New report says challenges continue, as baby boomers leave the workforce
OTTAWA, March 26, 2013 /CNW/ - A just-released forecast of labour supply
and demand says construction will need to recruit more than 250,000
workers, including the traditional number of new entrants to the
workforce, to meet building needs from now until 2021.
A large portion of this need (about 210,000) is to replace retiring
workers, according to the Construction Looking Forward, National Summary, 2013-2021, published by the Construction Sector Council.
"But these numbers conceal important ups and downs happening in
different construction sectors and in different regions of the
country," says Rosemary Sparks, Executive Director of the Construction
Sector Council, stressing "the increased importance of labour market
The report does indicate that institutional and commercial building
provide steady year-by-year growth in most provinces, but big resource
projects, including electrical generation and transmission, mining, and
oil and gas pipelines create more volatility in industrial and utility
"We must be able to supply the needed skills when and where required,"
continues Sparks. "This includes having access to a mobile workforce at
times. It also means working to retain experienced workers and training
the next generation. These challenges will continue to focus attention
on training, labour mobility and immigration."
In terms of regional differences, Construction Looking Forward says British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario are moving into a new
expansion that will raise employment by 2021. Manitoba and Prince
Edward Island expand, but at a slower pace, across the scenario period.
In all of these provinces, new jobs are being added on top of all-time
record high employment.
Key resource projects have been ramping up employment in Saskatchewan
and Newfoundland and Labrador, which will reach a peak over the next
two years, but still settle well above pre-2009 industry norms.
Though Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia have limited year-to-year
changes in total construction employment, they may face labour
challenges nonetheless that will require recruitment from outside the
The forecast says residential construction employment is largely
unchanged from 2013 to 2021.
Limited population growth from 2013 to 2021 keeps growth in new home
building below previous levels. There are important variations across
the provinces. Early on, for example, housing in Ontario is expected to
decline, while in Manitoba and Saskatchewan this will not be a factor.
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 Sector Council