New forecast says Ontario has the tools to meet rising demand for construction workers



    THUNDER BAY, ON, June 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Ontario is well equipped to
handle the need for more than 85,000 new construction workers during the next
nine years as detailed in the new forecast released today by the Construction
Sector Council (CSC).
    Construction Looking Forward: Labour Requirements from 2007 to 2015 for
Ontario, says the province's construction industry will need 50,000 workers to
replace retirees and another 35,000 to keep pace with steady growth during the
forecast period.
    The report predicts average annual growth of 3% in the residential sector
and 2% in the non-residential sector in the period leading up to 2015.
    According to the forecast, attracting, recruiting and training the needed
workforce at this pace will be a manageable challenge for employers, labour
groups and training institutions. The report examines Ontario's construction
industry in five regions, Greater Toronto, Central, Northern, Eastern and the
Southwest.
    Construction Looking Forward: Labour Requirements from 2007 to 2015 for
Ontario, says regional mobility within the province will help balance the need
for workers but warns that Ontario's labour markets could be disturbed in the
short term as workers seek job opportunities in tighter labour markets, such
as the Western provinces.
    The CSC produced the forecast with input from all sectors of the
construction industry and government through the region's Labour Market
Information (LMI) Committee.
    Construction Looking Forward forecasts will be released for each province
over the coming weeks.
    Ron McGillis, Manager - Safety, Compliance & Contractor Quality, Ontario
Power Generation and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ontario
Construction User Council says, "The Ontario report, which looks at factors
that affect labour requirements - such as investment and retirement rates -
gives industry leaders the insight needed to achieve continued prosperity in
the Ontario construction industry."
    "The LMI report helps us project opportunities for attracting Canadian
youth, unemployed and displaced workers from other sectors into the
construction industry so we can meet the needs of Ontario's economy," said
Patrick Dillon, Business Manager and Secretary Treasurer, Provincial Building
and Construction Trades Council of Ontario and a member of CSC's Board of
Directors.
    "With housing starts expected to remain above long term averages and home
renovations in Ontario expected to rise steadily during the forecast period,
the housing industry must make recruitment and training a priority," says
Brian Johnston, President, Ontario Home Builders' Association. "The labour
market information in this CSC forecast is critical for our planning as we
develop programs that are specific to our sector."
    "The increasing need for more construction workers in Ontario 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 Construction Looking Forward report allows
stakeholders to perform customized data searches online.  This tool will help
individuals source out the exact data that is relevant to their needs.

    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. The
Government of Canada's Sector Council Program provided funding for this
project.
    The report is available on the CSC website at www.csc-ca.org.




For further information:

For further information: Patrick Dillon, Business Manager and Secretary
Treasurer, Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario,
(416) 679-8887, Cell (416) 347-8245, patrick@ontariobuildingtrades.com; Ron
Martin, Executive Director, Sudbury Construction Association, (705) 673-5619,
martin@constructionnorth.com; Rosemary Sparks, Construction Sector Council,
(613) 569-5552, sparks@csc-ca.org

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