TORONTO, May 24 /CNW/ - Big industrial and utility projects will drive
construction employment to near record highs in Ontario over the next
few years. Building will expand steadily until 2019, though gains will
not be distributed evenly throughout the province and will cause some
volatility in regional housing markets.
A new forecast scenario published by the Construction Sector Council
(CSC) says an estimated 60,000 new workforce entrants are expected to
join the province's construction workforce over the next nine years.
But the industry will still need to recruit almost 100,000 more to meet
demand and to compensate for the 73,000 retirements.
The large size of the Ontario construction market conceals the impact of
major projects on regional construction markets, says George
Gritziotis, CSC Executive Director, noting that local housing cycles
and the start and end of big industrial and utility projects create
distinct peaks and troughs in each region. "But changes will be
dominated by the big projects planned for the GTA," he adds.
Construction Looking Forward: An assessment of construction labour
markets from 2011-2019 for Ontario says both residential and non-residential construction are on a gradual
upward track, with proposed industrial, commercial, institutional,
mining and utilities projects leading the way. Expansion of public
transit in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and parts of Central Ontario,
new mining facilities in Northern Ontario, building related to the 2015
Pan American games, and investments in energy infrastructure such as
nuclear plants are among the major projects.
"The demand for construction skilled trades and occupations are expected
to grow over the next nine years," says Mark Arnone, Vice President,
Refurbishment Execution, Ontario Power Generation, "but for those
working on the nuclear plants, supply will be particularly tight."
"As we look forward, recruitment, technical and safety training are and
will continue to be top priorities," says Patrick Dillon, Business
Manager/Secretary Treasurer, Provincial Building and Construction
Trades Council of Ontario. "Providing enough qualified skilled workers
to meet building demands is the key to a thriving industry, and that's
where our focus is."
Each year, the CSC releases nine-year labour forecast scenarios for each
province following consultations with industry leaders, including
owners, contractors and labour groups, as well as governments and
educational institutions. The Ontario report details the supply and
demand for labour of each of the province's five regions: GTA, Central,
Eastern, Northern and Southwestern.
The national and regional scenario-based forecasts are released annually
and are available online at www.csc-ca.org. Forecast data is also available at www.constructionforecasts.ca. They allow for instant access to residential and non-residential
construction investment data, as well as details on the supply and
demand for more than 30 skilled trades over the next nine years - all
broken down by province and region.
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.
SOURCE Construction Sector Council
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