Construction Jobs

An estimated 1,200,000 people are employed in construction jobs in Canada (Encyclopedia Canada). Throughout each of the provinces across Canada, construction workers and trades people are engaged in commercial, residential, industrial and municipal construction projects of all sizes and all types.

Because of the forward-moving and progressive nature of Canada, construction trades in the country are a major employment sector. As new buildings, homes, roads and bridges need to be either built or repaired, trades people and construction workers of all types are needed.

Many of the most in-demand jobs in Canada are those for skilled construction trade workers and engineers. Construction supervisors, project managers and foreman are also needed. Below, we have highlighted some of the requirements of the aforementioned jobs along with some duties commonly associated with them.

Skilled Construction Trade Jobs:

These types of jobs are in high demand. Examples include project management, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, sheet metal technicians and the like. Many of these jobs pay well and provide a rewarding experience for those trained in these fields.

Engineering Jobs:

Engineering careers in the construction field are also in demand in many regions of Canada. Jobs of this type pay well because they require a significant amount of skill and education. Construction Engineers should expect to receive a handsome salary and good benefits.

Construction Supervisors, Project Managers and Construction Foreman Jobs:

Supervisor jobs of this type require a great deal of organization and excellent leadership abilities. They also tend to pay quite well. Many require a college diploma, university degree or a significant amount of experience. Construction supervisor jobs can be found throughout Canada especially in Canada’s major centres such as the cities of Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

Other Canadian-based Construction Jobs:

Other Canadian-based construction jobs which are in high demand require a trade ticket or trade training program. These often include employment opportunities for Plumbers, Electricians, Construction Drillers, Construction Blasters, and Crane Operators.

Another expected area of growth in the construction sector, not only in Canada but globally, involves the construction of buildings and homes which are environmentally friendly and sustainable. As a growing number of communities commit to going “green,” an influx of related green construction projects is expected. Many workers may thus, find their skills needed in what may turn out to be a pretty substantial construction sub-niche.

As it stands, the construction sector is Canada’s largest in terms of monies invested and employment. The construction industry employs approximately 7% of the country’s workforce. Skilled workers, such as engineers work to keep the Canadian public comfortable, safe and secure, taking on projects that both directly and indirectly affects the public, for example, roads, dams, highways, petrochemical and nuclear power plants and pipelines.

Whether you are a Canadian looking for a job or a foreign skilled worker looking to work and get established in Canada, Canada’s construction sector has opportunities for both skilled, semi-skilled and in some cases unskilled workers. If you have a construction related profession, trade or just a strong back and a can-do positive attitude, it may be possible for you to gain employment in the construction field. It is important to note that jobs which require a greater amount of skill tend to pay higher wages.


The Canadian Encyclopedia

Statistics Canada

Construction Jobs