Labour Day is approaching, and while a respite from work, it is also a good time to think about how Canada works. Which makes a new statistic released by BuildForce Canada today a timely reminder: a record 1.3 million Canadians, or 1 in 14 workers, now make their living in construction.
“Canada’s construction industry not only builds, it maintains and repairs more than $4 trillion worth of assets, and it’s our skilled workforce that makes it happen,” said Rosemary Sparks, Executive Director of BuildForce Canada. “Workers are the driving force behind our industry, and we’re very proud of that. We’ve got a lot to celebrate this Labour Day.”
Canada’s construction industry accounts for more than 7 per cent of gross domestic product. It is one of Canada’s leading and fastest growing industries, hiring 600,000 new workers since 1996. That’s an employment growth rate of 86 per cent.
As Canada’s construction industry grows, it also becomes more specialized, requiring workers with higher levels of expertise in technologies and building systems. “Building and maintenance is becoming more technical and complex, and that opens the field to a whole new generation of skilled workers,” added Sparks. “People with math, science and technical backgrounds are increasingly in demand in our industry. There’s tremendous opportunity.”