Alberta to lose 31,000 construction jobs, says BuildForce Canada labour forecast


Alberta could be defeated 31,000 construction jobs by 2019, according to a national labour calculate.

“The oil price decline is driving employment lower across all construction sectors,” sways BuildForce Canada’s 2016-25 Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward forewarn.

‘Alberta has been through construction cycles before, but nothing this complex.’ – Rosemary Start ups, executive director of BuildForce Canada

In the oilsands alone, construction allots are forecast to decline by 28 per cent from the peak in 2014.

One bright discoloration in the short term is commercial building, where current project vim is expected to continue in 2016 before slowing in 2017, and then evolve in steady increments over the long term.

“Alberta has been result of construction cycles before, but nothing this complex,” implied Rosemary S rks, executive director of BuildForce Canada, a national construction enterprise group.

“That’s why it’s crucial for industry to stay focused on recruiting callow people and attracting and keeping those skilled trades that are, or thinks fitting be, in the most demand.”

‘Skills vacuum’

The report warns of a “skills vacuum” split second the economy starts to recover in 2020, more than making up for present job losses.

“Oilsands job losses, an aging workforce, the de rture of out-of-province labourers and the ongoing demand for workers to sustain and maintain projects are all behind complex relays in Alberta’s construction workforce,” said S rks.

“The loss of as tons as 36,000 skilled workers retiring this decade makes it square more challenging to replace that kind of experience,” she added.

Scott MacPherson, the dean of the high school of construction at Calgary’s SAIT Polytechnic, said two words sum up the current supermarket: uncertainty and change.

“People aren’t quite sure what’s prospering on out there,” he said. “Rather than the new construction that we’ve been experiencing for years now, perhaps there’ll be more of a focus on re irs, maintenance and operations.”

Bright marks


Some 256,000 people work in Alberta’s construction industry. (Canadian News perwomen)

Even as Alberta’s economy weakens, there is work in plant upkeep, shutdowns and turnarounds for skilled trades such as boilermakers, pipefitters and specialty welders, the record says.

Home renovation work is set to grow by 1,900 jobs across the prophesy period.

As for residential construction, 9,000 jobs are expected to be lost between 2016 to 2019, followed by a days of rtial recovery that raises employment by 7,000 jobs by 2025.

Adjustableness essential

MacPherson said workers will have to be adaptable, addicted the new reality.

“They need to be flexible in the careers that they over, in the areas that they consider working,” he said.

“Perhaps they’re not going to be stationed in Fort McMurray for two years with new construction, maybe they’ll be at a area doing re irs and maintenance for a short period of time and then thrilling on to another site. So they have to be quite mobile.”

He also instants to the changing demographics as a great opportunity for young workers.

“We see that the workforce is length of existence and for someone on the tools, maybe they want to move off the tools and they be deficient in to move to a supervisor job or a management job,” he said.

“So it’s creating more openings for young people. We hear that from our employers, we hear that from our trainees and it’s backed up with the data and the research that we see from organizations such as BuildForce.”

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