The federal government has a long history of firing workers it deems to be incompetent, even as it tries to improve the productivity of the construction industry.
The prime minister has faced questions about his handling of the recent construction jobs hiring scandal in his own government.
The issue has come to the fore again after an internal survey of employees found the number of construction jobs posted online has declined in recent years.
The number of job postings online dropped by 17.4% from July to September, according to an analysis by Canadian Business Magazine.
That’s the largest drop since the summer of 2015, the most recent period covered by the survey.
That analysis also showed that construction companies posted a decline in job postings on the government’s website from January to September of this year.
The downturn was particularly noticeable in Canada’s biggest cities.
The government said the hiring of more skilled construction workers in recent months has helped keep the economy from spiraling out of control.
The jobs hiring is a sign that the economy is on track to grow again, said David Laidlaw, the former minister of labour and union rights.
The job posting trend reflects a growing perception among workers that the government isn’t delivering the jobs promised to them.
In October, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business reported a 50% increase in jobs posted on the federal website.
A report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), which opposes layoffs of public sector workers, also found that more than half of workers in construction are dissatisfied with the way the government is handling the job postings.
In recent years, Canada has been trying to ramp up its workforce.
It has also been looking to hire more skilled workers for the construction sector, which accounts for more than 20% of the country’s total workforce.
The construction sector accounts for about a third of the economy.
The construction industry employs some 6.4 million people.
Its share of the Canadian workforce has shrunk to about 5% from more than 9% in 2015.
The economy has been growing for years and has had a steady stream of jobs posted.
The job growth has been driven by new entrants into the sector, but the construction boom has also boosted other sectors of the job market.
The survey also found a small drop in job posting activity on the Department of National Defence website.
That suggests the government might be able to rein in the growth of the sector without cutting its workforce or laying off workers.
The federal government did not respond to a request for comment.
A spokesman for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills declined to comment.
The Department of Labour said in an email that it was not responding to CCPA’s survey.