Job prospects Bricklayer in Canada
People working as a bricklayer have different job prospects depending on where they work in Canada. Find out what the future holds for them in your province or territory. These prospects are applicable to all Bricklayers (NOC 7281).
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 over the next 3 years
Explore future job prospects by province and territory.
|Newfoundland and Labrador||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Prince Edward Island||Good Good|
|Nova Scotia||Fair Fair|
|New Brunswick||Fair Fair|
|British Columbia||Fair Fair|
|Yukon Territory||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Northwest Territories||Undetermined Undetermined|
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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years
Take a closer look at the projected labour demand and supply for this occupation over the 2019-2028 period. For more information on future job trends, go to the Canadian Occupational Projections System.
SURPLUS: This occupational group is expected to face labour surplus conditions over the period of 2019-2028 at the national level. The section below contains more detailed information regarding the outlook for this occupational group.
Employment in 2018
Median age of workers in 2018
Average retirement age in 2018
In order to determine the expected outlook of an occupation, the magnitude of the difference between the projected total numbers of new job seekers and job openings over the whole projection period (2019-2028) is analyzed in conjunction with an assessment of labour market conditions in recent years. The intention is to determine if recent labour market conditions (surplus, balance or shortage) are expected to persist or change over the period 2019-2028. For instance, if the analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was insufficient to fill the job openings (a shortage of workers) in an occupational group in recent years, the projections are used to assess if this situation will continue over the projection period or if the occupation will move towards balanced conditions.
Over the 2016-2018 period, this occupation experienced job losses. However, employment levels have been volatile over the past years and these losses were following an all-time high reached back in 2015. Indeed, following the strong drop in 2016, this occupation recorded job gains in 2017 and 2018. These recent gains were reflected in a decline of the unemployment rate, which hovered near historical low levels, but remaining over two times the national average in 2018. However, this occupation is project based and very seasonal. Hence, one of the reasons for the high unemployment rate is the number of jobless people in transition between projects as well as high- and low-season working periods. In fact, during peak working months of the year, the unemployment rate tend to decline to levels that are substantially below the national unemployment rate. On the other hand, the number of job vacancies declined strongly, especially in 2018. Hence, analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupational group over the 2016-2018 period.
For Bricklayers, over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 4,000 , while 7,500 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them.
Although this occupational group has had a balanced market in recent years, projected job seekers are expected to be substantially higher to job openings, creating a surplus of workers over the 2019-2028 period. Employment growth is projected to be similar to the national average and to represent about one third of all job openings over the projection period. The employment outlook for this occupation largely depends on the health of the construction industry. Over the previous decade, activity in the construction industry was supported by the building of new housing units, a substantial increase in renovation spending and investment in non-residential construction. However, stricter mortgage rules, the slowdown in population growth, the projected high household debt levels, as well as the declining trend anticipated in household formation and housing starts are expected to limit demand for new housing. Population aging is expected to lead to a shift in the composition of housing starts from single-unit homes to multiple-dwellings (apartments and condominiums). Because multiple-dwellings are more capital intensive and require less labour by unit of output, gains in productivity will limit employment growth for this occupation in the residential sector. Additionally, while technological advances will constrain the growth of commercial building, construction investment in warehousing will be supported by stronger penetration of e-commerce. Retirements are expected to account for about half of job openings, a proportion that is lower than for other occupations (about 59% of openings). Workers in this occupational group are generally younger than the average and tend to retire at a later age than those in other occupations, resulting in a retirement rate that is notably below the average rate of all occupations.
With regard to labour supply, most job seekers are projected to come from the school system over the projection period. In fact, the volume of these job seekers alone is expected to significantly exceed the total number of projected job openings. Moreover, a large number of new immigrants are also expected to join this occupation, accounting for about one fifth of projected seekers.
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