Report sheds light on future of construction in Saskatchewan - Annual forecast lays out labour market needs and construction trends through 2015



    REGINA, June 1 /CNW Telbec/ - A new construction forecast released today
is giving Saskatchewan industry leaders a snapshot of what the future market
holds and where they'll be able to find their workforce.
    The Construction Sector Council's (CSC) third annual edition of
"Construction Looking Forward: Labour Requirements from 2007 to 2015 for
Saskatchewan" sheds light on current labour market trends and offers
projections for the future. By examining labour market trends from the recent
past, the report offers insight on what the future challenges are in store for
the industry.
    "Although Saskatchewan is in the middle of a record building boom, we
know that the future labour pool might not be large enough to satisfy that
demand," said Paul McLellan, President of Alliance Energy Ltd. and a member of
the CSC's Board of Directors. "The information in this forecast is invaluable
for the Saskatchewan construction sector to be able to plan effectively for
those fluctuations that are coming." He highlights the importance of this
document as a planning tool for the construction industry. "This forecast has
been assembled with input from all segments of the construction industry. The
information is reflective of the current situation in Saskatchewan, as well as
what the future holds."
    The importance of this year's forecast was echoed by Terry Parker,
Business Manager of the Saskatchewan Provincial Building and Construction
Trades Council. He says, "With the knowledge that there are going to be some
upcoming demographic shifts in the workforce, we're planning ahead now to
recruit and train qualified replacements."
    The report notes that in addition to a shifting workforce, factors such
as strong local economic conditions and extensive building activity in other
provinces will impact the available workforce for Saskatchewan. It also states
that recruiting for the industrial and engineering construction trades may
prove to be the most challenging.
    "We now know that there will be strong competition among the companies
for the available skilled workforce," said Bob Turczyn, Construction
Supervisor at SaskPower. "With big projects coming down the pipe, resources
are going to be limited and we will need to change the way we attract new
workers to this industry, starting now."
    Paul Caton, Senior Market Analyst for Saskatchewan, Canada Mortgage and
Housing Corporation, cites the forecast as a helpful tool to help monitor
labour market conditions. "The housing segment is going through an upswing
right now, which is putting a strain on the available workforce for selected
trades. The CSC's outlook calls for conditions in the residential market to
slow over the medium term to 2011 before growth resumes later in the
forecast."
    A new feature to this year's report allows stakeholders to perform
customized data searches online. This tool will help individuals source out
the exact data that is relevant to their particular segment's needs.
    Construction Looking Forward forecasts will be released for each province
over the coming weeks.

    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: Michael Fougere, Saskatchewan Construction
Association, (306) 539-8454, michaelf@scaonline.ca; Rosemary Sparks,
Construction Sector Council, (613) 569-5552, sparks@csc-ca.org

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