Job prospects Bricklayer in Ontario

Job opportunities for Bricklayers (NOC 7281) are fair in Ontario over the next 3 years. This job outlook is also applicable to people working as a bricklayer.

Note that the current 2019-2021 employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. We are working to update this information as soon as possible. In the meantime, visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation. You can also read our newly updated sectoral profiles to learn about recent developments for key economic sectors in your region.

Job opportunities in Ontario

Outlook over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be fair for Bricklayers (NOC 7281) in Ontario for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

The majority of bricklayers work in the construction industry, mainly as foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors.

Employment in this occupation will likely remain steady, as the construction industry should see a fair level of activity in the near term. Investments in commercial developments, industrial projects, and in healthcare and educational facilities, will support demand for these workers. Several large-scale infrastructure projects are also in progress including upgrades to transit and related facilities, power generation plants, and public centres. This will further sustain the need for workers in this trade to build exterior structures in the coming years. While residential construction may see a dip in 2019, higher population growth in some areas of the province will help support ongoing residential development. Apart from new construction, older residences and buildings will require renovations and retrofits, which will create some work for bricklayers. Upgrades to heritage and cultural institutions should bode well for restoration masons in particular.

The use of non-concrete interior and exterior building materials such as glass and wood may affect the overall use of masonry products in new builds. However, greater longevity, value, structural integrity, and energy efficiency obtained from masonry bricks and blocks could steer builders to incorporate more of these goods.

There are three voluntary skilled trades associated with this occupation in Ontario–brick and stone mason, refractory mason, and restoration mason. Although trade certification is available and may lead to more favourable job prospects, it appears that some employers do not require certification to secure employment. As such, this opens the labour pool to those with informal training such as several years of practical experience on the job and/or some college courses in masonry.

Some employers seek candidates with experience in a particular area of masonry such as restoration, stone work, refractory, or ornamental work, or experience with specific materials such as stone, clay, or glass blocks. Bricklayers often have to work at various locations so most employers prefer candidates with a valid driver's licence. Knowledge of health and safety practices related to the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is often required. Some positions require training on suspended access equipment and/or elevated work platforms. Job duties can be physically demanding and may involve working in confined spaces. This occupation can be seasonal with better job prospects in the spring to summer months. In addition to seasonality, some bricklayers may experience a slowdown in work between construction projects. Tradespersons who work at heights must complete a provincially required working at heights training program.

Here are some key facts about Bricklayers in the Ontario region:

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