The provincial government has budgeted $46,150,000 in capital improvements to roads and bridges for the 2020-2021 construction season. The financial breakdown is as follows:
- Bridges $5,500,000
- National Highways $14,000,000
- Collector Highways $14,500,000
- Trans-Canada Hwy Extension $3,000,000
- Confederation Trail $1,150,000
- Provincial Paving $8,000,000
The 2020 construction season has started on PEI. Our regular members started the road construction industry’s season on the same timeline as usual, which is the end of May or early June.
Our membership consists of 24 regular members and 96 associate members. Our Association has developed a document for our members called COVID-19 Standardized Protocols, which can be found our website at www.peirb.ca/covid-19.html.
Members have started to hire and have welcomed back staff who have returned from previous years.
For information about hiring, it is best to contact employers directly. There is a list of our members on our website at www.peirb.ca/regular-members.html.
Jobs in road and bridge building
- Skilled Labourers
- Heavy Equipment Operators
- Truck Drivers
- Heavy Equipment Mechanics
- Supervisors and Superintendents
- Consulting Engineers who design the roads
- Building Surveyors
- Office Managers, Accountants, Heavy Equipment Dealers
Through the years, there has been a shortage in Skilled Labourers and Heavy Equipment Operators. Qualified Heavy Equipment Operators and Mechanics are also difficult positions to fill.
Many older workers who have been in the industry for years are beginning to retire. To replace them with new younger qualified people is difficult.
There can also be a shortage of Flaggers. Flaggers need to first take a safety course, but they don’t necessarily need to have experience, because they could be trained on the job. Flagging is a tough job. They stand all day in all kinds of weather, and there can be an element of danger dealing with traffic.
To check for open positions in the PEI Road and Bridge Building industry, visit www.islandbuilder.ca and www.workpei.ca.
Submitted by Melissa Paquet, Executive Director, PEI Road Builders & Heavy Construction Association