More than 18,000 Skilled Workers Needed in Atlantic Canada



    Major New Projects Stretching Available Workforce

    ST. JOHN'S, June 25 /CNW/ - Major engineering and industrial construction
projects in New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador will stretch Atlantic
Canada's workforce to the limit, according to the Construction Sector Council.
    "We've got a record number of big projects planned or underway in the
Atlantic region including a nuclear power plant, oil refinery projects, hydro
and highway construction," said Timothy Flood, President of John Flood and
Sons Limited, the oldest construction company in Canada. "These projects
require more skilled workers than we have available."
    The information is contained in the Construction Sector Council's fourth
annual edition of "Construction Looking Forward," a detailed forecast of
labour market trends from 2008 to 2016 in Atlantic Canada.
    Ongoing construction activity will keep Nova Scotia and Prince Edward
Island busy but replacing an older than average construction workforce will
create a significant challenge towards the end of the forecast.
    The report finds that Atlantic Canada will need more than 5,000 new
trades people to meet demands for new construction. The age of Atlantic
Canada's workforce is above the national average. As a result an unprecedented
13,600 workers are needed to replace retiring baby boomers between now and
2016.
    "With so many workers retiring, this makes attracting, training, and
retaining skilled workers more important than ever," said Carol MacCulloch,
President of the Construction Association of Nova Scotia.
    Major new industrial and engineering projects will require specific
skilled trades.
    "To remain competitive and attract industrial development we will have to
step up training and recruitment efforts to find enough skilled workers to
keep up, no doubt about it," said Dermot Cain, Canadian Director, of the
International Union of Operating Engineers.
    The boom in large construction projects will also affect residential
construction.
    "We'll see a burst in residential building in Atlantic Canada to
accommodate workers coming in from out of province," said Grant MacLeod,
President of the PEI Residential Construction Sector Council. "It's a real
domino effect."
    The Construction Sector Council is a national organization committed to
developing a highly skilled workforce - one that will support the future needs
of the construction industry in Canada. Created in April of 2001, and financed
by both government and industry, the CSC is a partnership between labour and
business.
    The CSC's "Construction Looking Forward" national and regional forecasts
provide colleges, labour and industry with accurate information on labour
supply and demand to support the future needs of the construction industry in
Canada.
    For a copy of the Atlantic labour market forecast visit our website:
    www.csc-ca.org

    This project is funded by the Government of Canada's Sector Council
Program






For further information:

For further information: Bob Collins, Construction Sector Council,
(cell) (416) 399-0413

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