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Construction Biz Growing, Looking for More Truck Drivers

Posted: August 1, 2014

TORONTO—Seems that everywhere you look nowadays there’re bright orange pylons and signs alerting you of construction zones. And maybe that’s because Canada’s construction industry has seen steady growth over the last several years, growth which will continue throughout 2014.

“The construction industry is often a reliable indicator of an economy’s strength, and right now we’re seeing very encouraging growth,” said Mark Bania, director of CareerBuilder Canada. “Not only has the construction industry added a wide variety of occupations over the past few years, but this growth has stretched across the entire country.”

According to CareerBuilder Canada and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI), employment in the construction industry has grown by 12 percent from 2011 to 2014, adding over 102,000 jobs and outpacing four percent growth for all jobs. One of those added occupations is truck drivers.

Here are the fastest-growing construction jobs:

  1. Administrative officers jobs are expected to rise by 5.1 percent;
  2. Contractors and supervisors, heavy construction equipment crew jobs, expected to grow by 4.4 percent;
  3. Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations, expected to grow by 4.3 percent;
  4. Welders and related machine operator jobs, expected to grow by 3.8 percent;
  5. Residential and commercial installers and servicer jobs, also expected to grow by 3.8 percent;
  6. Truck Driver jobs, expected to grow by 3.5 percent;
  7. Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installer jobs, expected to grow by 3.4 percent;
  8. Construction trades helpers and labourer jobs are expected to go up by 3.4 percent;
  9. Construction manager jobs, expected to go up by 3.2 percent;
  10. Heavy equipment operator (except crane) jobs, expected to grow by 3.1 percent.

Job Growth by Region

The construction industry has grown across all ten provinces, but remains slightly more concentrated in some. The provinces that saw the highest growth in construction jobs over the past year include:

  1. Newfoundland and Labrador – 5.2 percent growth;
  2. Alberta – 4.1 percent growth;
  3. Saskatchewan – 3.9 percent growth;
  4. Manitoba – 3.2 percent growth;
  5. British Columbia – 2.6 percent growth;
  6. Quebec– 2.5 percent growth;
  7. Ontario– 2.5 percent growth;
  8. Nova Scotia – 2.1 percent growth;
  9. New Brunswick – 1.4 percent growth;
  10. Prince Edward Island – 0.3 percent growth.
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