Over the next two years, the Lower Mainland’s construction industry will need to recruit 12,300 workers to keep pace with market demand and offset the 4,800 retirements expected from the industry. While the industry can expect to attract 4,900 new entrants under the age of 30, it will still find itself short 7,300 workers. Projecting out to 2029, the Lower Mainland’s construction industry will be short 17,500 workers.
The provincial forecast is also troubling: B.C.’s construction industry will be short 11,700 workers over the next two years and some 23,000 workers short by 2029.
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To learn how VRCA is helping industry to navigate the skilled labour shortage, visit VRCA’s Skilled Labour Shortage advocacy page
Hiring in a labour shortage
- The Builders Code is a standard code of conduct for workers on construction sites in BC. It defines an “Acceptable Worksite” as the starting point for reducing risk and ensuring a safe and productive environment for all workers.
- BC government – wage rate information
- Hayes 2019 Canada Salary Guide
- Hays Salary Checker
- Hayes – 2019 Construction Hiring Insights webinar
- BC Employment & Labour Market forecasts
- BC Labour Market Statistics
- BC Labour Force Survey
- BC Government Labour Market Resources page
- Apprentice Demand in the Top Ten Red Seal Trades
Careers in Construction
- Careers in Construction
- Explore the range of in-demand careers in the construction industry through a collection of links and references.
- Canadian Construction Women
- Opportunities for support, mentoring, networking, community involvement, learning and development for women in construction
- Integrating Newcomers Program
- Provides an avenue for BC employers to access the skilled, experienced workers which the employers have not been able to find locally.
- Construction Job Centre
- Connecting people to opportunities within the construction industry in British Columbia
- Skilled Trades Employment Program
- STEP has been supplying BC construction employers with job-ready workers for skilled trades jobs since 2006.
- WorkBC – Trades Training
Education and trades training
- British Columbia Institute of Technology
- Kwantlen Polytechnic University
- University of the Fraser Valley
- Simon Fraser University, Sustainable Energy Engineering Program
- Canadian Apprenticeship Forum
- Industry Training Authority
- Oversees B.C.’s industry training and apprenticeship system
- Construction Industry Training Network
- Non-profit agency that focuses on understanding the trades training needs for the sector, and on making recommendations to ITA and training providers.
- Red Seal Program
- This inter-provincial program for trades certification is designed to provide greater ease of mobility for skilled workers throughout Canada.
- CCA Gold Seal Certification Program
- The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) Gold Seal Certification Program is a comprehensive certification program that showcases expertise and commitment to the construction industry and ensures practitioners are ready to meet the demands of construction projects across the country.
- Skill Plan
- Not-for-profit organization that provides workplace education consulting services and essential skills resources to the construction industry.