, user-friendly way.”

For example, do you prefer working indoors or out, in urban or remote areas, with your hands or large equipment? The Careers in Construction website features:

  • A Career Finder, to help job seekers zero in on careers that suit their interests and life style
  • Labour Market Information maps, providing an accurate forecast of trades and occupations that are, or will be in demand, and in which provinces
  • Videos of industry people sharing their experience in the skilled trades

Construction is a leading Canadian industry, now employing 1 in 14 Canadian workers. It is also an industry of tremendous opportunity, as more than a quarter of its workforce gets set to retire over the next decade.

“That opens up close to 250,000 new positions, right across the country,” added Sparks. “The Careers in Construction website is a great resource that helps job seekers learn more about all of the opportunities to build a rewarding career.”

To find out more, go to www.careersinconstruction.ca
Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CareersInConstruction

BuildForce Canada is a national industry-led organization that represents all sectors of Canada’s construction industry. Its mandate is to provide accurate and timely labour market data and analysis, as well as programs and initiatives to help manage workforce requirements and build the capacity and the capability of Canada’s construction and maintenance workforce. Visit: www.buildforce.ca

For further information, contact: Rosemary Sparks, Executive Director, BuildForce Canada, sparks@buildforce.ca, (905)-852-9186

BuildForce Canada Celebrates National Tradesmen Day Across the Generations

September 19, 2014

Ottawa – In recognition of the changing face of Canada’s construction industry, BuildForce Canada is acknowledging the contributions of tradespeople across the generations today, 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.

John Tomes, a 68-year-old Superintendent of Manpower with McCain Electric Ltd. in Winnipeg, was 17 when he began his career as an electrician.

“My advice to the next generation is that if you work hard, you can make a great life and living in the skilled trades,” said Tomes. “It’s a good feeling to be able to pass along some of what I’ve learned and experienced.”

Twenty-three year old Calli Doucette, a third-year electrical apprentice from a small town in Niagara Region is a relative newcomer to the skilled trades.

“I’ve always been hands on and didn’t want to sit in an office,” said Doucette. “This field was a natural fit. It gives me the satisfaction of playing a role in building something, plus the opportunity for growth, whether it’s in safety or management.”

This fall, BuildForce Canada is launching its redesigned Careers in Construction website at www.careersinconstruction.ca to provide more youth and parent-friendly information about more than 50 different construction trades and occupations.

“There’s tremendous opportunity for a whole new generation of skilled young people,” added Sparks. “Our goal is to make sure they’re aware of all of the advantages of working in construction, so it becomes their first career choice.”

BuildForce Canada is a national industry-led organization that represents all sectors of Canada’s construction industry. Its mandate is to provide accurate and timely labour market data and analysis, as well as programs and initiatives to help manage workforce requirements and build the capacity and the capability of Canada’s construction and maintenance workforce. Visit: www.buildforce.ca

For further information, contact: Rosemary Sparks, Executive Director, BuildForce Canada, sparks@buildforce.ca (905)-852-9186

Canada’s Construction Workforce Reaches All-Time High

August 28, 2014
Toronto – A record 1.3 million Canadians, or 1 in 14 workers, now make their living in construction, BuildForce Canada announced today, as the country gets set to celebrate Labour Day and the contribution of its workers. 
 
“Canada’s construction industry not only builds, it maintains and repairs more than $4 trillion worth of assets, and it’s our skilled workforce that makes it happen,” said Rosemary Sparks, Executive Director of BuildForce Canada. “Workers are the driving force behind our industry, and we’re very proud of that. We’ve got a lot to celebrate this Labour Day.”  
 
Canada’s construction industry accounts for more than 7 percent of gross domestic product. It is one of Canada’s leading and fastest growing industries, hiring 600,000 new workers since 1996. That’s an employment growth rate of 86 percent. 
 
As Canada’s construction industry grows, it also becomes more specialized, requiring workers with higher levels of expertise in technologies and building systems.
 
“Building and maintenance is becoming more technical and complex, and that opens the field to a whole new generation of skilled workers,” added Sparks. “People with math, science and technical backgrounds are increasingly in demand in our industry. There’s tremendous opportunity.” 
 
With openings for more than 250,000 new construction workers to replace retiring baby boomers over the next decade, BuildForce has stepped up its efforts to attract young skilled workers. It will launch its redesigned Careers in Construction website at www.careersinconstruction.ca this fall, with more youth- and parent-friendly trade-by-trade information. 
 
BuildForce Canada is a national industry-led organization that represents all sectors of Canada’s construction industry. Its mandate is to provide accurate and timely labour market data and analysis, as well as programs and initiatives to help manage workforce requirements and build the capacity and the capability of Canada’s construction and maintenance workforce. Visit: www.buildforce.ca
 
For further information, contact: Rosemary Sparks, Executive Director, BuildForce Canada, sparks@buildforce.ca, (905)-852-9186

Alberta Leads Canada Through Next Wave of Construction

February 20, 2014
Alberta – 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.
 
The 2014–2023 Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward forecast released today by BuildForce Canada shows the pace of expansion has resumed, with construction employment across all markets growing past the 2008 peak by 2013.
 
Major resource and engineering projects lead non-residential job growth in every year over the next decade. The start-up of new major oil sands projects this year and hiring related to flood damage repair, boost hiring in 2014.
 
“While Alberta’s construction industry has adapted well to conditions to date, there may be recruiting challenges,” said Rosemary Sparks, Executive Director of BuildForce Canada. “There’s stiff competition for skilled labour in other provinces, and meeting local needs won’t be easy. As retirements rise, we are also facing the potential loss of thousands of skilled and experienced workers.”
 
Alberta will need to replace as many as 45,000 workers, as up to 22 percent of its workforce retires over the next decade.
 
BuildForce Canada’s forecast also shows that Alberta leads the demand for skilled and specialized labour in major projects across Canada: 
  • The oil sands industry matures and capacity grows larger, shifting employment from new capital projects to increased ongoing maintenance work and sustaining capital projects over the long term.
  • Industrial, transportation, electricity generation and transmission and pipeline work add to labour demands. As many known projects wind down, a brief pause in 2015 is followed by moderate employment growth from 2016 to 2023. Most of the current scheduled projects add jobs from 2015 to 2019.
  • Commercial and institutional activity grows slowly from 2016 to 2019 and then provides a steady increase in jobs from 2020 to 2023.
  • Residential construction spending and employment will exceed the 2007 peak, with a rise in renovations and repairs. Improving conditions resulted in strong housing starts in 2012 and 2013. Activity will plateau this year, then move up and down in mild cycles to 2023.
Alberta pioneered the practice of bringing in workers from outside the province and country. Alberta’s non-resident workforce is rising as its labour force expands to meet project demands.
 
“Alberta’s skilled labour requirements far exceed those of other provinces, and that makes building a strong, permanent workforce a must,” added Sparks. “There’s a real need to continue promoting skilled trades careers as well as ensuring training and retention programs are sufficient to support the next generation of workers.”
 
BuildForce Canada is a national industry-led organization committed to providing accurate and timely labour market data and analysis to assist in meeting workforce requirements and advancing the needs of Canada’s construction industry. BuildForce consults with industry stakeholders, including owners, contractors, labour groups and government to compile and validate its labour market information. Visit: www.constructionforecasts.ca.
 
For further information contact:  
Rosemary Sparks, Executive Director, BuildForce Canada
sparks@buildforce.ca
(905)-852-9186
 
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