Construction Trades' Workers in High Demand in Saskatchewan



    Double Digit Employment Growth in Many Skilled Trades

    REGINA, June 11 /CNW/ - Construction trades are in high demand in
Saskatchewan where industrial, civil engineering and institutional projects
are accelerating the province's skilled trades' force toward record employment
levels, the Construction Sector Council (CSC) announced today at the
Saskatchewan Construction Labour Market Symposium.
    "Record investment in this province is leading to record employment in
the construction industry," said George Gritziotis, Executive Director of the
Construction Sector Council. "This is one of the few sectors where we can say,
what recession."
    Highlights of the Construction Sector Council's annual edition of
"Construction Looking Forward" for Saskatchewan shows employment in 33 trades
and occupations tracked by the CSC will increase by more than 7% each year in
2009 and 2010. Currently more than 25,700 people are employed in the
construction trades in Saskatchewan.
    "We're seeing unprecedented growth and opportunity in Saskatchewan's
construction sector this year compared to other provinces and industries,"
said Michael Fougere, President of the Saskatchewan Construction Association.
"Just how much growth and opportunity depends on when government
infrastructure and private projects get rolling."
    Regional representatives are attending today's symposium to discuss
labour market trends and how Saskatchewan can best meet demands for a skilled
construction labour force.
    "Right now we're in a great position," said Terry Parker, Business
Manager of the Saskatchewan Provincial Building and Construction Trades
Council.
    "A combination of good timing and aggressive recruiting is helping us
fill jobs with workers leaving projects that are wrapping up in other
provinces." The demand for construction trades is being driven by both
residential and non residential investment including mining and manufacturing
projects either planned or underway. As a result, more than 4,300 new skilled
trades' workers will be needed to meet peak demand in 2014. Another 4,400 are
required to replace retiring baby boomers over the next decade.
    "With the right planning, and strong focus on training and recruiting,
Saskatchewan should have a new generation of trades people, supervisors, and
managers ready when needed," said Sid Matthews, President of the Construction
Labour Relations Association of Saskatchewan. "That's our goal."
    The Construction Sector Council is Canada's most reliable source for
labour market forecasting and commentary. The CSC is a national organization
committed to supporting the future needs of Canada's construction industry
through a highly skilled workforce.
    The CSC's "Construction Looking Forward" national and regional forecasts
provide governments, colleges, labour and industry with accurate information
on labour supply and demand to ensure Canada's construction industry remains a
leading sector in Canada's economy.
    Saskatchewan's Construction Looking Forward Scenario 2009-2010 will be
available in the coming weeks along with a summary from the Saskatchewan
Labour Market Symposium and all forecast scenario data at
www.constructionforecasts.ca





For further information:

For further information: Scott Brownrigg, Sussex Strategy Group, Cell
(416) 277-8847; Rosemary Sparks, Construction Sector Council, Cell (416)
271-2633

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