Construction is one of the fastest growing industries in British Columbia, however the lack of available skilled mechanical tradespeople impacts the timely delivery of projects. This labour shortage is further exacerbated by the 44,000 mechanical contracting workers who are expected to retire between 2020 and 2029.
A concerted industry effort is required to recruit, educate, and train the next generation of construction industry workers. However, eliminating barriers to entry for tradespeople from other countries and enabling them access to affordable housing options has been identified as an urgent priority. There is no time to waste as the demographic challenges are widespread and the competition for younger workers is intense.
Learn more about the workforce outlook in BC:
Canadian Apprentice Forum: 2021 Labour Market Report
BC Construction & Maintenance Looking Forward 2021-2030
March 25, 2021 BuildForce Canada Press Release
February 6, 2020 BuildForce Canada Press Release