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Painters and decorators apply paint, wallpaper and other finishes to interior and exterior surfaces of buildings and other structures. They are employed by construction companies, painting contractors and building maintenance contractors, or they may be self-employed.
construction painter, maintenance painter, painter, painter and decorator, painter and decorator apprentice, paperhanger.
- Read specifications to determine quantities of materials required
- Prepare and clean surfaces using methods such as scraping, sanding, sandblasting, hydro-blasting and steam-cleaning; remove old wallpaper and loose paint; repair cracks and holes in walls; and sandpaper and apply sealer
- Mix and thin paint to obtain desired colour and texture
- Apply paint or other materials, such as stains, lacquer, enamel, oil, varnish, fibreglass, metal coating or fire retardant using brushes, rollers or spray equipment
- Measure, cut and apply wallpaper or fabric to walls
- Assemble and erect scaffolding and swing stages
- Advise customer on selection of colour schemes and choice of wall coverings
- May provide cost estimates to clients.
Outlook & Prospects for Painters and Decorators in North Shore Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Provincial Employment Potential Information
The following table identifies employment conditions within Nova Scotia.
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Nova Scotia||(2 of 3 stars)||2014-05-15|
For the 2013-2015 projection period, employment opportunities will be fair for Painters and Decorators (NOC 7294) in Nova Scotia. Employment growth this occupation is expected to be weaker than average. However, this will be partially offset by average proportions of workers retiring. In addition, there will be an average number of unemployed workers with experience in this occupation who may compete for available jobs.Due to the seasonal nature of this occupation, employment opportunities will vary depending on the time of the year.
According to the 2011 National Household Survey, the average age for this occupation in Nova Scotia was 44 years and 23% of workers were 55 years old and older. Also, according to the Labour Force Survey, approximately 1,500 people worked in this occupation in 2013.
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Annapolis Valley Region||(Undetermined)||2014-07-31|
|Cape Breton Region||(Undetermined)||2014-07-31|
|North Shore Region||(Undetermined)||2014-07-31|
Labour Market Bulletins
An analysis of the local labour market and an assessment of local employment-related events.
- July 2014 | (PDF, 752 KB)
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- May 2014 | (PDF, 864 KB)
- April 2014 | (PDF, 864 KB)
- March 2014 | (PDF, 595 KB)
- February 2014 | (PDF, 595 KB)
- January 2014 | (PDF, 605 KB)
- Annual Edition 2013 | (PDF, 746 KB) new
- December 2013 | (PDF, 539 KB)
- November 2013 | (PDF, 540 KB)
- October 2013 | (PDF, 547 KB)
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- February 2013 | (PDF, 436 KB)
- January 2013 | (PDF, 294 KB)
- Annual Edition 2012 | (PDF, 414 KB)
Provincial / Territorial Labour Market NewsWeek of Aug 11 - Aug 15, 2014
- According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., housing starts are expected to drop 14.5% in Nova Scotia in 2014, and a further 1.5% in 2015. Halifax should see a 7.7% drop in 2014 over 2013, and a further 6.7% drop in 2015. A slow economy and westward population migration are mentioned as factors behind the drops.
- Harbour Isle Halifax Inc. will add two 16-storey residential towers in 2015 to a recently completed 12-storey tower at its $250M construction project at Wright¿s Cove in Dartmouth. Also, a multimillion-dollar residential-commercial development will begin on the site of the former National Film Board building on Barrington Street in Halifax within a few weeks.
- A new multimillion-dollar wastewater treatment facility will be built in Windsor, with financial assistance from three levels of government
- Southwest Properties will begin construction on the $500M, 10-year Seton Ridge retail and residential project in Rockingham in 2015. Pete¿s Fine Foods will open its fourth Halifax area grocery store in early 2017 in the new development.
- According to the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC), Nova Scotia¿s economy has benefitted from an increase in seafood, wood pulp, and natural gas exports during the first half of 2014, as well as major construction projects in Halifax. However, weakening employment and slowdowns in retail spending and home construction are being felt across the province.
- According to the Cape Breton Building Trades Association, construction activity in Cape Breton is the slowest it has been in 20 years, and the majority of union members are either without work or have had to go west to find jobs
- According to local unions and partners, the Maritime Link hydroelectric project will provide a boost to Cape Breton's construction industry, and slow down the out-migration of workers. Agreements have recently been reached between the partners on wages and benefits for workers who will be involved in the project.
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada will spend $3.5M on improvements to small craft harbours in the federal electoral district of Central Nova. Multiyear construction of a breakwater wharf at Caribou will be among the projects.
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada will spend $1.75M on upgrades to harbours along the South Shore of Nova Scotia, including repairs to wharves and breakwaters
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