Bricklayers work with masonry materials such as brick, concrete block, stone, structural tile and pre-cast panels to construct and repair structures like walls, partitions, patios, arches, fireplaces, chimneys and other elements. They often work on commercial, industrial and residential buildings.

You have an eye for detail and being creative.

You have good physical strength.

You like working outdoors and with your hands.


  • Prepare and lay bricks, concrete blocks, structural tiles or other masonry units.
  • Read sketches and blueprints to calculate the materials required.
  • Cut and trim bricks and concrete blocks to specification using hand and power tools.
  • Build patios, garden walls and other decorative installations.
  • Lay or install firebricks to line industrial chimneys and smokestacks.
  • Line or reline furnaces, kilns, boilers and similar installations.

Key Skills & Attributes

(technical training and on the job)
  • Reading, communication, numeracy and problem-solving.
  • Ability to work with your hands.
  • Ability to work outdoors in diverse weather.
  • Physical fitness.
  • Ability to work with heavy materials.
  • Experience using precision tools & equipment.

What You’ll Need

Entrance Requirements

High school or equivalent. Complete a three-to-four-year apprenticeship program. Once you successfully complete the required on-the-job training, technical training and exams, you are awarded a journeyperson certificate.

Apprenticeship Program: 3-4 years, includes technical training, on-the-job training and exam. Journeyperson certificate awarded after successful completion.

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Hourly Pay

Approx. $41-42

(Based on journeyperson)

Projected Construction Worker Retirements

~ 8,100 by 2029*

*BuildForce Canada

Did You Know?

If you have a good eye for recognizing patterns, lines and proportions, this is a great asset for a bricklayer. In this career, you can be self-employed or work for construction companies and bricklaying contractors. Structures can vary in complexity from a simple walkway to an ornate exterior on a multi-level building.