The Situation A Skills Shortage

Our industry faces a perfect
storm over the next decade.

  • New projects require thousands more workers than are currently trained and working in the province.
  • A majority of our most experienced journeymen are nearing retirement.
  • We need experienced tradespeople who can start right away: new graduates won’t solve today’s problem.
  • The majority of jobs will be in the northern regions, where populations are smallest.

We have an unprecedented opportunity here, but to take full advantage we need to find new experienced, skilled workers.

The Situation By the Numbers

    • 190,000

      The number of employees in BC’s construction industry

    • $83.6B

      The estimated value of BC construction projects ongoing now

    • $195B

      The estimated available capital cost of proposed projects in BC

    • 8.2%

      The portion of BC workforce employed in the construction sector

    • #1

      The construction sector’s size rank as a BC employer (goods sector)

    • 7.8%

      The construction sector’s contribution to BC’s total GDP

    • 54,500

      The estimated number of job openings in BC skilled trades by 2021

    • 2 of 3

      Workers in the skilled trades over the age of 45 in BC

    • 30,500

      The estimated number of construction jobs that will be unfilled due to labour shortages by 2021

    • +9,500

      The increase in BC construction jobs from June 2013 to July 2013

    • 14.5%

      The current unemployment rate for BC youth aged 15-24

    • 3%

      The unemployment rate in some of BC’s northern regions is already less than 3%

    • 83%

      A construction worker’s average yearly wage is 83% more than someone working in retail or hospitality

    • 1 in 5

      The ratio of BC high school grads over the next three years that would need to enter the trades to fill BC's skilled labour shortage (About 7 times more than currently do)

    • $1.47

      The additional revenue earned for every $1 invested in apprenticeship training

    • Unlimited

      The potential in front of our province, right now.

The Opportunity andThe Challenge

“My belief is that most small companies may not realize there is a big problem coming.” – Anibal Valente, Vice-President, PCL Constructors


What's Driving the Demand?Northern B.C.

$100 Billion in
industrial projects

are slated for Northern BC.

Our construction sector will
need 319,000 new workers
over the next seven years

The vast majority of these jobs
will be located in Northern BC.

Our northern regions currently
have only 3.5% of the provincial
labour force.

Hiring inExpanding Job Markets

Hiring experienced skilled workers from outside your home town doesn’t take jobs away from locals. Instead, it allows you to hire additional apprentices and labourers from inside your local community.

Take the following scenario:

Your company just won a big contract in Kitimat.
You need to hire a team of workers with a range of skill levels