Encourages federal and provincial ministers to have a positive
discussion on lasting solutions to skilled labour shortages in Canada
TORONTO, Nov. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - The Progressive Contractors Association of
Canada (PCA) looks forward to a positive discussion between the federal
and provincial ministers responsible for skills training and labour
markets, this Friday, in Toronto.
"Increasingly, employers in Canada's construction industry are
struggling to find workers with the right skills at the right time in
the right place," said Sean Reid, Federal Director of PCA. "It is our
hope that the ministers responsible for skills training and labour in
Canada will have a positive discussion on Friday so there is a lasting
solution to the issue of worker shortages in Canada."
Canadian construction businesses have identified skills shortages and
mismatches across several key trades and sectors. This is particularly
problematic at a time when many Canadians are out of work. PCA
believes a new solution is needed and federal leadership, in the form
of the Canada Job Grant, is a good place to start.
In designing the Canada Job Grant, the federal government correctly
recognized three important criteria essential to building a training
system that will create more jobs in Canada: it is national in scope;
will be driven by the employers who create the jobs; and, flexible in
"We believe a lasting, made in Canada solution, to the issue of skilled
worker shortages, is possible. The first step for the federal and
provincial governments is to maintain a positive dialogue so that a
workable, national solution can be implemented," concluded Reid.
PCA is the voice of progressive unionized employers in Canada's
construction industry. PCA member companies employ more than 25,000
skilled construction workers across Canada, represented primarily by
the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC). PCA member companies
are responsible for 40 percent of energy and natural resource
construction projects in British Columbia and Alberta and are leaders
in infrastructure construction across Canada.
SOURCE: Progressive Contractors Association of Canada
For further information:
Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA)
289-335-1181 ext. 1