74,000 new workers needed over the next eight years
KINGSTON, ON, July 11 /CNW/ - After a decade of steady growth and
employment for many trades at or near record levels in 2007, Ontario's
construction industry is expected to maintain manageable growth that will
require the hiring of nearly 74,000 workers over the next eight years, the
Construction Sector Council (CSC) says in its fourth annual edition of
"Construction Looking Forward," a detailed forecast of labour market trends
from 2008 to 2016 in Ontario.
"While there is some risk of an economic slowdown affecting Ontario, the
level of growth for construction over the next 8 years remain very positive,"
said Ron Martin, Executive Director of the Sudbury Construction Association.
"Major projects underway and proposed will add significant construction
related employment in the province."
Under the current outlook, between 2008 and 2016, as many as 17,600 new
workers are required to keep pace with new projects, while another 56,300
workers are needed to replace retiring baby boomers.
"And this doesn't include several major projects that are under review,"
noted Ron McGillis, Manager Safety Compliance and Contractor Quality of
Ontario Power Generation. "Recent announcements of a nuclear reactor facility,
the potential for a new oil refinery in southern Ontario, and increased
infrastructure investment will generate added employment opportunities for
"For Ontario's construction industry, it will remain important to promote
careers, attract youth and enhance training programs," said Patrick Dillon,
Business Manager of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of
Ontario. "This support is needed both to deepen the ranks of skilled workers
for new construction and to replace retiring workers."
"Addressing the increasing need for more skilled construction workers in
Ontario is crucial and we must make recruitment and training a priority," says
Richard Lyall, President of RESCON.
As one of the largest industries in Canada, construction employs more
than a million Canadians. National employment across the entire construction
industry has risen by a record 39% over the past five years.
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
The CSC's "Construction Looking Forward" national and regional forecasts
provide colleges, labour and industry with accurate information on labour
supply and demand to support the future needs of the construction industry in
For a copy of the Ontario labour market forecast visit our website:
This project is funded by the Government of Canada's Sector Council
For further information:
For further information: Bob Collins, Construction Sector Council, (416)