Job prospects Construction Labourer And Helper in Ontario

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

Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.

Job opportunities in Ontario

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 Ontario for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • Not many 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.
  • Due to the seasonal nature of this occupation, employment opportunities tend to be more favourable during the summer months.

Construction trades helpers and labourers work in the construction industry with most involved in the construction of buildings such as residential structures, while others work as specialty trade contractors.

Favourable levels of construction activity in many areas of the province should help sustain the need for these workers. Several large infrastructure projects are in progress or are set to begin, including upgrades to transit, power generation, roadways, and public facilities, which will sustain the need for these workers in the near term. Steady business activity will likely bode well for this occupation as commercial construction stays moderate and a few large industrial projects move forward. While residential construction may moderate in the near term, higher population growth continues to support residential developments such as condominiums in some of Ontario's largest urban centres.

There are four voluntary skilled trades associated with this occupational group in Ontario–concrete pump operator, construction craft worker, Native residential construction worker, and hazardous materials worker. Although these apprenticeships are available, individuals can normally enter this occupation with limited formal education so it is open to a fair number of job seekers. Some experience may be required though on-the-job training is often available. Practical experience as a labourer may be required to become a construction trade helper. Some workers may join this field as an entry point to the construction industry while others may enter this occupation on a temporary basis.

Some employers may prefer candidates with experience using particular equipment and machinery such as saws, jackhammers and drills. Individuals may need to be familiar with safety practices such as the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), Construction Safety Training System (CSTS), and regulations around Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). For some positions, completion of an aerial lift and/or aerial work platform course is required. A traffic control person (or flag person) may also need to complete additional training to perform necessary duties. Some positions may include working at various heights so these workers must complete a provincially required working at heights training program.

Construction trades helpers and labourers normally have to work at different job sites, including remote locations, so a valid driver's licence and access to a vehicle may be required. This is a physically demanding occupation involving handling heavy loads and working in a noisy and dusty environment.

There is some seasonality associated with this occupational group as construction activities tend to slow down in the winter months.

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

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