Why Residential Construction?



Opportunities for careers in residential construction are on the rise. New constructions and renovations happen in every community across Canada. We need more homes to support our ever-growing population. Building and renovating homes requires many different types of tradespeople to get the job done. And with so many people retiring now, and over 20 percent of workers set to retire over the next decade, the industry is looking for new talented people of all ages and backgrounds to fill their shoes.

10 good reasons to consider a skilled trades career

Earnings


The residential construction industry offers you very good pay with wages that surpass many other sectors. The wages of construction workers have been among the fastest growing in Canada. Residential construction careers are not only high paying, but they allow you to establish financial security quickly and without incurring huge debt. It costs less to learn a trade than it does for a university degree – in fact, you actually get paid to learn a trade. Say goodbye to student debt and start making money right out of high school. Apprentices are paid a proportion of what a fully qualified journeyperson earns, and your pay will grow each year until you are completely certified. 

Job Security


Not only is there a high demand for skilled trades but there will always be an ever-growing need. Canadians will always require a place to call home. And with more and more homes that are continually being renovated, renovation has surpassed new construction in terms of economic activity in Canada! From new builds to renovations, you could be instrumental in the construction of entire subdivisions all the way to high-rise condominiums, or restoring 100-year-old homes and doing energy retrofits to transform a house to net zero. There is no shortage of work when it comes to a trade career. Skilled trades workers are always on the go with year-round projects. 

Simulating Work


Trades work on a variety of job sites and projects. New challenges, new situations, and continuous learning on the job—you will continue to grow and develop your skills. From custom builds to home renovation projects, there is always a new project in the works. You may spend your days pushing paper about or building houses for families, Apartment buildings and communities that help everyone in Canada flourish.

Choices


Whatever your interests and aptitudes, there are plenty of options and opportunities to find the career and employment situation exactly right for you. Once you have gained experience in the skilled trades, you may further your career in a variety of ways, including supervisory and managerial positions, health and safety, training and education, engineering and science, administration, and even entrepreneurship. Whether you like the security of being an employee or the excitement and opportunities of being your own boss, opportunities abound.

In Demand


The workforce in the residential construction industry is aging, and many skilled tradespeople will retire over the next few years. At the same time, the demand for trades with technological skills is growing. Also, is it widely recognized that Canada has a severe shortage of homes. The Government of Canada has stated that Canada needs to build some 3.5 million homes over the coming decade. To do so, we need to double the number of homes we build each year. This means greater job prospects for you!

Hands On


Working on a construction site, you are physically active, not stuck behind a desk. Construction is tangible, and you can see the results of your efforts. Imagine being able to drive through your hometown and point to all the great homes you helped become a reality. It is a truly rewarding and gratifying feeling.

Solid Investment


Extensive on-site and classroom training will give you recognized skills, hands-on experience, and certification. Those are assets you can rely on to build a long, successful and rewarding career.

Pathways and Growth   


Working in the trades opens the door to many opportunities. You can become a specialist in your field.  With time and experience, you can work your way up the ladder, advancing into positions such as foreman, superintendent, supervisor, project manager, and construction manager, moving into different areas such as health and safety, training, and engineering, or even starting and growing your own business.

Satisfaction


At the end of every day, and at the completion of a job, you know the contribution you made to a project and to a homeowner’s dreams, or to helping to put a roof over the head of those in need. You can point to it and say with pride: I did that! That is a great feeling of accomplishment. Becoming a skilled tradesperson is not just a solid road to an excellent job, but it is also a fantastic path to a satisfying, well-paying career with a long future.

Mobility


A career in the skilled trades means that you are not tied to one place. You can go wherever life may take you—for love, family, adventure, or greater prospects elsewhere. There isn’t a single community in Canada without extensive residential construction activity, so wherever you want to live, there’s an opportunity for you in residential construction.