Job prospects Bricklayer in Ontario
Job opportunities for Bricklayers (NOC 7281) are fair in Ontario over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a bricklayer.
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 Ontario
The employment outlook will be fair for Bricklayers (NOC 7281) in Ontario for the 2021-2023 period.
The following factors contributed to this outlook:
- Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
- A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
What Types of Employers Are Out There?
- Majority work in construction, particularly as foundation, structure and building exterior contractors and in residential building construction
What are the Main Trends Affecting Employment?
- Construction activity is expected to be favourable across Ontario over the forecast period, supporting opportunities in this occupation.
- Steady demand for new housing to meet population growth and home
- Investments in infrastructure such as transit, nuclear power, health care and public facilities.
- Upgrades to heritage institutions may create opportunities for restoration masons.
What Skills Do I Need to Succeed?
- There are three voluntary skilled trades associated with this occupation in Ontario namely, Brick and Stone Mason, Refractory Mason, and Restoration Mason.
- Completion of an apprenticeship program, or several years of related experience and courses in bricklaying may be preferred.
- Experience working with various materials such as stone, clay, or glass blocks, and using hand or power tools is an asset.
- Knowledge of health and safety practices such as the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).
- Some positions may require completion of a working at heights training program.
What Other Information Will I Find Helpful?
- A valid driver’s licence may be required to visit job sites.
There may be more opportunities during the spring and summer months because of greater construction activity.
Here are some key facts about Bricklayers in the Ontario region:
- Approximately 7,200 people work in this occupation.
- Bricklayers mainly work in the following sectors:
- Construction (NAICS 23): 89%
- The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
- Full-time workers: 92% compared to 79% for all occupations
- Part-time workers: 8% compared to 21% for all occupations
- 36% of bricklayers work all year, while 64% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 33 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
- 27% of bricklayers are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
Breakdown by region
Explore job prospects in Ontario by economic region.
|Hamilton–Niagara Peninsula Region||Fair Fair|
|Kingston–Pembroke Region||Fair Fair|
|Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie Region||Fair Fair|
|London Region||Fair Fair|
|Muskoka–Kawarthas Region||Fair Fair|
|Northeast Region||Fair Fair|
|Northwest Region||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Ottawa Region||Fair Fair|
|Stratford–Bruce Peninsula Region||Good Good|
|Toronto Region||Fair Fair|
|Windsor-Sarnia Region||Fair Fair|
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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years
We expect that there will be a labour SURPLUS for Bricklayers (NOC 7281) in Canada over the next 10 years.
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