According to the WorkPEI Employment Analysis published in June, 2019, from May 2018 to May 2019, employment in construction has gone up 8.6 percent, from 5,800 to 6,300.
About 1,500 to 2,000 people work in residential construction on PEI. About 75 to 125 companies on PEI focus on residential construction.
PEI is experiencing a construction boom driven by continued growth in housing starts, engineering projects, and industrial, commercial and institutional buildings, according to a labour market forecast released by BuildForce Canada in January 2019.
PEI’s residential construction industry is anticipated to lose 800 workers to retirement in the next five years, click here.
The PEI Economic Update 2018 predicts that the construction sector should continue to see gains through 2019 due to strong demand on both the residential and non residential front. New housing construction will continue to accelerate.
Building a sustainable labour force will require the construction and maintenance industry to increase recruitment from groups traditionally underrepresented in the current industry labour force, including women, Indigenous Canadians, and new Canadians.
Construction – Residential on Prince Edward Island – Hiring practices
- A.C. McCardle Home Builders, Cornwall
- 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 Rustic Timber, Souris
- EMCO Corporation, Charlottetown
- Emerald Isle Property Management Inc., Island wide
- Greenfoot Energy Solutions, Winsloe & Moncton
- Inspired Living, North River Causeway and Cavendish Boardwalk
- Island Eco Foam, Stratford
- JC Handy Man Services & Sales, Alberton
- Kennedy Metals, Pleasant Valley
- 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
- O'Leary Building Centre Ltd., O'Leary
- PEI Brick Company, Crapaud
- Pigeons Floors & Décor, Montague
- Premier Island Homes, Charlottetown
- Ravenwood Stairways, Bloomfield
- Red Fox Flooring Warehouse, Charlottetown
- Regal Cresting, Alberton
- Ridgeline Construction Ltd., Long Creek
- 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
- Thomas Edison Electric, Summerside
- Town 'n Country Carpet One, Summerside
- TJ's Construction, East Royalty
- United Rentals, Charlottetown
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. “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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