Ask yourself...

  • Do you have a strong entrepreneurial spirit?
  • Would you enjoy managing your own company?
  • Do you have strong interpersonal skills?
  • Can you communicate instructions and manage conflict?
  • Do you have a solid background in the construction industry?

If the answer to these questions is yes, then a career as a Small Construction Company Owner could be right for you.

Small construction company owners are responsible for all aspects of a construction company, and only succeed if they do everything right. They need strong skills in both technical construction and administration.


Small construction company owners perform the following types of activities:

  • Motivate employees and foster employee career planning
  • Set goals and define and implement corporate vision
  • Determine company objectives
  • Oversee annual budget and financial operations
  • Establish company working conditions
  • Oversee company marketing and bidding activities
  • Liaise with clients at all stages of projects
  • Manage quality control

Work Conditions

Small construction company owners spend a lot of time on job sites. Owners of larger construction companies typically delegate responsibility for on-site work to others and spend more time in the office.

As with all careers in the construction industry, safety is the top priority. While on construction or other job sites, small construction company owners must be aware of and comply with all relevant safety policy and procedures.

Training and Certification

Universities, colleges and other training providers across Canada offer courses and workshops on small business ownership.

Typical background requirements include:

  • Extensive construction background as a Project Manager, Site Superintendent or Site Supervisor in appropriate technical areas
  • Extensive leadership, management and administrative background


Canadian Construction Contract Essentials
Communication, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Construction Industry Ethics
Construction Law
Construction Project Management
Introduction to Understanding Systematic Racism
Working in a Respectful and Inclusive Workplace


How to Become a Construction Company Owner
Jeff Toon shows you what it's like to be a Construction Company Owner, why he loves his job and what steps you need to take if you would like to be a Construction Company Owner too.