Panel Discussion: Powering the North

Ontario’s construction industry plays a crucial role in the province’s resource economy, accounting for 6.1 percent of the provincial GDP in 2015.2 The industry relies heavily on innovation and engineering advances to meet the complex needs of our communities. One of the obstacles to the development of the Ring of Fire is the construction of a road to the Far North. What challenges and/or opportunities does the construction industry face in the coming years? What pressure will Ontario’s ageing workforce place on the industry? How can the industry emulate best practices to increase Indigenous partnerships and participation? What role will innovation have on the industry’s labour demands? How can the industry adapt and remain competitive in the coming years?