Manitoba Poised for a Record Expansion in Construction Sector - New Report Released Today States the Province will see a Building Boom



    WINNIPEG, June 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Manitoba is on the brink of a 10-year
increase in construction activity says a new report released today by the
Construction Sector Council (CSC).
    According to the CSC's third annual edition of "Construction Looking
Forward: Labour Requirements from 2007 to 2015 for Manitoba,'' construction
activity will continue to climb at a steady pace until 2015, enabling the
sector to plan effectively for the increased need for labour.
    "These forecasts are an important tool for our industry to effectively
plan for their workforce requirements for the next several years," said John
Bockstael, Vice-President of Bockstael Construction and President, Winnipeg
Construction Association. "With input from stakeholders from across the
province, this report has the most up to date, practical information for this
sector."
    Manitoba's steady rise in construction activity is unique to the rest of
Canada, says the CSC report. Projections for most provinces show periods of
cyclical declines over several years but in Manitoba construction will
experience continued moderate growth across the entire forecast period - a
unique expansion across Canadian provinces.
    The report notes that 18 percent or 4,000 of the province's construction
work force will be needed to replace retirees. Another 4,200 workers will be
needed to meet new construction demand over the forecast period.
    David Martin, Executive Director, Manitoba Building and Construction
Trades Council and a member of CSC's Board of Directors notes that "we will
use all options available to us to meet the expanding workforce needs,
including mobility of workers and linking unemployed workers in other
provinces to opportunities in Manitoba, to ensure that contractors have the
skilled labour they require."
    "This forecast helps industry, especially multi-year projects like the
floodway, prepare for future labour challenges within the construction
industry," adds Ernie Gilroy, Chief Executive Officer of the Manitoba Floodway
Authority. "Data in the report enables industry to plan and identify
strategies to attract and retain workers for the benefit of workers, employers
and the economy."
    The report also states that the next several years will be steady in
terms of growth, but activity will shift among the various sectors. From now
through to 2009, the engineering sector will be tight, at which point
construction activity will spread to the commercial, industrial and
residential sectors.
    "The increasing need for more construction workers in Manitoba and across
Canada compels industry and governments to target their efforts to ensure all
potential workers, including Aboriginal peoples, women, youth, unemployed and
underemployed workers and immigrant workers are part of a thoughtful and
comprehensive solution,'' says CSC Executive Director George Gritziotis.
    A new feature to this year's report allows stakeholders to perform
customized data searches online. This tool will help individuals source the
exact data that is relevant to their needs.
    Construction Looking Forward forecasts for each province are being
released in June. The National Summary will be unveiled at the end of this
month.

    The Construction Sector Council was established in 2001 as an independent
labour/business partnership to address the workforce needs of the construction
industry. The CSC is a neutral forum that brings together stakeholders to
provide data that industry can use to make critical planning decisions. CSC
provides this data to industry who undertake their own analysis. Funding for
this project was provided by the Government of Canada's Sector Council
Program. The report is available on the CSC website at www.csc-ca.org.




For further information:

For further information: Dave Martin, Executive Director, Manitoba
Building & Construction Trades Council, (204) 956-7425, david@mbctc.mb.ca;
John Bockstael, Vice-President, Bockstael Construction and President, Winnipeg
Construction Association, (204) 233-7135, jbockstael@bockstael.com; Rosemary
Sparks, Construction Sector Council, (613) 569-5552, sparks@csc-ca.org

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