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The construction industry is all about finding the right tools – then putting those tools to their best possible usage.

That’s just as true for a hammer or screwdriver as it is for high-powered machinery like excavators, bulldozers and backhoes. However, there’s another tool the construction industry relies on to keep their businesses thriving.

The Internet.

To build better businesses and continue their work of building better homes, workplaces and community infrastructure, the construction industry depends on fast, reliable Internet connections that fit their unique needs.

Canada's Construction Industry

Throughout Canada, the construction industry offers a solid foundation of job and business opportunities. It employs over 1.4 million people across the country and is worth approximately $141 billion annually. With a full 70% of the industry made up of small to medium-sized businesses, many construction companies are literally building the same communities they call home.

Those same businesses use the Internet to find new projects, communicate with customers and suppliers, promote their work and purchase the equipment and materials they need to get the job done. In fact, according to a 2019 poll by the Home Improvement Research Institute, 52% of leads for construction contractors come from online sources. Recent innovations in the construction industry have also meant a foray into Internet of Things usage that is only expected to grow.

To continue to have the best tools in their toolbox, then, Canada’s construction businesses require connectivity solutions that will scale and move as they do. And to better understand their needs, Xplore Business has made it a priority to get to know this thriving industry.

Building Business and Making Connections

To fully understand Canada’s construction industry’s connectivity needs, Xplore Business is a member of two industry organizations that play a critical role in advocating for this sector:

  • Construction Association of Rural Manitoba: Based in Brandon, Manitoba, the Construction Association of Rural Manitoba (CARM) is committed to improving the construction industry in rural Manitoba through education and training, government lobbying, community marketing and networking opportunities. Their ultimate mission is to “facilitate continued financial success in the construction industry.”

  • Manitoba Heavy Construction Association: Headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association (MHCA) works with Manitoba’s heavy construction industry, promoting investment in core infrastructure like highways, streets, bridges, sewers and water-control structures. Their mission includes government lobbying, advocating for members, promoting industry growth and offering safety training.

Through our involvement with these two industry associations, Xplore Business has been able to expand our knowledge of the Canadian construction industry and their unique connectivity needs including setting up temporary connectivity at build sites. Our interactions with members have helped us learn what it takes to build communities – and what our community-builders require to get their job done. Fast, reliable Internet in rural or remote locations- is on the top of that list, with scalable options that can help them build on their needs as they continue to build their businesses.

It all starts with the right tool, after all.

Find out how Xplore Business can help you build your business connections.