New residential report shows need for more than 129,000 skilled workers

With Canada’s home renovation industry continuing to grow, new construction holding steady, and an aging workforce with many people nearing retirement, Canada’s residential construction industry will need more than 129,000 new skilled workers over the next decade. This is according to the new residential construction labour market information report, the first report of its kind, released today by BuildForce Canada in collaboration with the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA).

“Our report recognizes the specific needs and challenges facing residential construction employers,” said Rosemary Sparks, Executive Director of BuildForce Canada. “By tracking cycles in new housing construction, trends in renovation, and impending retirements of workers across the industry, we’re helping employers make the most informed decisions possible about labour force needs in this important sector.”

The new residential construction report is the first in Canada to focus exclusively on supply and demand for home builders and renovators. “We’re delighted by this new partnership and the insights this work will bring to our industry,” said Kevin Lee, Chief Executive Officer of CHBA.

“This new report includes market indicators not found anywhere else, ensuring our industry is better equipped to anticipate and respond to changing conditions.” BuildForce Canada’s first annual Labour Market Assessments for the Residential Construction Industry 2015-­2024 report shows renovation and maintenance work will rise steadily as the housing stock ages, already more than $60 million annually and making up more than half of the investment in residential construction.

With modest growth overall in new housing construction, including declines in some regions, demand for residential construction workers will continue to shift to the renovation sector. The report shows the biggest challenge across all provinces is the aging residential construction workforce and the need to replace about 114,000 skilled workers retiring this decade.

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