Using the Data

The current and future conditions of labour supply and demand for more than 30 construction trades and occupations for all provinces are provided in detailed ten-year labour market forecast scenarios.

To view the forecasts, you can select your own parameters.

Once the desired data has been selected, the following operations are available:


View the individual data values for each year for the selected parameters.


Plot the desired data in one of a number of available chart types.


Review and refine the parameters that produced the existing data set. 

Raw Data (CSV/Excel)

Download the selected data in CSV format, which can be loaded into most standard spreadsheet applications, including Microsoft Excel.

About the Data

At the heart of the LMI forecast scenario system is information from Statistics Canada, including Census data that is used to forecast residential and non-residential construction investment expenditures by province. Information is also provided by industry and federal and provincial governments, the LMI regional network of committees and the national owners/users of construction forum.

The labour market information used to generate our forecast scenarios is as accurate as possible thanks to repeated vetting, validation and refinement by LMI regional committees representing labour and business in all sectors of construction, as well as federal and provincial governments, training and education providers and users of construction services. Working as a team, this group has its finger on the pulse of the construction industry.

Once all information is analyzed within the BuildForce Canada forecast scenario system, employment needs are projected, enabling industry stakeholders to make decisions with a good sense of what’s ahead. In the short term, information enables an early response before more serious labour market issues occur. In the medium to long term, it enables stakeholders and governments to make policy changes that will resolve serious issues such as the need for more skill labour, long before they occur.

Information made available to the construction industry and other stakeholders includes international, national and provincial economic conditions that affect the industry, and labour force information for more than 30 trades and occupations by province.

This information is published annually in a series of national and regional documents entitled Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward, which are used by labour groups, contractors, owners, national and provincial/territorial organizations and governments to predict labour market trends and personnel requirements, project the movement of trade labour from province to province and develop appropriate training and recruitment strategies to ensure there is an adequate supply of skilled trades/occupations to meet the needs of Canada’s construction industry.