British Columbia was among the provinces hit hardest by the impacts of COVID-19 in 2020, recording the first material decline in construction employment in more than a decade. The strong pullback was felt in new housing, and commercial and industrial building construction, which experienced double-digit declines in investment compared to 2019.
The overall losses were only partly offset by rising major project demands, including the LNG Canada facility, Site C dam, the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion, and numerous public-transportation projects. The decline follows a period of rapid growth that translated into a 20% increase in construction employment over the four…
According to a recent report by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF), apprenticeship registrations in Canada’s construction industry have declined significantly due to COVID-19, while many journeypersons are set to retire, which combined could lead to a shortage of some trades.
The report indicates the pandemic has taken its toll on the apprenticeship system, heightening the risk that there may not be enough certified journeypersons in some building trades four or five years from now.
Trades such as bricklayers, boilermakers and welders are not training enough apprentices to meet the demand nationally. The report, titled