(August 5, 2020) – With construction recruitment in high gear across the country, the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) has launched the “Opportunity Knocks” campaign aimed at encouraging those who are exploring or switching careers to open the door to a “pandemic proof” career in the construction trades.
“Construction really is the sector of opportunity, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and well beyond,” said Paul de Jong, President of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA). “Construction has proven to be an essential service that opens up all kinds of career paths. And right now, with the wave of baby boom retirements in construction, opportunity is knocking louder than ever before.”
Industry will need to recruit well over 300,000 construction workers this decade to offset the retirement of approximately one quarter of Canada’s construction workforce over the same period.
With COVID-19 resulting in major job losses across huge sectors of Canada’s economy, the “Opportunity Knocks” campaign encourages job seekers to consider a new career in an industry that offers resilient, rewarding careers that can start right away.
“The construction trades offer something that many jobs nowadays do not: stability and the potential to grow, advance and succeed,” said Keri Salvisburg, Vice President, Member Services, PCA. “This is a fantastic career choice that comes with the certainty that construction tradespeople will always be in high demand.”
The “Opportunity Knocks” campaign is supported by the progressive labour union; CLAC and PCA member companies including Kiewit, Aecon, Corrcoat Services Inc., AECOM, Ledcor, PCL and Midwest Pipelines Inc., as well as several organizations including Skills Canada, Skills AB, Skills BC, BC Industry Training Authority, CAREERS: Next Generation, Women Building Futures and Apprenticeship Industry Training.
About the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA)
With offices in BC, Alberta and Ontario, PCA is the voice of progressive unionized employers in Canada’s construction industry. Our member companies are responsible for 40 percent of energy and natural resource construction projects in British Columbia and Alberta and are leaders in infrastructure construction across Canada. PCA member companies employ more than 25,000 skilled construction workers in Canada, represented primarily by CLAC.