Construction outlook for 2021
The Construction Association of PEI (CAPEI) helps foster, promote, and advance the interests and efficiency of the construction industry on PEI by acting on behalf of and for its members.
The construction industry on PEI has about 6,500 workers, and that number is steadily rising. It is estimated that roughly 1,500 skilled workers will be retiring by 2029, which will result in many more job openings in construction. Recently, they have made plans to start their own Trades Training Centre for entry-level positions to encourage more people to learn about the trades and the many opportunities on PEI.
Leading careers in construction include Plumbers, Electricians, Roofers, Bricklayers, Carpenters, Cabinetmakers, Engineers, Labourers, among many others.
Sam Sanderson, Manager of CAPEI, says those interested in entering the industry should act now. “Construction has been a very exciting and rewarding career to date. There’s no better time to choose a career in the trades than right now, especially with an industry that is so vibrant, as we continue building PEI one day at a time.”
Sam says that generally speaking, all trades in the industry are in demand, including:
- Cabinet makers
- Refrigeration (HVAC)
- Truck drivers
- Electrical power line and cable workers
- Concrete specialists
- Safety professionals
- Project managers
- Site managers
- Floor Installers
- Ironworkers and structural metal fabricators
- Renovation managers
- Environmental Technologists
- Heavy equipment operators
- Welders and related machine operators
- Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
- IT Specialist
“Employers will help you advance in the industry if you show incentive and a willingness to learn.”
Those interested in a career in construction should contact Ben Paton, CAPEI’s HR Advisor, at [email protected] or 902-368-3303.
Training programs offered
To help fill positions, CAPEI offers entry-level training positions to youth with barriers to employment, youth at risk, the Indigenous community, and newcomers to PEI.
“These programs are tremendous in helping participants get into good jobs as well as to enter apprenticeship training.”
For more information about the Construction Association of PEI, call 902-368-3303. Visit www.capei.ca
For the video describing the work and future of the construction industry on PEI, visit bit.ly/3vShuSW
Construction – Commercial on Prince Edward Island – Company hiring practices
- ADI - Atlantic Door Installation Inc, Charlottetown
- Confederation Construction and Interiors Inc., Charlottetown and Stratford
- Efficiency First Air Sealing Inc., Murray River
- Kennedy Metals, Pleasant Valley
- Leading Edge Group, Charlottetown
- Pigeons Floors & Décor, Montague
- Ravenwood Stairways, Bloomfield
- Red Fox Flooring Warehouse, Charlottetown
PEI Home Show great place to meet employers who are hiring: Thomas Edison Electric and Kennedy Metals
Exploring ways to work in the construction industry on PEI
- “We encourage anyone interested in trades or those who are skilled tradespeople to go to our website at capei.ca to find a list of our great members and contact them directly,” says Sam.
- Visit workpei.ca and IslandBuilder.ca
- Set up a meeting with Riley Aiello at CAPEI, email [email protected] or call 902-368-3303.
- Contact Canadian Home Builders Association-PEI at 902-367-6125.
- Visit chba-pei.ca. The association is happy to speak with anyone interested in the field and to suggest ways to get started in a trade on PEI.
Apprenticeship – earn while you learn
To enter the apprenticeship program, a person must:
- Be at least 16 years of age
- Have a high school completion certificate or equivalent
- Be working in one of PEI’s 58 designated trades with a suitable employer
- Other eligibility and allowances may apply.
For more details, visit www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/apprenticeship–and–certification
Trades education and training
Holland College offers a number of programs to gain employment in the construction industry. Visit www.hollandcollege.com/programs
UPEI’s Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering. Visit www.upei.ca/engineering
|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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