Canada needs over 250,000 new construction workers between now and the year 2021, says a leading industry organization.
The construction industry in Canada is growing at fast pace due to a booming natural resources trade as well as increased needs from the country’s population as a whole. Canadians are retiring in larger and larger numbers, causing difficulty finding qualified candidates to replace workers in important sectors.
This can potentially lead to construction delays which have the potential to negatively impact a number of important economic sectors.
By 2021, expanding activity adds 44,000 jobs in non-residential construction, while an estimated 8,000 jobs lost in residential. There are three distinct cycles across regions and sectors in the forecast period.
The first cycle involves resource projects in Newfoundland and Labrador, Northern Ontario and Saskatchewan that are driving a surge in labour requirements, which began in 2011, and will continue to 2014 or 2015, as known proposed major projects peak.
A second cycle is concentrated around Alberta’s major projects, both in the oilsands and supporting infrastructure, which started in 2011 and 2012 and are adding to current labour requirements.
Current and proposed infrastructure projects wind down in 2014 and 2015, while oil sands work holds steady at current high levels.
A further round of oil sands expansion is expected to start in 2016 and, by 2021, carry labour requirements about 20 per cent higher.
A third cycle of non-residential building is expected to ramp up in Ontario, mostly in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), across the 2014–2018 period, with a projected peak in 2018.
A big increase in industrial and engineering projects occurs in British Columbia from 2012 to 2015. Resource projects in B.C. peak in 2014 just as the first round of projects in other provinces end, but before the big Alberta and GTA buildup starts.
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