Surveying the 2022 design/construction landscape

For 12 years, Construction Canada has conducted an annual survey asking readers about the state of the country’s construction industry. It is a brief snapshot into the life and times of the sector responsible for designing, creating, and maintaining our built environment, whether it is condo towers and mixed-use mid-rises, or hospitals, schools, and offices.

Construction Canada is the official publication of Construction Specifications Canada (CSC). An interdisciplinary association, CSC brings together professionals from across the building industry. Its membership includes architects, specifiers, engineers, project managers, product manufacturers’ representatives, contractors, and other experts across the architecture, engineering, and construction spectrum.

Our readership extends beyond just CSC members. In fact, more than 80 per cent of survey respondents do not have a CSC professional designation—an increase of more than 10 per cent from last year. However, having such a wide cross-section of participants offers a bigger perspective on the current state of the industry. We asked questions on everything from income and social media to job satisfaction and future predictions. From coast to coast, hundreds of you answered, offering insight into where we are now… and where we might be headed.

Once again, we had responses from all over Canada, including every province and even readers from the territories. With 166 respondents, Ontario is home to most of our readers. This is followed by British Columbia and Alberta. The gender gap remained flat, as women represented 27 per cent of participants—a number unchanged from 2021. Similarly, 22 per cent of female respondents reported earning a salary of $100,000 or more, compared to 51 per cent of male respondents.

A significant age gap still exists, with very little shifting. More than half of those surveyed are over 50, while 12 per cent are under 35 (an increase of only one per cent from 2021).

Changes are visible in the occupational longevity category. Nearly half of the respondents (46 per cent) have been in the business for 10 to 29 years, which remains unchanged since 2021.

New entries into the industry remain flat: 12 per cent of respondents have been in the industry for more than 30 years versus 13 per cent last year.

The bulk of respondents continue to be architects. Specifiers, engineers, and project managers are well represented, too.

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