CSC expects strong growth for Manitoba over next decade
By Andrew SnookConstruction Infrastructure Skills Development
A recent report by the Construction Sector Council (CSC) states that the Province of Manitoba is currently entering a second decade of strong expansion.
The report, titled Construction Looking Forward, 2012 to 2020 Key Highlights for Manitoba, shows construction continuing to be an industry leader in the province, making gains in non-residential and residential markets that will lead to low unemployment rates and potential challenges in meeting labour demands in the sector.
The construction sector estimates it will require an additional 16,000 workers over the next decade. It expects to see the industry’s labour force in the province rise by 9,100 workers, with another 6,900 workers expected to retire.
The non-residential construction industry continues to show steady growth driven by major utilities projects currently underway and others scheduled to be built.
Dave Martin, executive director of the Allied Hydro Council of Manitoba, said the projects will “translate into strong demand requirements with industry facing the risk of potential skill shortages and recruiting challenges over the next few years.”
He added that industry stakeholders will need to carefully manage worker mobility across projects and provinces, stating, “the industry has experience in the recent past with recruiting skilled workers from other markets.”
Sustained recruiting efforts will remain a priority for the industry and will include targeting youth, women, Aboriginal peoples, other industries and immigrants.
Ron Hambley, executive vice-president of the Winnipeg Construction Association said stakeholders are focusing on apprenticeship, industry training and immigration processes to help meet emerging requirements.
The CSC releases nine-year labour forecast scenarios annually after consulting with industry leaders, including owners, contractors, labour groups, governments and educational institutions.
The national and regional reports will be available online in March/April at: www.csc-ca.org
Forecast data is also available at: www.constructionforecasts.ca