OTTAWA, June 21, 2011 /CNW/ - Canada's construction industry will need
about 320,000 workers over the next nine years to meet demand for new
construction and to replace retirements and mortalities.
The finding, from the Construction Sector Council's just-released
national forecast of labour supply and demand from 2011-2019, says
Canada's slowing population growth combined with its rising demand for
large natural resource construction projects is challenging the
industry to find the required number of skilled workers.
But it's a challenge industry leaders are prepared for: "We are making
an all-out effort to recruit from non-traditional labour sources such
as youth, women, Aboriginal people, workers from other industries and
foreign workers," says George Gritziotis, Executive Director,
Construction Sector Council (CSC). "We're working on government and
industry programs that focus on recruitment, apprenticeship and
training, certification, pan-Canadian standards and foreign credential
The forecast estimates that half of the industry's total labour needs
will be met with 163,000 first-time new entrants to the workforce,
leaving a requirement of 157,000 workers − an average of about 15,000
workers per year over the 2011-2019 period.
Demographic patterns are slowing growth by limiting the available
workforce and restricting housing starts. At the same time, government
and industry are planning large resource projects in response to
domestic needs and international demands.
Industry leaders are also looking to manage labour supply and demand,
where possible, through interprovincial mobility.
"A ripple effect will be created across all the provinces as major
projects from Newfoundland and Labrador to British Columbia first draw
in and then release large numbers of key trades," explains Gritziotis.
"For example," he says, "one of the most likely opportunities to
balance markets comes late in the forecast, when the announced utility
project in the Greater Toronto Area and major projects in Alberta will
likely draw in workers as major projects end in other provinces."
The forecast for most provinces includes declining employment in
residential construction, with steady but limited growth in renovations
Each year, the CSC releases nine-year labour forecasts following
consultations with industry leaders, including owners, contractors and
labour groups, as well as governments and educational institutions.
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. It is funded by the Government
of Canada's Sector Council Program.
SOURCE Construction Sector Council
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