COVID-19: How we can all prepare for the industry’s recovery


Labour Market Corner Blog

Efforts to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 have resulted in significant changes in the construction workplace. Across Canada, the industry has risen to the challenge, implementing new workplace protocols designed to keep workers safe and allow projects to proceed under these demanding conditions.

Despite best efforts to push on with industry operations, some have been impacted. Many industry workers have been furloughed, while countless others have taken to working from home due to provincial emergency measures. Such change is never easy — however, this a resilient industry that will bounce back stronger than ever once life returns to normal.

At BuildForce Canada, we remain accessible and committed to supporting the industry through this challenging time. For workers looking to upgrade their skills, BuildForce continues to offer a wide range of accredited online professional courses through its e-learning program.

BuildForce courses aimed at managers include:

Applying Essential Skills in the Classroom
Designed to help instructors gain an understanding of essential skills levels for apprentices.

Communication, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
A new course designed to help improve written, oral and negotiating skills within the industry.

Construction Industry Ethics online course [image of man learning at computer]
Construction Industry Ethics
Designed to help you understand ethics as it relates to the construction industry.
Construction Law
A new course designed to familiarize owners, managers, supervisors and project managers with construction contracts and contract law.
Construction Project Management
A new course designed to help managers administer projects from start to finish.
Developing Worksheets for Technical Training
Designed to show instructors how to build worksheets for apprentices.
First Level Supervisor Training Program online course [image of a group of workers consulting with their supervisor]
First Level Supervisor Training Program
A new course designed to offer critical skills and concepts needed to supervise a construction work team.
Introduction to Building Information Modeling (BIM)
Designed to help maximize the use of BIM as a versatile tool.
Introduction to Construction Estimating
A new course designed to provide learners with skills and knowledge related to estimating practices.
Working in a Respectful and Inclusive Workplace online course [image of a group of workers collaborating]
Working in a Respectful and Inclusive Workplace
Designed to help you participate in creating respectful and inclusive workplaces by eliminating discrimination and harassment.
BuildForce also offers two safety courses:
Confined Spaces Safety Awareness
Designed to create awareness of the practices required to negotiate confined spaces and apply different hazard controls.
Pipeline Construction Safety Training
A new course designed to help pipeline workers to respond to worksite health and safety issues.
Some of the courses can be completed in as little as a few hours and will help not only to improve your skill set, but also to increase your value to employers as the industry recovers.
For learners looking for support with online courses, our online support team remains available to assist you from 8 am to 8 pm (EST), seven days a week.
We look forward to continuing to serve you throughout this challenging period. Simply making the best use of the time available to us for the duration can help us to build a stronger workforce and a stronger industry in the not-too-distant future.
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Bob Collins
Bob Collins is BuildForce Canada's Chief Economist.