“Residential construction on PEI is at capacity, and housing needs for newcomers will increase the demand even more,” says Allan Manley, Executive Officer, Canadian Home Builders Association-Prince Edward Island (CHBA-PEI).
CHBA-PEI has about 35 members, including new home builders and renovators, land developers, trade contractors, product and material manufacturers, building product suppliers, lending institutions, insurance providers, service professionals and others such as those specializing in renovations, decks, plumbing & heating, windows, siding, electrical, and many more.
According to the PEI Labour Force Survey, employment in the construction sector on PEI rose 9.4 percent, from 5,300 in 2017 to 5,800 in 2018. “We need more workers,” says Allan.
Job titles in residential construction
- Project Manager
- Home Inspector
- Architectural Technologist
- General Contractor
- General Labourer
- Framing Carpenter
- Fine Carpenter
- Landscape Designer
- Foundation Installer
- Siding Installer
- Building supplies retail
- Interior Designer
- Tiling and flooring Installer
High demand for estimators
“Good estimators are worth their weight in gold,” says Allan. “The Holland College Carpentry program and the Architecture Technology program both have a component that teaches students how to figure out how much it will cost to build a house. That education gets them started, and then they need to work with a construction company to learn more.”
Continued growth expected in residential construction
According to a press release from BuildForce Canada dated January 31, 2019, the PEI construction industry is expecting its busiest construction season ever in 2019. There were more than 1,000 housing starts on PEI in 2018, propelled by strong economic growth. Housing starts are expected to rise to 1,300 units per year by 2021.