Canada’s construction industry ready to work with government on its federal immigration plan

OTTAWA, November 2, 2023

Canada’s construction industry is pleased to see its industry concerns have been noticed and reflected in the new federal immigration plan and targets announced this week. We are encouraged by the recognition that immigration levels need to be matched to labour needs and, in particular, that developing Canada’s construction workforce is essential to advancing the economy and addressing the housing shortfall.

The government’s intention to maintain high immigration targets for 2025 and 2026 is welcome news for the construction sector, which is grappling with a critical workforce shortage. While sustained immigration is essential to ease the labour  crisis and put Canada on a trajectory of future growth, a clear strategy is needed to ensure we have the capacity to support an influx of workers that goes beyond homebuilding and considers the foundational infrastructure needed.

The federal government promises to work closely with provincial and territorial governments and other stakeholders to coordinate on housing and housing-enabling infrastructure. This closely aligns with what the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) and its members have been advocating for in meetings with government policy makers for over a year.

The report, An immigration system for Canada’s future: Strengthening our communities lays out a plan that includes full implementation of the Recognized Employer Pilot program and improvements to foreign credential recognition.

“Yet immigration cannot be considered in isolation. Welcoming newcomers is intrinsically linked to housing, healthcare, education, and infrastructure to support community needs like roads, bridges, clean water and energy,” says CCA President Mary Van Buren. “One area that was not mentioned was accelerating approval of those in high-demand construction jobs, including labourers for our civil sector, skilled tradespeople, and others who can help us build sustainably.”

The Canadian construction industry looks forward to meeting with Members of Parliament during CCA’s annual Hill Day on November 7 to discuss related issues including a long-term infrastructure plan, building the workforce Canada needs, and modernizing procurement.

For more information on our industry call to action urging the federal government to partner with the construction industry, read CCA’s press release on our building a strong foundation for a stronger Canada.

Rodrigue Gilbert
Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Procurement Practices
613-236-9455, ext. 102


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About CCA
The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) represents more than 18,000 member firms drawn from 62 local and provincial integrated partner associations across Canada. CCA gives voice to the public policy, legal and standards development goals of contractors, suppliers and allied business professionals working in, or with, Canada’s institutional, commercial and industrial and civil (ICIC) construction industry.

The construction sector is one of Canada’s largest employers and a major contributor to the country’s economic success. The industry employs 1.6 million people in Canada and contributes about $151 billion to the economy annually, accounting for 7.4 per cent of Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP).