Construction jobs could grow by as much as 10 per cent in 2019, according to a report released Tuesday by the Canadian Construction Association (CCA).
The report, based on government data, found the province could expect as many as 5,500 new construction jobs for 2019.
The CCA’s new report says the sector’s labour force participation rate will reach 65 per cent, the highest in Canada, by 2019, up from 57 per cent this year.
The CCCA says the increase in construction employment will come from the construction of the CN Tower, CN Centre and CN Rail, as well as the construction projects of the Canada Line Rail Line and the Canada Transportation Hub.
The report also notes the construction industry’s annual employment growth of 3.9 per cent over the past decade is the highest for the industry.
The government has been touting job creation for construction since it began building the CN-owned rail line in the 1970s.
Construction jobs grew by 12 per cent during the year of 2016, according the report.
Construction industry employers have said they are seeing demand from the government and the private sector.
The construction industry will create more than 2.8 million jobs over the next five years, the CCA said in its report.
The agency is the trade association representing more than 4,000 construction contractors and owners.
“It is our expectation that construction will continue to expand and create a large and growing number of new jobs across the country,” CCA President David Smith said in a release.
According to the latest CAA figures, construction jobs increased by more than 8 per cent from a year ago.
With files from CTV Vancouver’s Laura Regan and CBC News’ John Ryan.