Construction industry battles labour shortage, lack of diversity

By Matt Hutcheson
City News Kitchener
April 29, 2024
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada East

ONTARIO — With demand growing for new homes and infrastructure projects, construction companies are finding it increasingly difficult to find enough workers. The number of construction workers has been slowly declining for several years, made worse by the pandemic. …The Canadian Home Builders Association has estimated nearly one-quarter of residential construction workers plan to retire in the next decade. And experts say there aren’t enough people in line to fill those jobs. “This is a crisis, as it relates to talent,” Jeff MacIntyre, President of Grand River Construction Association said. MacIntyre said his organization is actively looking at ways to diversify its workforce and make it more attractive to different demographics, particularly women. MacIntyre believes there also needs to be a shift in attitudes towards skilled trades.

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