THERE ARE MORE THAN 300,000 COMPANIES in the Canadian construction industry today.

Although more than 1 million Canadians work in construction, the large number of entrepreneurs in the industry means that the average company size is quite small. Nearly 90% of companies in the residential sector and nearly 70% of those in the non-residential sector have five employees or fewer.

The Canadian construction industry employs more than 1.3 million people (that’s 1 in 14 people) – more than almost any other industry in Canada.

There are many different types of construction companies that you could work for:

  • General contractors usually work with landowners or companies that want to build a structure. They act as the primary contractor on projects that involve a range of specialized construction activities, which are often sub-contracted out.
  • Design-builders are similar to general contractors, but they provide architectural and engineering designs as well as construction.
  • Construction managers oversee and schedule construction for their clients.
  • Speculative builders, operative builders or merchant builders construct buildings they plan to sell – like houses or apartment buildings.
  • Trade contractors deal with specific parts of a project such as masonry, painting or electrical work. They can work under contract with a primary (general) contractor, or directly with a property owner for renovation and repairs.

Find out what trades employers will be looking for in your province.

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