Labour Market

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.

BuildForce Canada Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward Highlights Reports

(Please note: The first time you access the BuildForce reports, you will see BuildForce Canada’s copyright policy and be asked to identify your industry group and what province you are from. You will not be prompted for this information on subsequent visits.)

2020-2029

2019-2028

2018-2027

2017-2026

2016-2025

2015-2026

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


Builders Code

  • 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.

Salary surveys


Employment statistics


Careers in Construction


Education and trades training