REGINA, SK, March 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Non-residential construction growth
in Saskatchewan has been leading the country and other industries over
the past decade, and that is not about to change - at least for the
next couple of years.
The latest forecast of labour supply and demand just released by the
Construction Sector Council says several large projects now underway
and proposed in mining, electrical utilities, pipelines and other
industries will keep the industry booming until 2015. At this peak in
2015, construction employment will be more than 60 percent above
But similar projects around the same time in other provinces create a
competing demand for key trades, according to Construction Looking Forward, Saskatchewan 2013-2021. These include boilermakers, carpenters, contractors and supervisors,
crane operators, insulators, ironworkers, sheet metal workers,
steamfitters and pipefitters, and welders.
Construction Looking Forward also notes that several major mining projects are currently under
review that could increase labour demand later in the forecast period.
Otherwise, demand will decrease after 2015 but will still remain at
record high levels.
"Saskatchewan is part of the growing centres of resource construction
across Canada. Based on the known projects, we see a peak in 2015, but
it is also anticipated that resource development opportunities will
continue later in the scenario period," says Doug Folk, Acting
President of the Saskatchewan Construction Association.
"This, combined with the estimated retirements of 7,200 skilled workers
between now and 2021, and the potential draw of tradespeople to work in
other parts of the country may create challenges to maintain and
replace the workforce to meet future demand," Folk adds.
"Industry leaders plan to keep apprenticeship training front and centre,
and work on recruitment strategies to attract youth, women, Aboriginal
people, and immigrants," says Terry Parker, Business Manager,
Saskatchewan Provincial Building & Construction Trades Council.
The report notes that general economic conditions and population growth
has raised both housing starts and overall residential investment to
more than twice the levels that prevailed at the start of the last
"Housing-related employment is expected to hold at current levels
through 2015," says Alan Thomarat, President and CEO of the Canadian
Home Builders' Association - Saskatchewan.
"Recruitment and training initiatives to ensure we sustain the necessary
capacity to deliver a skilled workforce remain a high priority to meet
ongoing housing needs and to address the expected retirements of
existing skilled workers," Thomarat adds.
Each year, the CSC releases nine-year labour forecast scenarios
following consultations with industry leaders, including owners,
contractors and labour groups, as well as governments and educational
institutions. The full national and regional reports will be available
online at www.constructionforecasts.ca/products in March 2013.
Forecast scenario data is also available at www.constructionforecasts.ca. In addition to information on the supply and demand of skilled trades,
the website allows for instant access to residential and
non-residential construction investment data.
Funded by the Government of Canada's Sector Council Program.
SOURCE: Construction Sector Council
For further information:
Construction Labour Relations Association of Saskatchewan Inc.
Construction Sector Council