About 1,500 to 2,000 people work in residential construction on PEI. There are about 75 to 125 companies on PEI that focus on residential construction.
According to the PEI Annual Statistical Review 2017, residential investment increased 32.8 percent in 2017, largely due to increased investment in single family dwellings, which almost doubled, growing by 88.9 percent.
Investment in renovations increased by 9.1 percent, while investment in doubles and row housing increased by 36.3 per cent. Investment in apartments declined by 2.2 percent in 2017.
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation estimated that new housing starts was up 63.8 percent from 2016. The increase was mostly due to starts in single family dwellings. Apartments and row housing increased as well. The number of semi-detached and duplex starts also increased.
Construction – Residential on Prince Edward Island – Hiring practices
- ADI – Atlantic Door Installation Inc., Charlottetown
- Allstar Cresting Embroidery and Screen Printing, Charlottetown
- ALL-TECH Environmental Services Ltd., Charlottetown
- Armadillo Metal Roofing Systems Inc., Mermaid
- Atlantic Roofers, Charlottetown
- Beyond the Garden Landscaping, Rustico
- Blue Heron Construction, North Rustico
- Craig Wood Products, Northam Road, Tyne Valley
- CTS – Canadian Tracking Solutions, Charlottetown
- damien Morris Designs, Charlottetown
- Eastern Kings Timber, Souris
- EMCO Corporation, Charlottetown
- Emerald Isle Property Management Inc., Island wide
- Greenfoot Energy Solutions, Winsloe & Moncton
- Island Eco Foam, Stratford
- Island Thermal Innovations, Crapaud
- JC Handy Man Services & Sales, Alberton
- Kent Building Supplies, Island wide
- Leading Edge Homes, Johnstons River
- M4G Alternative Housing, Marshfield
- MacKenzie Builder Services, Souris and Legacy Homes Ltd., Ten Mile House
- McCarthy’s Woodworking Western Truss, Elmsdale
- North Rustico Home Hardware Building Centre, North Rustico
- PEI Brick Company, Crapaud
- Pigeons Floors & Décor, Montague
- Ravenwood Stairways, Bloomfield
- Regal Cresting, Alberton
- Ridgeline Construction Ltd., Long Creek
- Royalty Hardwoods Ltd., Poole’s Corner
- Spray-Net Inc., Tracadie Cross
- Spring Valley Building Centre Ltd., Kensington, O’Leary Building Centre Ltd., O’Leary, and Town & Country Carpet One, Summerside
- Student Works Painting, Island-wide
- Threads of Life – Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support
- TJ Construction, East Royalty
- United Rentals, Charlottetown
Some job titles
- General Contractor
- General Labourer
- Red Seal and Apprentice Carpenter
- Fine Carpenters
- Tiling and flooring specialist
- Foundation specialist
The Canadian Home Builders Association-PEI (CHBA-PEI) has been active on the Island for about five years, and has about 35 members, including general contractors and those specializing in renovations, decks, plumbing & heating, windows, siding, electrical, and many more.
Programs to help enter the trades
- Youth Internship program – SynC: www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/workforce-and-advanced-learning/youth-internship-program-sync
- Trade HERizons – for women interested in entering the trades: www.wnpei.org/Trade-HERizons
- PEI Construction Association Youth in Trades program: www.capei.ca/home
- BuildForce Canada programs to attract women, First Nations, and youth to the trades: www.buildforce.ca
Threads of Life
Threads of Life – Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support
This charitable organization supports workers and families which have been involved in a workplace fatality, life-altering injury, or occupational disease. The national organization, which has been running since 2003, works in partnership with the Workers’ Compensation Board of PEI and in other provinces.
“We invite injured workers and family members to experience our services,” says Kevin Bonnis. “We have about 2,500 family members across the country. We train volunteers to do peer-to-peer support with injured workers and their families, as well as families living with the effects of work-related fatalities and disease. We also depend on volunteers to organize our annual Steps for Life fund-raising walks the first weekend in May.
“The organization was started by Shirley Hickman, whose son was killed in an explosion of an ice resurfacing machine in a hockey arena in Ontario. As a mother, she saw the need to support people affected by similar tragedies.”
For more information, visit www.threadsoflife.ca.
|For more information about the Construction Association sector on PEI, call 902-368-3303. Visit www.capei.ca.
For more about Buildforce Canada, visit www.buildforce.ca/en.
For more about the Canadian Home Builders Association-PEI, call 902-367-6125 . Visit www.chba-pei.ca.
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