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Drillers and blasters - surface mining, quarrying and construction  (NOC 7372)
Gaspésie -- Îles-de-la-Madeleine Region
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Provincial Employment Potential Information

The following table identifies employment conditions within Québec.

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Table on the employment potential for Drillers and blasters - surface mining, quarrying and construction in Québec.
Location Employment Potential Release Date
Québec Limited   (1 of 3 stars) 2016-04-15

For the 2015-2017 period, the employment outlook is expected to be limited for Drillers and Blasters - Surface Mining, Quarrying and Construction (NOC 7372) in Quebec.

This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:

  • Employment growth is expected to be moderate.
  • A small number of people are expected to retire.
  • This occupation has recently experienced high levels of unemployment.

Over the next few years, employment opportunities will be few, and will stem as much from positions vacated by retiring drillers and blasters, as from employment growth.

These positions will be first available to unemployed drillers and blasters, who are numerous, then to candidates who have obtained their Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS) in drilling and blasting. The ease of integration of DVS diploma holders into the labour market varies from year to year. In order to hold this specialized occupation on a construction site, one must hold a DVS in drilling and blasting, a blaster certificate from the Commission de la construction de Québec (CCQ), and a general license for explosives delivered by the Sûreté du Québec. According to the CCQ, driller-blasters are among the most mobile construction workers, more than half of them are working outside of the region where they live.

Employment changes in this occupation depend on trends in the construction industry, mostly the civil engineering and roadworks, as well as the mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction sector. The civil engineering and roadworks subsector continues to be supported by investments in road infrastructures made by various levels of government, but is adversely affected by the slowdown in wind turbine construction and in Hydro-Québec's investments in construction and maintenance. In the mining sector, investment intentions are falling and this could dampen employment in this occupation. Taking into consideration all of these factors, the number of driller-blasters is expected to rise slightly over the next few years.

Here are some key facts about Drillers and Blasters - Surface Mining, Quarrying and Construction in Quebec:

  • Approximately 1,150 people worked in this occupation in May 2011.
  • Drillers and Blasters - Surface Mining, Quarrying and Construction mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Construction (NAICS 23): 57%
    • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (NAICS 21): 37%
  • 47% of Drillers and Blasters - Surface Mining, Quarrying and Construction work all year, while 53% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations.
  • They fall into the following age groups:
    • 15 to 24: 12% compared to 13% for all occupations
    • 25 to 54: 80% compared to 69% for all occupations
    • 55 years and over: 8% compared to 18% for all occupations
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: more than 95% for all occupations
    • Women: less than 5%
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • No high school diploma: 30% compared to 12% for all occupations
    • High school diploma or equivalent: 27% compared to 20% for all occupations
    • Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: 36% compared to 19% for all occupations
    • College certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 6% compared to 25% for all occupations
    • Bachelor's degree: n/a
    • University certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: n/a

Table on the employment potential for Drillers and blasters - surface mining, quarrying and construction in Gaspésie -- Îles-de-la-Madeleine Region as well as in the rest of the Québec.
Location Employment Potential Release Date
Abitibi-Témiscamingue Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2016-04-15
Bas-Saint-Laurent Region Undetermined   (Undetermined) 2016-04-15
Capitale-Nationale Region Undetermined   (Undetermined) 2016-04-15
Centre-du-Québec Region Undetermined   (Undetermined) 2016-04-15
Chaudière-Appalaches Region Undetermined   (Undetermined) 2016-04-15
Côte-Nord Region Undetermined   (Undetermined) 2016-04-15
Estrie Region Undetermined   (Undetermined) 2016-04-15
Gaspésie -- Îles-de-la-Madeleine Region Undetermined   (Undetermined) 2016-04-15
Lanaudière Region Undetermined   (Undetermined) 2016-04-15
Laurentides Region Undetermined   (Undetermined) 2016-04-15
Laval Region Undetermined   (Undetermined) 2016-04-15
Mauricie Region Undetermined   (Undetermined) 2016-04-15
Montérégie Region Undetermined   (Undetermined) 2016-04-15
Montréal Region Undetermined   (Undetermined) 2016-04-15
Nord-du-Québec Region Undetermined   (Undetermined) 2016-04-15
Outaouais Region Undetermined   (Undetermined) 2016-04-15
Saguenay--Lac-Saint-Jean Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2016-04-15

Additional Provincial Prospects

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