Construction Career Pathways facilitates 16-week, paid, entry-level work placements on construction sites. No prior industry experience is needed for workers, and employers can take advantage of financial incentives to help offset onboarding costs.
A wage subsidy of up to $2,400 per employee is available to businesses that complete their 16-week work placements, with funding provided by the government of Canada.
“Construction is at nearly full employment in most regions across the country, and demands are growing as project owners continue to invest in new builds and retrofit their existing projects to respond to net-zero imperatives,” said Bill Ferreira, executive director of BuildForce Canada.
The Construction Career Pathways program was developed to meet the needs of people looking to explore careers in construction but who have only entry-level skills and experience. The program targets small and medium-sized companies with fewer than 500 employees looking to hire new workers.
Through the program, 1,000 workers will receive placement at participating employers, and 50 per cent of the program intake will be allocated to people from traditionally underrepresented groups such as women, members of Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities, people with disabilities, newcomers to Canada and those who identify as LGBTQ2+; people from equity-deserving groups who want to work in construction; young people seeking work experience; and individuals looking for employment or looking to change careers.