Bricklayers – NOC 7281 SDG


Number of People Who Work in this Industry


Median Income of People Working in this Occupation


Chance this Occupation Will Be Impacted by Technology in the Next Decade


Participation Rate
Percentage of the number of people actively working in the occupation as compared to the total number of people in the occupation as of
May 1 to May 7 2016


Unemployment Rate
Percentage of people looking for work as compared to the total number of people in the occupation as of the week of May 1 to May 7, 2016, when the unemployment rate was 7.8% in SDG and 5.3% in PR.


of People Working in this Occupation

54.5% of the workforce has an apprenticeship or trade certificate

27.3% of the workforce has a secondary school diploma

Age of the Workforce

in this Occupation

41.2% of the workforce is age 45 to 64

Sectors that Employ this Occupation

90% of bricklayers work in the construction sector.

Employment Outlook

The employment outlook in our region for 2017-2019 is fair.

Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.

Not many positions will become available due to retirements

Due to the seasonal nature of this occupation, employment opportunities tend to be more favourable during the summer months.

Projected growth rate in Ontario: 9.1% – 10%

More Information

What Else Do I Need to Know?

The majority of bricklayers work in the construction industry, mainly as foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors.

Apart from new construction, many older buildings will undergo renovations or retrofits, which will create some work for bricklayers.

These tradespersons often find employment through their unions. There are two voluntary skilled trades associated with this occupation in Ontario – bricklayers, also called brick and stone masons, and restoration masons. Although trade certification is available and may be more favourable, it appears that some employers do not require certification to secure employment. As such, this opens the labour pool to those with informal training such as years of practical experience on the job and/or some college courses in masonry.

This occupation is rather seasonal with better job prospects in the spring to summer months. In addition to seasonality, some bricklayers may find a slowdown in work between construction projects. Bricklayers often have to work at various locations so most employers prefer those with a valid driver’s license. Some employers also seek candidates with experience in a particular area of construction such as restoration. Tradespersons who work at heights must complete a provincially-required working at heights training program.