Construction

Overview

Employment summary

Growth (2018-2019):
-0.8%
Job growth (2018-2019):
-1,800
Total employment (2019):
236,600

Source: 2019 Labour Force Survey

Key points
  • The construction industry in B.C. has a large, mostly male workforce.
  • The construction industry makes a strong contribution to provincial economic growth.
  • Most jobs in this industry are located in the Mainland / Southwest, Vancouver Island / Coast and Thompson-Okanagan regions.
  • Wages for most construction workers are similar to the provincial wage average.

The Construction industry includes businesses involved in constructing, repairing and renovating buildings, engineering projects, and sub-dividing and developing land.

Businesses or people in this industry may work independently or as sub-contractors. They can be responsible for large projects from start to finish, or they may work on a specific stage of a project.

Workforce

Gender

Employment by gender in 2019

  Men: 85%
  Women: 15%

Source: 2019 Labour Force Survey

Provincial average in 2019

  Men: 52%
  Women: 48%

Source: 2019 Labour Force Survey

Age groups

% of employees under 25 years of age

  • 2014
  • 2019
  • B.C. average (2019)

Source: 2019 Labour Force Survey

% of employees 55 years and older

  • 2014
  • 2019
  • B.C. average (2019)

Source: 2019 Labour Force Survey

Employment

Types of employment

2014 2019 B.C. average (2019)
Part time
(% of employees working part time)
2014
10%
2019
9%
B.C. average (2019)
22%
Self-employed
(% of employees who are self-employed)
2014
33%
2019
30%
B.C. average (2019)
18%
Temporary jobs
(% of employees in temporary jobs)
2014
14%
2019
10%
B.C. average (2019)
13%

Source: 2019 Labour Force Survey

Workplace

% of workers in firms less than 20 employees

  • 2014
  • 2019
  • B.C. average (2019)

Source: 2019 Labour Force Survey

% of workers in private sector jobs

  • 2014
  • 2019
  • B.C. average (2019)

Source: 2019 Labour Force Survey

Unemployment rate

  • 2014
  • 2019
  • B.C. average (2019)

Source: 2019 Labour Force Survey

Earnings

Average hourly wages in this industry

Men

  • 2014
  • 2019
  • B.C. average (2019)

Source: 2019 Labour Force Survey

Women

  • 2014
  • 2019
  • B.C. average (2019)

Source: 2019 Labour Force Survey

Youth

  • 2014
  • 2019
  • B.C. average (2019)

Source: 2019 Labour Force Survey

Location of work

Select your region:
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
  % employment of this industry
  % employment of all industries

Vancouver Island / Coast

Mainland / Southwest

Thompson-Okanagan

Kootenay

Cariboo

North Coast & Nechako

Northeast

Source: 2019 Labour Force Survey

Employment outlook

2019 2024 2029
Forecasted employment
2019
239,500
2024
242,800
2029
244,100

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Forecasted average annual employment growth rate

  • 2019 - 2024
  • 2024 - 2029

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Forecasted industry share of total employment

  • 2019
  • 2024
  • 2029

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Additional resources

BC Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA)
http://www.bccsa.ca

British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA)
http://www.bccassn.com

BuildForce Canada
http://www.buildforce.ca/en