OCA 2020 Construction Symposium & Trade Show

Youth Engagement - Future, Yours to Build

The OCA Construction Symposium and Tradeshow set for February 26 & 27 at the EY Centre will be incorporating a strong focus on youth in construction by featuring 2 distinct activities that we invite members and the public to take in.

A Youth Engagement zone for students is organized in Hall 1 which will feature 16 trade and technology exhibits offering an interactive hands-on experience for area high school students.  Over 1,000 high school students from the Ottawa Carleton District and the Ottawa Catholic School Boards are expected to visit the Youth Engagement zone over the 2 days.

A carpentry skills competition featuring students from several area high schools has been organized by the Ottawa Carleton District School Board and will take place in Hall 4. There will be 3 carpentry competitions underway - a  1-person build, a 2-person team build and a 4-person team build of a garden shed. The winners will be announced at the closing ceremony on Thursday, February 27th.

Schedule of Students participating in Youth Engagement Zone

Note - Due to the French School Board Teachers Unions decision to work to rule, the French School Boards - CECCE, CSDCEO and CEPEO are unable to participate by providing escorted groups. Students from any school are welcome to attend and should plan to join any of the scheduled sessions at the advertised start time. Please email Angela at events@oca.ca as a heads up if you plan to attend.

The Construction Industry Needs Workers
The regional construction market has been continuously growing year after year and the future looks bright in Ottawa for anyone contemplating a career in all facets of the industry - be it professional design services, construction management, administration and of course our key professionals in the field - the trades.

Here are some key facts about Ottawa:
•    Employment Growth has risen in 10 years from 510,000 to 590,000
•    Population Growth has risen in 10 years from 950,000 to 1,070,000
•    Building Permits has risen in 10 years from $1.9 Billion to $3 Billion
•    Despite the growth in population housing completions is not growing at same pace.
•    Ottawa has major upcoming public investments of Billions of dollars in Parliament Hill, Light Rail and the Ottawa Hospital to name a few.

The construction labour market is already very tight and the future project demands are expected to exasperate the situation further possibly resulting in longer delivery times, cost escalation.

To obtain additional insight as to the growing construction market and a sampling of major upcoming investments in Ottawa click HERE to download a 19-slide OCA presentation "Ottawa 2020 & Beyond Outlook"

BuildForce Canada projects a 13% employment increase over the next 5 years.

To review a BuildForce Canada presentation by President Bill Ferreira to the OCA in December 2019 click HERE to download.