Job prospects Construction Labourer And Helper in Alberta

Job opportunities for Construction trades helpers and labourers (NOC 7611) are fair in Alberta over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a construction labourer and helper.

Note: These employment prospects were published in December 2021 based on the information available at the time of analysis. The next update will be in December 2022. To learn more, see our FAQs. You can also find additional information on the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard.

Job opportunities in Alberta

construction labourer and helper
Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be fair for Construction trades helpers and labourers (NOC 7611) in Alberta for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are several unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
  • High employee turnover in this occupation could lead to additional employment opportunities.

Large investment declines in Alberta’s oil and gas sector reduced the level of engineering construction related to resource projects during the COVID-19 pandemic. BuildForce Canada predicts that the effects of pandemic-related uncertainty and major project cancellations on the construction sector will persist through the 2021 – 2023 period, slowing the occupation's recovery. However, growth in residential construction will help offset a slow down in energy related construction. The Conference Board of Canada is forecasting a sustained increase in housing starts through 2023, led by a rise in multi-family housing.

Here are some key facts about Construction trades helpers and labourers in the Alberta region:

  • Approximately 16,850 people work in this occupation.
  • Construction trades helpers and labourers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Construction (NAICS 23): 81%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 88% compared to 81% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 12% compared to 19% for all occupations
  • 39% of construction trades helpers and labourers work all year, while 61% work only part of the year, compared to 59% and 41% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 29 weeks compared to 32 weeks for all occupations.
  • 10% of construction trades helpers and labourers are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

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    Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

    Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

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    Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

    We expect that the labour supply and demand for Construction trades helpers and labourers (NOC 7611) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.

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    Mining Sector Hiring Forecast

    The Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) forecasts that the mining sector will need to hire a total of 655 Construction trades helpers and labourers in Alberta from 2011 to 2021.

    The following table shows MiHR’s forecast for the total number of jobs that will need to be filled from 2011 to the given year.

    Table on the cummulative hiring forecast for Construction trades helpers and labourers in Alberta starting from 2011.
    Cumulative Hiring Forecast (base year 2011) 2013 2016 2021

    Region: Alberta

    Occupation: Construction trades helpers and labourers

    225 395 655
Labour Market Information Survey
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