Recruitment & Retention Project

The heavy construction industry is experiencing significant labour shortages and over the next decade, Canada will see more than one-fifth of its construction labour force retire. The exit of 2 in 10 construction workers to retirement represents a significant loss of skills and experience.

NCHCA’s top priority is to improve the recruitment and retention of workers in the heavy construction industry. To do so, we must improve public perception of the heavy construction industry so that it is considered to be an attractive, sustainable career choice.

In 2020, NCHCA undertook a multi-year recruitment project with funding from the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development to address industry labour shortages in the Ottawa area. We will be calling on our members and stakeholders to provide input and feedback as we develop recruitment strategies and solutions to help us all going forward.

Please consider contributing to the success of this project by providing your knowledge, input and suggestions to one of the following working groups:

  • Exploring ways to improve the working conditions in the industry
  • Expanding the current labour pool
  • Connecting with high school students and the school system
  • Supporting people to develop their careers at all levels of the industry

For more information and to join a working group, please complete this form or contact Kathryn Sutherland at