Surveying the 2019 design/construction landscape

Every year, we ask readers of Construction Canada to weigh in on the current state of the country’s design/building industry and where they think it is going next.


This year, we had responses from every province, as well as the territories. With 391 respondents, Ontario is home to a majority of our readers. This is followed by Alberta and British Columbia. The gender gap appears to have narrowed slightly as women represent 25 per cent of participants, a three per cent increase from 2018.

A significant age gap still exists—more than half of those surveyed are over 50, while only 14 per cent are under 35.

Changes are visible in the occupational longevity category. Nearly half of the respondents have been in the business for 10 to 29 years, the section that grew the most in 2019. In the past, the majority of the participants have been in the industry for more than 30 years.

However, mobility among employees is similar to previous years—54 per cent have been with the current employer for less than a decade.

Architects form the bulk of the participants. Specifiers, engineers, and project managers are well represented, too.

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