Canada Will Still Need Record Number of Skilled Workers

    Government Funding Expected to Boost Projects and Employment

    OTTAWA, June 17 /CNW/ - The construction industry is poised to play a
major role in leading Canada out of the recession, the Construction Sector
Council (CSC) announced today.
    "We know there are construction projects right across Canada that are
ready to go," said George Gritiziotis, Executive Director of the Construction
Sector Council. "The construction industry could play a major role in building
a stronger economy, depending on the timing and implementation of government
funded projects."
    Federal and provincial government fiscal stimulus investments are
expected to boost construction spending and employment over the next three
years, offsetting the effects of a decline in housing starts and the temporary
delays in major resource and industrial projects.
    The information is contained in highlights of the Construction Sector
Council's annual national forecast of labour market trends called
"Construction Looking Forward." It is the most detailed and advanced forecast
of labour market conditions available in Canada.
    The forecast shows that 317,000 skilled workers will be needed between
now and 2017. That's a record high. To meet the expected rise in construction
activity in the longer term, 149,000 workers will be required. Another 168,000
construction workers will be needed to replace retiring baby boomers over the
forecast period.
    "The demand for skilled labour over the next decade will reach an all
time high," said Robert Blakely, Director of Canadian Affairs, Building and
Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO. "Government and industry have to step
up their recruiting efforts, career promotion and training to build the
skilled workforce Canada will need."
    The pace of construction activity will accelerate between 2013 and 2017.
"If there was ever a time to plan and prepare the construction industry for
the economic upturn, this is it," said Tim Flood, Business Co-Chair of the
Construction Sector Council.
    As a result of government backed institutional, transportation and energy
projects, Quebec has sustained employment growth through the recession.
Proposed major projects in mining, manufacturing and utility industries
coupled with government infrastructure and industrial projects are sustaining
employment growth in British Columbia. In Ontario, construction labour markets
will experience a soft landing compared to other industries, while in Alberta
employment slows after more than a decade of extraordinary growth.
    Momentum is also being created by new and ongoing projects in
Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Newfoundland and Labrador. When combined with
government stimulus initiatives, these projects which have helped to sustain
construction employment.

    The Construction Sector Council is a national organization committed to
developing a highly skilled workforce - one that will support the future needs
of the construction industry in Canada. Created in April of 2001, and financed
by both government and industry, the CSC is a partnership between labour and
business. It has become a respected voice for commentary and perspective on
labour market trends.
    The Construction Sector Council is Canada's most reliable source for
labour market forecasting and commentary. The CSC is a national organization
committed to supporting the future needs of Canada's construction industry
through a highly skilled workforce.
    The CSC's "Construction Looking Forward" national and regional forecasts
provide governments, colleges, labour and industry with accurate information
on labour supply and demand to ensure Canada's construction industry remains a
leading sector in Canada's economy.
    The national "Construction Looking Forward" Scenario 2009-2017 will be
available in the coming weeks along with all forecast scenario data at

For further information:

For further information: Rosemary Sparks, Construction Sector Council,
(416) 271-2633; Scott Brownrigg, Sussex Strategy Group, (416) 277-8847

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