Industry builds cities and creates jobs

Thousands of people from across the GTA work in the building, development and home renovation industry.

Building and renovating homes involves a lot of different professionals and the industry is one of the largest employers in the GTA. In 2015, it employed more than 196,000 people in on-site and off-site jobs.

The industry spans beyond builders, developers and tradespeople and a variety of specialists including everyone from lawyers, marketers, urban planners and designers. Each construction crane you see represents up to 500 jobs.

The GTA is growing by up to 100,000 people each year and they need somewhere to live. As the need for new homes grows, so do the opportunities for people considering one of the many well-paying careers in building, development and renovation. Last year people in the industry earned $11.4 billion in wages.

BILD’s 1,450 members come from across the industry and include companies that plan and prepare sites for development, manufacture and supply materials, and that assist purchasers in the home-buying process.

Every year BILD recognizes excellence in the industry through a number of award programs. One of them is our Associate Awards, which recognize members for leadership, professionalism, innovation, and quality of service when working with builders or renovators.

Unlike other award programs, Associate Awards nominees are evaluated by their clients rather than a judging panel.

The Associate Awards recognize members in three distinct categories which reflect the diversity of our membership.

This years’ Service Professional of the Year award was presented to Avid Ratings Canada for the second time in three years. The company helps members of the building industry enhance their custom experience by assisting with social media outreach, designing virtual tours and collecting data for surveys. One of their past clients even said there is no better firm in the industry.

The Manufacturer or Supplier of the Year award was bestowed upon Shipway Stair Ltd., a Burlington-based stairs and rails manufacturer. The company received lots of praise from its clients, particularly when it came to its communications, products and service.

In the Trade Contractor of the Year category N. De Luca Plumbing took home top honours. The Vaughan-based plumbing company’s clients were very happy with how approachable, professional and hard-working their team is. This was the second year in a row that they won this award, and the third time since 2012.

I’m very proud to work in an industry where such a diverse group of professionals all work together to build complete communities in the GTA for people to live, work and play in.

— Bryan Tuckey is President and CEO of the Building Industry and Land Development Association.

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