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BuildForce Canada website points young people to the right construction career

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One in 14 Canadians work in construction in some capacity. But a quarter of our industry's workforce is expected to retire in the next decade. That will open up 250,000 new jobs in the building trades.

OTTAWA – The first step to a new career in one of Canada’s fastest growing industries is just a few clicks away with the launch of a new, improved Careers in Construction website, announced last week by BuildForce Canada.

“Students, their parents and those changing jobs can now easily get really practical information to make a great career choice,” said Rosemary Sparks, Executive Director of BuildForce Canada.

“The website points young people in the right direction by explaining more than 50 construction trades and occupations in a straight-forward, user-friendly way. For example, do you prefer working indoors or out, in urban or remote areas, with your hands or large equipment.”  The Careers in Construction website features…

• A Career Finder, to help job seekers zero in on careers that suit their interests and life style


• Labour Market Information maps, an accurate forecast of trades that are, or will be in demand, and in which provinces

• Videos of industry people sharing their experience in the skilled trades.

Construction is a leading Canadian industry, now employing 1 in 14 Canadian workers. It is also an industry of tremendous opportunity, as more than a quarter of its workforce gets set to retire over the next decade. “That opens up close to 250,000 new positions, right across the country,” added Sparks. “The Careers in Construction website is a great resource that helps job seekers learn more about all of the opportunities to build a rewarding career.”

To find out more go to the Careers in Construction website ( here.

Or visit the Facebook page at

BuildForce Canada is a national industry-led organization that represents all sectors of Canada’s construction industry. Its mandate is to provide accurate and timely labour market data and analysis, as well as initiatives to help manage workforce requirements and build the capacity and capability of Canada’s construction and maintenance workforce.


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1 Comment » for BuildForce Canada website points young people to the right construction career
  1. M. A says:

    I’ve been in construction over 25 years, as a career it’s rewarding at first and very disappointing as you approach your later years. The environment; your body; the hard physical labor all takes a toll on you as you get older.
    Most people that rant and rave about how great it is to be a construction worker are the ones who have never worked in construction.
    Get a desk job, you will be better off in the end.

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