2015 Labour Market Assessment

In 2015, organizations representing the Industrial-Commercial-Institutional (ICI) construction sector in Nova Scotia launched an industry-wide assessment on labour market trends and issues.

The report includes labour market information gathered from ICI construction workers, students, employers and business managers from across Nova Scotia. The study gives an in depth look into industry issues to help stakeholders address current and anticipated labour market opportunities and challenges, such as retirement rates and the mobility of workers to-and-from Western Canada. It was funded in part by the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education and the Nova Scotia Construction Sector Council.

Group ATN Consulting Inc., the company selected to conduct the study, surveyed 783 workers, 502 post-secondary students, 111 employers and 17 business managers, providing an exceptional sample of data. In addition to the surveys, the team consulted with industry stakeholder groups, including employment services, training providers and organizations supporting immigrants and underrepresented groups.

Key focuses of the research included: preparing a demographic profile of the current labour force, assessing inter- and intra-mobility structures, identifying specific issues impacting hiring, and finding gaps in skills/labour supply and demand.

The 2015 Nova Scotia Labour Market Assessment was a collaborative initiative between the Nova Scotia Construction Sector Council, Cape Breton Island Building and Construction Trades Council, Construction Association of Nova Scotia, Mainland Nova Scotia Building Trades, Merit Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Community College, Nova Scotia Construction Labour Relations Association, Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education and the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency.

You can download the results here:

Executive Summary

Full Report