Labourers assist and support other skilled tradespersons on a job site including setting up and dismantling forms, site preparation and clean-up, concrete placement and finishing, mason tending, etc

You are looking for variety on the job.

You like working with your hands and with machines.

You are comfortable working at heights and in diverse weather.


  • Perform various duties involving lifting, carrying tool use and machinery management.
  • Assist heavy equipment operators in securing and guiding the movement of equipment.
  • Level earth to grade specifications.
  • Assist in demolishing buildings.
  • Mix, pour and spread concrete and asphalt.
  • Operate pneumatic hammers and tampers.
  • Direct traffic at or near construction sites.

Key Skills & Attributes

  • Numeracy, reading, communication, problem-solving.
  • Physical fitness.
  • Ability to work in high places.
  • Ability to work outdoors in diverse weather.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment.
  • Experience using power tools & machinery.

Entering the Trade

  • Is there a training pathway for this trade?: Yes
  • Number of Levels: 2 (technical training in development)
  • Total Required Apprenticeship Hours: 3,600
  • Total Hours Required to Challenge Exam as a Trade Qualifier: 5,400

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Hourly Pay

$30.19 – $33.86/hr

*Based on 2023 collective agreement Journeyperson hourly rate

Projected Construction Worker Retirements

~6,500 by 2032*

*BuildForce Canada 10-Year Workforce Outlook for NB

Did You Know?

Labourers are a backbone to construction, working on tasks that help work run smoothly on job sites.