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Canada’s Construction Industry Requesting more Skilled Migrants

The Canadian construction industry is hoping to fill gaps in the industry by recruiting skilled migrants and plans to appeal to the highest authority, the Canadian Government, to step in.

Canada’S Construction Industry Requesting More Skilled Migrants

The proposal, to be tabled by Canada’s Building Trades Union (CBTU), will seeking the government’s buy-in to grant more visas to highly skilled construction professionals from all over the world.


Currently construction professionals would have to obtain a Temporary Work Permit.

Bob Blakely, the Canadian operating officer with CBTU, is quoted by as saying, “We don't have enough people in high-skilled trade streams, during things called shutdowns and outages as well as some peaks of construction activity.”
Outages occur when an industrial facility is shut down for a duration of 42 days. According to Blakely, a shutdown is a ‘planned period of downtime for facility maintenance, which involves stripping a facility apart and putting it back together again to get the facility fully operational.’

Commenting on a shortage of highly-skilled construction workers, Blakely said, “It's like rolling a dice in terms of whether or not we will get the high-skilled workforce from the domestic labour pool that is needed over a 42-day period to cover an outage.”

“We get people [migrants] whose skills have been previously assessed and can function in a high-skilled, high-stress and relatively dangerous job. They will be doing an equivalent job to a Canadian,” he added.

According to an article published by Canada’s Daily Commercial News, on May 18, 2016, the CBTU gave testimony at a House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA). The HUMA committee is understood to be involved in the TFWP review process.

During its testimony, the CBTU said that the Temporary Foreign Worker Program plays an integral part in Canada’s economy by helping to temporarily meet demand for highly-skilled personnel when there is a notable shortage of domestic workers who are qualified for specific construction jobs.

Construction Careers Listed on Canada’s Skills Shortage list

Construction managers
Home building and renovation managers
Facility operation and maintenance managers
Civil engineers
Mechanical engineers
Electrical and electronics engineers
Civil engineering technologists and technicians
Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
Construction estimators
Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
Construction inspectors
Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades
Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
Tool and die makers
Sheet metal workers
Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
Welders and related machine operators
Electricians (except industrial and power system)
Industrial electricians
Power system electricians
Electrical power line and cable workers
Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
Gas fitters
Concrete finishers
Tile setters
Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
Roofers and shinglers
Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
Floor covering installers


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