Impending Retirements Push Need for Toronto and Ontario Commercial Painters, Glaziers
Opportunity knocks in many different ways, especially for those in the skilled trades fields. That’s why we have to keep our eyes and ears open to newsworthy items like recent construction stats. By all accounts, the data shows a fascinating trend that will positively affect anyone who wants to get into commercial painting, glazing or a similar career path in Toronto. What is this trend? The impending retirement of a significant number of construction industry workers in Canada. As a result of these retirements, cities in Ontario such as Toronto and Ottawa, will be actively looking for people to fill these spots.
What are the numbers that back up these exciting claims? According to information obtained from Construction Forecasts and culled from sources including BuildForce Canada:
- Almost a quarter of a million construction sector workers will retire permanently over the coming decade across the country. This will leave an enormous gap for new trained individuals to fill.
- In Ontario, the numbers are particularly high. About 20 percent of the workforce in construction will experience a massive turnover in the next 10 years, which should fuel a regular funnel of high quality job openings.
- Between today and the year 2020, Ontario expects to have a need for knowledgeable construction members due to growing infrastructure, utility and transportation projects. Our society is positioned to sustain significant growth, but we need the right workers to achieve this lofty goal.
There has rarely been a better time for people who are interested in learning about the trades to get involved.
At the IUPAT, headquartered in Toronto, we are actively prepping for the upcoming needs of this and future generations. Not only are we focused on educating the public about the importance of supporting those in the skilled trades, but we are proactively striving to help young people and career changers understand how lucrative all the trade fields can be.
As our Business Manager, Bruno Mandic, notes, “The emerging numbers are definitely in favour of anyone who has the desire and passion to work in the trades. As we eagerly look forward, we see incredible possibilities and doors opening wide. It’s truly an uplifting and positive time to be involved with our union.”
If you or someone you know has expressed an interest in becoming a commercial painter or glazier in Toronto, or other type of construction industry worker, please contact the IUPAT today. We’re working hard now to seamlessly fill the thousands of openings that will come up month-after-month, year-after-year for the foreseeable future.