February 22, 2023 By CBC News
If you ask anyone in Ontario’s construction industry, they’ll tell you they have a big problem: too much work and not enough workers.
Ontario’s government wants to build 1.5 million homes over the next decade, but says it will need 100,000 more workers to carry that out. But it’s not just the future we should worry about. The province is currently losing billions of dollars every year and Ontarians are slowly being priced out of their own housing market.
Building is big business in Ontario — the construction industry employs around 600,000 workers and makes up just under eight per cent of Ontario’s nearly $1-trillion GDP. But with the latest job vacancy rate around 6.6 per cent, tens of thousands of skilled construction jobs have nobody to fill them.
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