Wanted: 191,000 construction workers

Construction association demands immigration reforms
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 08/01/2006

The Canadian Construction Association is lobbying the federal government to introduce meaningful immigration reform that would make it easier for construction workers to come to Canada on a permanent, temporary and seasonal basis.

The construction industry is facing unprecedented demand for labour. According to the Construction Sector Council, between 2005 and 2014, approximately 150,000 people will be needed to meet impending retirements. Between 2005 and 2010, another 41,000 workers will be needed to meet expected demand.

In the past, the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has worked to increase the domestic supply of labour — including promoting the industry to youth, reaching out to underrepresented groups such as women and aboriginals, improving inter-provincial labour mobility and lobbying for tax incentives to support apprenticeship training.