A BuildForce Canada construction industry investment update reports that residential construction on PEI is currently doing well. The report says:
Residential construction on PEI entered the pandemic period with a solid housing market. While housing starts remained strong early this year, they are expected to fall from their 2019 peak, as construction is delayed due to pandemic-related constraints.
The outlook for new home construction is expected to remain elevated over previous years but is unlikely to return to 2019 levels, as job losses are expected to affect buyers over the short term. Residential construction is estimated to decline by 12.9 percent in 2020 as housing slows and then resumes growth in 2021, going up by about 7.2 percent.
Employment on PEI saw a strong recovery in May 2020, exceeding both pre-COVID-19 and 2019 levels as projects resumed and workers returned. The unemployment rate contracted significantly from 24.6 percent in April to 2.6 percent in June, five percentage points lower than the same period last year.
Over the next 24 months, residential and non-residential construction demand is expected to increase as deferred and planned new projects get underway, resulting in increased employment in 2021 and sustained employment in 2022.”
Canadian Home Builders Association-PEI (CHBA-PEI)
“Residential construction on PEI is currently going really well,” says Allan Manley, Executive Officer, CHBA-PEI. “There is still a high demand for labour.”
“I would say the industry is currently as busy as it was in 2019,” says Andrew Garth, President, CHBA-PEI. “Last fall, most builders were already fully booked for 2020, and we are close to the same level this year. Buildforce Canada says housing starts are down 12 percent, but if you take away the two months of no new starts, we are on par with last year. I don’t know any contractors who don’t have enough work, and the outlook is positive for at least the next six months to one year.
Effect of COVID-19 measures
“We were lucky to be deemed an essential service throughout the COVID-19 shutdown,” says Allan. “There was a bit of a slowdown as we learned how to work with the new rules and regulations, and as we got used to integrating personal protective equipment into our building sites.
Construction – Residential on Prince Edward Island – Company hiring practices
- O'Leary Building Centre Ltd., O'Leary
- Pigeons Floors & Décor, Montague
- Red Fox Flooring Warehouse, Charlottetown
- Spring Valley Building Centre Ltd., Kensington, O’Leary Building Centre Ltd., O’Leary, and Town & Country Carpet One, Summerside
- Thomas Edison Electric, Summerside
- Timber Mart / J.C. HandyMan Services & Sales, Alberton
- Town 'n Country Carpet One, Summerside
- WCD Solar, St. George's
PEI Home Show great place to meet employers who are hiring: Thomas Edison Electric and Kennedy Metals
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, Regional Development Coordinator, Atlantic Canada & Quebec. “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 Threads of Life on Facebook: www.facebook.com/threadsoflife
|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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