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Innovation is the key to productivityA shift in thinking is required for industry to stay competitive and boost productivity.
Legalizing marijuana lights up a debateHow will the legalization of this drug impact Canadas construction sites?
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BUILDFORCE M A G A Z I N EFall 2017Published For:BUILDFORCE CANADA220 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 1150Ottawa, ON K1P 5Z9Contact: Bill Ferreira, Executive DirectorTel.: (613) 569-5552, ext. 222 firstname.lastname@example.org
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GREETINGS 7 A message from the Chair of BuildForce Canada
9 A message from the Executive Director of BuildForce Canada
FEATURES 11 The tug of war of commercial construction
Boom AND bust? Whats happening to commercial construction?
14 Young families and housings missing middle Baby boomers are staying put, and thats causing a supply shortfall.
18 The millennial factor Gen Next is now building your projects.
20 From vulnerable to transformational A major safety incident shifted the focus of one Alberta company.
24 Aftermath Is there hope for construction activity in Canadas resource sector?
26 Future maker or future taker The robots are coming...and thats likely a good thing.
32 Alternative apprenticeship approaches Apprenticeship programs nationwide share their best practices.
36 Deepening diversity How Manitoba Hydro attracts and retains Indigenous employees.
38 Marijuana lights up debate in construction industry Canadas looming Cannabis Act is going to affect safety on your work site.
42 Constant innovation is key to productivity Improving your competitiveness requires a shift in thinking.
46 Building the future Workforce shortages are creating workforce opportunities for women and newcomers.
MAKING HEADLINES48 Global affairs
49 Manitoba looks to integrate safety into trades training
51 Canadian youth excel
53 Foreman certification joins the Gold Seal ranks
54 Proof positive
BUILDFORCE BASICS56 Updates to supervisor course make it
more modern, accessible
57 BuildForce Canadas Mandate
57 Board of Directors
57 Strategic Partners
58 BUYERS GUIDE
BUILDFORCE MAGAZINE // fall 2017 7
Change is in the air. As I write my first message for BUILDFORCE Magazine, I cant help but notice all of the change surrounding me: summer to fall, warm to cool, t-shirts to sweaters. At the same
time, BuildForce Canada is changing, too. As I step into the role of Chair, and Bill Ferreira into the role of Executive Director, we thank John Schubert, past Chair, and Rosemary Sparks, past Executive Director, for their steadfast leadership. We aim to build on both of their significant accomplishments.
Change isnt limited to BuildForce. All across Canada, the industry is in a state of transformation; demographics are shifting, markets are fluctuating, and some economies are slowing while others are growing. There is both good and bad news. On the one hand, rising demands related to infrastructure and non-residential maintenance are expected to sustain demand for skilled workers. On the other, the 2015 collapse of oil prices is still resulting in slowed energy-related construction projects.
Its also a different story when you look from province to province. While we see growth in non-residential construction in British Columbia, Alberta is still struggling to regain its footing. In central Canada, Manitoba is living through a period of great success with construction activity expected to reach a peak in 2017. When you move east, however, Ontario is gearing up for potential challenges brought about by workforce retirements and low rates of unemployment. In Atlantic Canada, the demographic shift is taking its toll with much industry knowledge walking out the door with a retiring workforce. This is only a snapshot (full details for each province and
territory can be found on our website), but it clearly illustrates how our industry varies coast to coast.
This demonstrates the importance of BuildForce Canadas labour market information (LMI). In order to make smart workforce decisions, our stakeholders look to BuildForce for accurate and timely LMI. I know I did when I first discovered BuildForce 12 years ago. Irving Oil was working on a large capital project at the time and
needed to know exactly where the labour market stood. It was while searching for this information that I came across BuildForce Canadas LMI and the rest, as they say, is history.
Now, Irving Oil not only benefits from BuildForce LMI, but also contributes to it as often as possible. Our company believes that industry has two choices; either get involved and be part of the solution, or stand back and be part of the problem. Im thankful that Irving Oil has supported me in creating solutions with BuildForce Canada, first as a member of the New Brunswick working committee, then as Board member, and now as Chair.
On that note, BuildForces labour market information gets better every year. We are never satisfied with what we have, and we are always working to improve our model and the information we provide to our stakeholders. The magic of BuildForce is that all of the industrys stakeholders are represented from owners to contractors to labour. Its very easy to look around, point fingers, and assign blame, but with all the stakeholders at the same table, BuildForce provides a platform for us to work towards solutions together.
Something near and dear to my heart that I hope to achieve during my tenure as Chair is progress on the attraction and retention of youth and underrepresented communities to the construction industry. We have done good work over the past few years, but we must do more. Our industrys survival depends on our ability to make it more attractive to the next generation of workers, and to people who dont traditionally look to construction as an option: women, Aboriginals, and new immigrants, for example.
In fact, BuildForce has two projects underway that address the issue of attraction and retention of workers. The first is funded by Status of Women Canada and provides tools and resources to support employers in creating respectful and inclusive workplaces for all. The second is funded by the Government of Canadas Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program and aims to improve performance through mentoring. BuildForce Canada, SkillPlan, and Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) have partnered to undertake this national initiative to develop, implement, and evaluate an innovative mentorship training model that will support Canadians to improve their skills to get and keep a job, and adapt and succeed at work.
Yes, change is certainly in the air. Let us embrace change, and build on it. Let us preserve what works, and accept innovative ideas that new industry members bring forward. Our success depends on it.
/ GREETINGS //
A Message from the Chair of BuildForce Canada
Chair, BuildForce Canada
Manager, Labour Relations and Workforce Development,Irving Oil
Cover image photo credit: City of Vancouver Archives, AM1533-S2-4-: CVA 780-478, cropped version.
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I have been with the Canadian Construction Association for almost nine years, and in that time, I have become well acquainted with BuildForce Canada. I am excited to join the ranks of such a valuable organization, and look forward to continuing to work alongside
the construction and maintenance industry in this capacity.
Something that has always impressed me about BuildForce is the organizations dedication to providing reliable labour market information (LMI) to its stakeholders. Not only is their LMI a critical tool for the industry, but it also guides governments understanding of the trends, and helps shape their analysis and policy. I worked in a ministers office for over five years, so I have seen this first-hand. The BuildForce model is unique in how it can help users identify trends and challenges to help shape training decisions right across the country