More workers are building housing in Canada

More workers are building housing in Canada, but labour shortages remain

Canadian Contractor Trades & Hiring

Feb. 28, 2024 – Statistics Canada released a new analysis of the construction industry’s employment numbers. According to the recent analysis, in addition to zoning, fees, permits, cost of materials and other challenges involved in getting shovels in the ground to meet the demand for housing, having enough labour to build it all and the cost of wages is a common concern.

Among all occupations (not adjusted for seasonality), the number of job vacancies nationwide fell from 991,680 in the third quarter of 2022 to 737,530 in the third quarter of 2023, a decline of roughly one-quarter.

In the broad category of trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations, the number of vacancies fell from 180,335 to 139,585  over the same period.

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