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Careersinconstruction.ca is an initiative of the Construction Sector Council.
Funding for this project is being provided by the Government of Canada’s Sector Council Program.
As a skilled construction worker, you could help build homes, offices, schools, bridges, roads, factories or shopping malls and be part of a $168 billion industry that represents 13% of Canada’s economy.
There are four sectors in the construction industry. Each uses different equipment and needs workers with a variety of skills. Depending on the career you choose, you could work in two, three or all four of these sectors:
1. New Home Building and Renovation – building, remodelling or renovating houses and apartment buildings:
The New Home Building and Renovation sector makes up a huge part of Canada’s construction industry.
2. Heavy Industrial Construction – building industrial facilities such as cement, automotive, chemical or power plants, refineries and oil-sands installations:
3. Institutional and Commercial Construction – building commercial and institutional buildings and structures such as stadiums, schools, hospitals, grain elevators and indoor swimming pools:
4. Civil Engineering Construction – engineering projects such as highways, dams, water and sewer lines, power and communication lines, and bridges:
Take a virtual tour through projects in each of these construction sectors – check out Building blocks! 
As a construction worker in any sector, you can start by finding a job with a suitable employer. You can also work through a labour organization or an open shop contractors’ association. All three doors into the industry lead to challenging careers where you can do high-quality work on short- and long-term projects of every size.
Both labour and open shop organizations deal with employers on your behalf. These organizations will enter your name on their lists and contact you when jobs come up.
There are more than 265,000 firms in the construction industry. Of these firms, 150,000 are private trades contractors. More than 68,000 operate in residential construction.
Though the construction industry employs more workers than almost any other industry in Canada, the size of the average construction firm is quite small. In the residential sector, nearly 90% of firms have less than five employees. In the non-residential sector, almost 70% of firms have five employees or fewer.
Construction companies fall into different categories depending on the size and kinds of jobs they work on, what they’re responsible for and whether they work on contract or on their own:
Safety is the number one priority in construction. Each province and territory in Canada has its own set of safety standards. To find out about safety in the industry and your rights as a construction worker, contact your provincial or territorial construction safety association. Check out Related links  for more information.
In Canada, there are many organizations that serve as a resource for construction workers. Click on the links below to get a list of organizations and their websites.