Many workers are heading for vacation on Friday. (Archives)
Just over 150,000 construction workers and 21,000 construction employers begin their vacation Friday in Quebec. Many say they are happy to be able to take advantage of two weeks to rest, especially since activity in construction sites has reached a peak this year in the province.
According to the Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ), the number of hours worked in the construction industry increased by 21% compared to 2020, reaching 196.2 million.
This is the highest volume of activity recorded, surpassing the record of 177 million hours reached in 2019.
The activity is expected to be even higher in 2022. This means that it is a well-deserved holiday for construction workers, underlines CCQ spokesperson Marie-Noëlle Deblois.
View of construction work on the new CHU de Québec hospital
For the first time in a long time, workers will be enjoying their vacations, while sanitary measures are much less restrictive and trips abroad are possible.
At the site of the mega-hospital of the CHU de Québec, many seem to have opted for a vacation in Quebec.
Workers at the construction site of the Hôpital de l'Enfant-Jésus in Limoilou
I feel happy and tired, then two weeks will pass quickly. We might go to Rimouski, a little family trip, mentions a worker, Jean Couture.
It's peace of mind and joy. I'll take it easy, adds a colleague, Éric Beaupré.
Vacationers will be able to share a larger amount than last year.
The CCQ has donated nearly 182,000 vacation checks to Quebec workers in recent weeks. In total, this represents a sum of more than 553 million dollars.
This year, we see a 10% increase in the total value of payments, compared to the amounts paid last summer. This variation is mainly explained by the impressive upturn in 2021 in activity on construction sites, observes the CCQ.
A policeman from the Sûreté du Québec performs a speed check operation on the Henri-IV highway in Quebec.
Unfortunately, construction holidays also often mean road accidents. A quarter of Quebec's working population will be on leave during these two weeks, which increases travel.
Summer 2022 is already particularly deadly on the roads. The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) has recorded 72 fatal accidents on its territory since May, while there were 56 on the same date last year.
La The construction holiday period is the time of year when the number of fatal and injury collisions is highest. In 2021, nine people lost their lives throughout the territory served by the Sûreté du Québec, underlines the police force in a press release.
The SQ recalls that it will be no longer present until August 7, both on the road network and on bodies of water and trails.