OTTAWA, April 19 /CNW/ - Atlantic Canada's construction industry will
see moderate to record growth over the next several years. The key
focus will be on Newfoundland and Labrador where the dramatic ramping
up of major industrial and utility/resource projects will challenge the
construction industry's ability to meet demand for non-residential
trades and occupations. Limited population and labour force growth
across the Atlantic region may complicate managing the peak labour
requirements for these projects.
In New Brunswick construction employment reached a record high in 2010,
up by 25% compared to 2008. Going forward, however, employment is
estimated to decline as current projects wind down.
Nova Scotia's construction industry will experience moderate growth
across the scenario. Employment in non-residential construction hit a
record high in 2010 and is estimated to remain at near current levels
until 2013 before activity declines as major industrial and engineering
For PEI, current levels of construction activity are high by historical
standards. Job gains are strongest in industrial and engineering
projects, ramping up employment by as much as 30% in some trades and
Those are among the highlights in the latest nine-year forecast of
labour supply and demand released by the Construction Sector Council. Construction Looking Forward: An assessment of construction labour
markets from 2011 to 2019 for Atlantic Canada says meeting peak demand for major projects will require mobility across
the region and likely recruiting from outside the local labour market.
In addition, the long-term demographic trends point to the need for
industry to retain focus on attracting new recruits even during periods
of limited employment growth.
"These workforce fluctuations require considerable effort to manage
because they are unfolding in a regional economy with an older age
profile and declining population trends," says Tim Flood, President,
John Flood and Sons (1961) Ltd. Over the forecast scenario an estimated
17,000 workers are expected to retire, 26% of the region's current
construction labour force.
"In addition to sustaining training and recruitment initiatives -
particularly campaigns to attract and retain local youth − there are
several options for filling these gaps, including more women,
Aboriginal people, and temporary or permanent immigration," says Tim
Flood, President, John Flood and Sons (1961) Ltd.
"The construction cycles in the four provinces may also allow provinces
to take advantage of interprovincial mobility," adds Dave Wade,
Executive Director, Newfoundland & Labrador Building and Construction
Trades Council. "Regional collaboration will be an important part of
addressing labour requirements going forward."
Construction Looking Forward reports, which detail workforce supply and demand by trade, province
and region, help industry, training providers and government decision
makers manage workforce requirements. They are released annually
following consultations with industry leaders, including owners,
contractors and labour groups, as well as governments and educational
The CSC is a national industry-led organization committed to the
development of a highly skilled workforce that will support the future
needs of Canada's construction industry and is funded by the Government
of Canada's Sector Council Program.
Available at www.constructionforecasts.ca, the forecasts allow for instant access to information on the
availability of trades, as well as residential and non-residential
construction investment data.
SOURCE Construction Sector Council
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