This subsector comprises establishments primarily engaged in: trade activities generally needed in the construction
of buildings and structures, such as masonry, painting, or electrical work. The work performed may include new
work, additions, alterations, maintenance, and repairs.
Specialty trade contractors usually work under contract to
general contractors or operative builders to carry out a component of an overall project. However, they may contract
directly with the owner of the property, especially in renovation and repair construction. Not all specialized trade activities are classified in this subsector. In order to conform to the generally accepted distinctions made by construction businesses themselves, some types of specialized establishments involved in
heavy and civil engineering construction are classified in subsector 237 Heavy and civil engineering construction. Usually most of the work is carried out at the construction site. Some trade contractors operate shops in which they carry out job-specific prefabrication and other work. However, establishments that manufacture structural components such as steel and pre-cast concrete, or that manufacture building equipment such as boilers and elevators, are classified in sector 31-33 Manufacturing even if they install these goods themselves. The specialized activities classified in this subsector range from the initial site preparation for new construction, through the construction of building foundations and structures, the installation of building equipment and systems, to the finishing of buildings and other structures.
The information on the number, size and location of establishments can be used to assess the existing level of competition within the industry in your province/territory.
The table below shows the breakdown between employer and non-employer or indeterminate establishments for each province and territory as well as at the national level. For this industry, 5 of establishments are non-employers or indeterminate and 11 have one or more employees.
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