Leaders look to newest forecast for project planning, recruitment
VANCOUVER, March 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Over the next decade or so,
construction industry growth in British Columbia will be concentrated
in utility and mining projects, mostly in the North. And all eyes will
be on the potential for inter-provincial mobility to meet the demand
for skilled trades.
"The question being asked is whether tradespeople from Southern BC will
move to the work in the North and to what extent will their skills be
portable to large industrial and engineering projects," says Clyde
Scollan, President of the Construction Labour Relations Association of
It's a question the just-released labour market forecast scenario
published by the Construction Sector Council attempts to address with
details on the supply and demand for more than 30 skilled trades and
occupations over the next nine years.
Construction Looking Forward, British Columbia 2013-2021 says the number of resource projects expected over the next few years
is larger than in previous years, and with the baby boom generation
approaching retirement, meeting demand for some skilled trades at peak
times will be a challenge.
The largest number of projects will get underway in 2014, and continue
for three or four years afterward.
The mostly mining, pipeline, LNG terminals, electrical generation plants
and transmission line projects translate into high demand for
boilermakers, carpenters, contractors and supervisors, crane operators,
insulators, ironworkers, sheet metal workers, steamfitters and
pipefitters, and welders.
These trades will also be required for a long list of projects across
Canada that build up through 2014 to 2015, and coincide with activity
in British Columbia. Industry leaders are also looking at other
provinces and industries to help balance requirements.
"Up-to-date labour market information is critical for managing skilled
worker requirements regionally and nationally," says Manley McLachlan,
President-CEO of the British Columbia Construction Association.
"We must be as strategic in planning the development of our industry's
labour resources as we are in developing our country's natural
resources," he adds.
"Industry leaders are also focusing on continued investment in
apprenticeships and other types of training and support systems to keep
pace with demand, as well as outreach to youth, women, Aboriginal
people and immigrants" to address the replacement demand created by the
retirement of an estimated 32,000 skilled tradespeople in British
Columbia, says Tom Sigurdson, Executive Director of the British
Columbia and Yukon Building and Construction Trades Council.
Another key highlight of the scenario, which is almost unique to the
province, is that the amount of housing-related work will continue to
climb until 2017.
MJ Whitemarsh, CEO of the Canadian Home Builders' Association of British
Columbia attributes increased residential construction to the
province's projected population growth and strong immigration record.
Each year, the CSC releases nine-year labour forecast scenarios
following consultations with industry leaders, including owners,
contractors and labour groups, as well as governments and educational
institutions. The full national and regional reports will be available
online at www.constructionforecasts.ca/products in March 2013.
Forecast scenario data is also available at www.constructionforecasts.ca. In addition to information on the supply and demand of skilled trades,
the website allows for instant access to residential and
non-residential construction investment data.
Funded by the Government of Canada's Sector Council Program.
SOURCE: Construction Sector Council
For further information:
Construction Labour Relations Association of BC
British Columbia Construction Association
British Columbia and Yukon Building and Construction Trades Council
Canadian Home Builders' Association of British Columbia
Construction Sector Council