There is no better time than now to join the industry. Over the next ten years, 1,500 Islanders will retire from the industry and it is projected there will be only 1,200 new entrants. This means a 300 or a 20% trade person shortfall by the year 2026.
Construction takes place in residential, industrial, commercial, institutional, government and highway settings. It can involve new construction, renovations and maintenance. There are approximately 5,000 Islanders employed in construction. It is a big industry full of opportunity.
As an industry, construction requires skilled labour covering a range of trades. These trades include carpenters, electricians, heavy equipment operators, ironworkers, plumbers, power line and cable workers, trade helpers, truck drivers and welders. These trades have been a source of a good living for generations of Islanders.
At that same time that retirements impact the industry, it is expected that both residential and non-residential construction will hold steady or continue to grow over the next ten years. This means one can join the industry confident that your skills will be in demand. Over the next ten years, it is projected that there will be strong demand for workers across the range of trades.
The future looks bright for the construction industry and trades workers on Prince Edward Island. A construction trade may be your ticket to a productive and prosperous life here on the Island for you and your family.
For more information on the latest ten year outlook for construction on Prince Edward Island, click here.