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Construction industry in Canada - statistics & facts

Large-scale construction projects in the building and infrastructure sectors have been prominent across Canada since the economic downturn. The value of construction projects has also increased as is evident by the skyscrapers built over the last decade in major Canadian cities. Infrastructure upgrades and development are often supported through Infrastructure Canada, a federal department headed by the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. In addition to increased construction demand, individual projects have also become larger. The complexity of new projects in the country has also escalated the use of technological innovations such as Building Information Modeling (BIM), pre-fabrication, and modularization. The implementation of green building and sustainability has also become a common consideration in modern design and construction techniques due to environmental benefits as well as a significant return on investment for owners.

The construction industry is an important economic driver for Canada as well as an indicator for the strength of the nation’s economy. Employment in construction has also grown significantly with industry demand, however, the lack of available skilled workers is becoming more of a concern due to the aging demographic of those employed in the industry. Despite growth, there is a discrepancy between various sectors. For example, spending on institutional construction is largely funded by the government and is one of the weakest sectors. Regional differences are also apparent in the construction industry, as the markets in Alberta and Saskatchewan have largely been fueled by their abundance of natural resources, whereas Ottawa’s economy is currently being affected by a decrease in government jobs.


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