The civil engineering and roadwork sector will provide important support

The civil engineering and roadwork sector, which provides jobs for about 36,000 employees2, slowed for a third consecutive year in 2015. A major deceleration in roadwork and infrastructure and the completion of a number of wind energy and electricity projects are mainly responsible for this slowdown. Nevertheless, it is expected that the sector will pick up speed again. Major road infrastructure projects, notably the Turcot exchange and replacement of the Champlain Bridge, will stimulate activity.

The institutional and commercial sector, which employs almost 100,000 workers, should see a gradual slowdown over the medium term. Commercial construction is not likely to grow, but it will maintain a good level of activity, as construction of retail enterprises and of mixed-use buildings combining condos with offices or retail outlets is expected.

The industrial sector, which includes about 18,000 employees, underwent a notable slowdown in 2015 (–30%). Activity in this sector fluctuates to accommodate projects that may emerge depending on the global situation, for which a strong recovery is not expected over the short term. The medium-term prospects call for relative stability. Several major projects should be completed in 2016, such as construction of a diamond mine in Jamésie – the Renard project – and a cement factory in Gaspésie. Thereafter, no large-scale projects are planned in this sector.

Finally, residential construction, which employs almost 55,000 workers, is forecast to decline gradually in coming years. Construction of housing will adjust to the reduction in formation of households, which will hover around 35,000 in coming years.

2 A number of employees work in more than one sector.

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