WINNIPEG, April 19 /CNW/ - Manitoba's construction industry will grow
steadily over the next several years, with employment peaking in 2014
and remaining high until 2019. A new forecast scenario from the
Construction Sector Council (CSC) − Construction Looking Forward: An assessment of construction labour
markets for Manitoba from 2011 to 2019 - says the growth is driven by last year's strong rebound in
residential building and by hydroelectric power projects.
Employment is estimated to increase by more than 20% between 2011 and
2014, with boilermakers, carpenters, estimators, managers, millwrights,
and electricians in tight supply. And some trades, including heavy
equipment operators and truck drivers will need to shift gears −
so-to-speak − as the stimulus-related road projects wind down and the
utilities projects get underway.
Michael Moore, President of the Manitoba Homebuilders Association says
the high levels of migration into Manitoba have triggered the
residential investment growth, which is expected to continue over the
forecast period. "The pace of residential expansion makes recruiting a
challenge, especially for trades and occupations heavily involved in
new construction such as carpenters, electricians, plasterers and
plumbers," he says. "But thanks to this type of forecast tool, we can
plan ahead to better manage workforce supply and demand."
The report says an estimated 6,000 new workforce entrants will join the
construction industry, but that retirements will also reduce it by
about 6,400. New construction means a balance of about 4,600 workers
will need to be recruited from outside the local market.
"The need to attract skilled workers from other industries and
provinces, when others are also competing for these skills, highlights
the importance of our continued career promotion to attract youth,
women, Aboriginal people, and immigrants," says John Schubert,
Principal, McCaine Electric Ltd. "We also need to expand and adapt our
training and apprenticeship programs to attract these workers."
Each year, the CSC compiles nine-year labour forecast scenarios for each
province following consultations with industry leaders, including
owners, contractors and labour groups, as well as governments and
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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