B.C. Construction Boom Likely to Continue for Next Several Years - New report indicates B.C.'s construction industry employment is highest in the country

    VANCOUVER, June 13 /CNW Telbec/ - British Columbia's construction sector
is employing a record high number of people, and it isn't going to decline
anytime soon.
    This and other forecast details were released today in The Construction
Sector Council's (CSC) third annual edition of Construction Looking Forward:
Labour Requirements from 2007 to 2015 for British Columbia.
    The forecast indicates that major construction projects will continue to
flow into the province for the next couple of years, causing increased growth
in construction employment and increased demand on the labour market. A
decline in construction activity is forecasted for late 2009, which will ease
labour markets back to a more manageable state, although they will remain
above 2006 levels.
    "The tight markets across Canada now and over the next few years compel
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 George Gritziotis, Executive Director of the
Construction Sector Council.
    The CSC developed Construction Looking Forward with input from BC's
Labour Market Information (LMI) committee that includes stakeholders from all
sectors of the construction industry. The forecast is a tool to help industry
stakeholders manage risk and plan for the future.
    "This report is very important for the construction industry in British
Columbia," says Manley McLachlan, President of the British Columbia
Construction Association. "By combining economic projections with the list of
planned construction projects on the horizon, it gives industry stakeholders
information to make knowledgeable decisions about their sector, the future and
how they plan and manage risk for their businesses over the next several
    "The huge boom in construction right now in the province requires that we
all ensure programs are in place to meet the increased demand for qualified
workers who can continue to operate safely on our worksites," says Wayne
Peppard, Executive Director of the BC Yukon and Territory Building and
Construction Trades Council.
    M.J. Whitemarsh, CEO of Canadian Home Builders' Association of British
Columbia says, "The labour market information is critical for our planning as
we continue to develop data that is more specific to our sector."
    Construction Looking Forward forecasts will be released for each province
over the coming weeks.
    A new feature to this year's Construction Looking Forward 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's BC LMI Committee is a multi-stakeholder
committee representing the key organizations for the construction sector in
British Columbia. With funding support from HRSDC and Service Canada, the
committee provides industry input into the forecast and also undertakes
research projects that help the industry plan strategies to address current
and future human resource challenges.

    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: Tanya Volk, Karyo Edelman, (604)623-3007,
tanya.volk@karyo-edelman.com; Rosemary Sparks, Construction Sector Council,
(613) 569-5552, sparks@csc-ca.org; Industry contacts: Manley McLachlan,
President, BC Construction Association, (250) 475-1077; Wayne Peppard,
Executive Director, BC Yukon and Territory Building and Construction Trades
Council, (604) 291-9020; M.J. Whitemarsh, CEO, Canadian Home Builders'
Association of British Columbia,(604) 432-7112

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