New Brunswick construction industry prepares for next decade of building
MONCTON, NB, March 27, 2012
MONCTON, NB, March 27, 2012 /CNW/ - With careful planning, the New
Brunswick construction industry should be able to draw on its own
workforce to meet labour requirements for most of the next decade.
Construction Looking Forward, 2012 to 2020 Key Highlights for New
Brunswick says the province came off a historic high level of construction
activity, but residential activity has been trending down, government
stimulus programs have ended, and several major non-residential
projects are nearing completion.
The just-published Construction Sector Council (CSC) forecast stresses
that even as overall construction activity slows, industry will still
need to plan carefully to sustain all the systems necessary to support
the construction workforce, including retention, career promotion and
"With stronger construction markets in other parts of the country, the
challenge lies in keeping the skilled workers here when they are needed
to replace retiring workers," says Tim flood, President of John Flood
and Sons (1961) Ltd.
Mining and other resource-related projects will be the main source of
new jobs, but there will also be moderate increases in employment in
the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors.
Those job openings compensate for the losses in engineering-related work
caused by the completion of major projects and the end of government
When it comes to housing, overall losses in employment reach almost 20
percent over the entire forecast period. The downward trend occurs
mostly in new housing, while renovation and maintenance follow a
gradual and steady increase in employment.
The industry's labour force is estimated to decline by almost 2,700
workers from 2012 to 2020 as construction investment weakens. This
decline will be offset by the expected retirement of 4,200 workers.
Industry will still need to recruit more than 1,500 workers to replace
retirees and sustain a skilled workforce.
"That means keeping apprenticeship, career promotion and skill upgrading
on the front burner at all times", says Gary Ritchie, President of the
New Brunswick Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council.
Each year, the CSC releases nine-year scenario-based labour forecasts
following consultations with industry leaders, including owners,
contractors and labour groups, as well as governments and educational
The national and regional reports will be available online at www.csc-ca.org this spring. Forecast data is also available at www.constructionforecasts.ca. The website allows for instant access to residential and
non-residential construction investment data, as well as details on the
supply and demand for more than 30 skilled trades and occupations over
the next nine years - all broken down by province and region.
The Construction Sector Council is a national industry-led organization
committed to the development of a highly skilled workforce that will
support the future needs of Canada's construction industry. It is
funded by the Government of Canada's Sector Council Program.