Employees in construction

Employment in construction has been growing since 1997

  • After declining in the early 1990s, employment in the construction sector remained steady in the middle part of the decade and embarked on an upward trend in 1997. From 1996 to 2007, the sector gained 337,800 employees (+75.4%), the second-largest increase after the trade sector. Construction employment totalled 785,800 in 2007.

  • The two subsectors with the biggest job gains from 1996 to 2007 were specialty trade contractors, which accounted for about three out of five construction employees in 2007, and building construction. Employment in the two subsectors increased by nearly 85% in those 11 years. In 2007, almost two-thirds of the building construction jobs were in residential construction, where employment grew by 104.1% from 1996 to 2007.

  • Civil engineering construction, which employed 17.0% of the construction workforce in 2007, experienced job gains of 42.7% from 1996 to 2007, the slowest growth rate in the construction sector.

Chart E.7
Employees in construction, 2007

Chart E.7 Employees in construction, 2007

Source: Statistics Canada, Survey of Employment, Payroll and Hours, CANSIM table 281-0024.

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