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According to an Écho-CCQ survey
Construction workers’ vacation plans: The United States, camping, fishing, cocooning, and ... renovations

15 July 2008

On Friday, the great majority of construction workers and contractors will put away their tools for the traditional construction holiday, which takes place officially from July 20 to August 2, 2008. What will they do during their vacations? Are their plans different from those of Québecers as a whole? This is what the Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ) tried to find out through a survey.

A survey was conducted among construction workers and the general population by Écho Sondage for the CCQ in June 2008.

Results of a survey on vacation intentions conducted in 2008

According to the survey, 82% of construction workers plan to be on vacation in late July. This percentage represents 108,000 workers out of the 132,000 registered with the CCQ. They will be joined by only 32% of all Québecers also taking their vacation during this period.

The 24,000 workers remaining on the job will delay their vacations to a later date. Most of the work sites that will remain active are in the civil engineering and roadwork sector: 40% of workers in this sector will be on site in late July, during the construction holiday.

The tradition of the construction holiday is advantageous to the construction industry from the economic point of view. Almost everyone in the industry is on vacation, and contractors can relax with their families without risking losing contracts. Management of sites, subcontractors, and office staff is also less complicated, according to employers. Finally, these are the best weeks to take family vacations, since the children are also on holiday.

The holiday is in Québec, but more and more go to the United States

Over the holiday period, 47% of construction workers on vacation will stay home or make day trips, while in the population as a whole, 54% will do the same thing during the same period.

This year, more construction workers than in the summer of 2005 will cross the border to the United States. According to the Écho-CCQ survey, 17% of those who plan to travel will go to the United States, double the proportion in 2005, when a comparable survey was conducted (this percentage represents 7,500 workers). In comparison, only 5% of all Québecers will go to the United States during the same period. Fewer construction workers will spend their vacation in Québec compared to 2005: in 2008, 68% planned to do so, compared to 79% in 2005.

Turning to activities, about 40% of construction workers on vacation plan to do some renovation work, putting their skills to profit and keeping in practice! In 2005, the proportion doing renovations was 30%. Among the general public, 34% planned to do renovations in 2008.

Whether they travel or not, 26% of construction workers will be casting a fishing rod. This love of fishing seems exceptional, and it is clearly stronger among construction workers than among Québecers as a whole, 11% of whom plan to go fishing.


Some survey results in figures

Construction workers

All Québecers

Proportion on vacation

82%

32%

What will they do?

   

Stay home

47%

54%

Go to the cottage

20%

19%

Travel

33%

27%

Where will the travellers go?

   

To their region

14%

15%

To other regions of Québec

54%

45%

To other provinces

10%

20%

To the United States

17%

5%

To other countries

5%

15%

Where will they sleep?

   

Camping out

38%

36%

In a hotel

41%

49%

With relatives or friends

21%

15%

What activities will they do?

   

Swimming

29%

33%

Bicycling

29%

36%

Fishing

26%

11%

The survey was conducted by Écho Sondage via telephone interviews with construction employees and the general public. A total of 1,001 interviews were conducted, 501 among construction employees and 500 among the general public, for a maximum margin of error of ±5% 19 times out of 20.