Construction trades contractors and supervisors are in short supply for Canada jobs, providing an opportunity for qualified foreign nationals to gain their permanent residence here through occupation-targeted Express Entry system draws.
“Over the period 2022 – 2031, the number of job openings arising from expansion demand and replacement demand for contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers are expected to total 19,800, while the number of job seekers arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility is expected to total 15,000,” notes the Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS) website of the federal government.
That’s a shortfall of 4,800 jobs that are going to be going begging for a want of qualified workers – unless immigrants to Canada pick up the slack.
“Projected job openings are expected to be substantially higher than job seekers, creating a shortage of workers over the 2022 – 2031 period,” notes COPS.
“As workers in this occupational group tend to be older than average, the retirement rate is expected to be slightly higher than the national average.
“As such, retirements will account for about 70 per cent of total job openings, a proportion that is significantly higher than the average of all occupations of about 50 per cent.”
When Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced Canada’s Express Entry system would begin targeting 82 jobs in healthcare, technology, trades, transport and agriculture this summer – including contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers, it opened the door to a new pathway to immigration for them.