Construction demand outpaces labour growth

Foreign workers might be needed to fill vacancies
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/07/2007

The demand for construction workers in most provinces will exceed provincial labour force supplies until at least 2010, according to the latest forecast from the Construction Sector Council.

Some of the biggest discrepancies will be in Alberta, where the need for construction workers will grow by 20 per cent compared to a provincial labour growth of 12 per cent, and Saskatchewan, where the need for construction workers will grow by 16 per cent compared to a three-per-cent increase in provincial labour growth.

“It’s critical that we have qualified people to do the work so that not only are the structures built properly, but they’re safe and that we have our workers working in a safe environment,” said Rosemary Sparks, senior director of planning and development at the sector council.