The importance of the lumber and building materials (LBM) sector goes well beyond what happens in the stores. More than most other retail trade sectors, the LBM sector distributes Canadian-made products supporting employment and economic activity in local economies across the country.
For those looking for a career path, the building supplies sector offers many options. For example, one out of every seven workers in the retail sector is employed in management occupations. In the wholesale building supplies sector workforce, nearly one in five workers are employed in sales occupations and 19% are employed in management occupations.
The wholesale and retail building supplies sectors offer relatively good wages. The average weekly wage for the building supplies dealers sector across Canada is 19% higher than the overall retail trade sector. The average weekly earnings in the building material and supplies merchant wholesalers sector is 15% higher than the average weekly earnings in all sectors combined.