Carpenters & Skilled trades
Construction supervisors


Construction supervisors

These are just a few of the many jobs available in Canada’s advanced wood building sector.

Driven by cost competitiveness, speed of construction, demand for sustainable construction to mitigate climate change, and natural appeal of wood buildings, the sector will create an estimated:

50,800 new positions
between 2018 to 2028.

Workers who have retired or left the sector will account for another

33,200 job openings, bringing the total to 84,000 new jobs.

Advanced wood designers and builders use innovative wood-based products and systems for multi-family and non-residential buildings, including mid-rise and tall wood buildings.

Where the jobs currently are in the Advanced Wood Building Sector (2018)*

34,000  Architectural, engineering
and related services
8,200  Advanced wood
68,200  Advanced wood

*  Estimated

Total = 110,400 current jobs

The advanced wood building sector has three components:


Manufacturers of structural wood products and prefabricated building systems.


Architects, engineers, and technologists who design these buildings.


Construction companies that use wood building products for a range of typologies including: multi-family residential buildings, low-rise industrial, commercial and institutional buildings, and tall wood structures.

Total New Job openings in the Advanced Wood Building Sector by 2028*

24,800  Architectural, engineering
and related services
49,500  Advanced wood
9,700  Advanced wood

*  Includes job openings to replace workers who have retired or left the sector.


Workers in the advanced wood building sector have the satisfaction of making a positive difference to our world by reducing the carbon footprint of the built environment. Harvested from sustainably managed forests, wood is the only renewable building material. By storing carbon, wood buildings help mitigate the effects of climate change.

In addition to the environmental benefits, advanced wood buildings can represent a more efficient, and industrialized, approach to construction. The construction sector is one of the least digitized major global industries. As such construction has not changed much in the last 100 years, leading to weak productivity growth compared to other major sectors. Advanced wood construction can change that by combining wood’s high strength, light-weight properties, and ease of processing with leading edge technologies such as BIM and robotic CNC machining. This enables prefabrication and modularized building processes to help improve productivities and reduce costs, construction schedules, and waste. Advanced wood buildings represent the future of construction, and not the past.

Jobs Across the Country

More than half Of the 50,800 new jobs openings in the advanced wood building sector between 2018 and 2028 will be concentrated in Ontario and Quebec. However, Alberta and British Columbia will generate more new jobs per capita than Ontario and Quebec—the sector will be growing more quickly in these provinces. For this reason, demand for workers in the sector will be similar across the four provinces.

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Architect: Quadrangle
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Estimated Job Openings 2018-2028* – Selected Provinces

Advanced Wood

BC  1,900 Quebec  2,700 Ontario  2,700 Alberta  1,700

Advanced Wood

BC  9,200 Quebec  9,800 Ontario  17,500 Alberta  7,500

Wood Building Architecture
and Engineering

BC  3,800 Quebec  5,100 Ontario  9,100 Alberta  4,700

* Includes job openings to replace workers who have retired or left the sector.