OTTAWA AND CALGARY, June 1, 2012 /CNW/ - Canada's Building Trade Unions
and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) today
announced a joint agreement to advance long-term competitiveness of the
oil sands industry, with particular focus on developing a stronger
skilled trades workforce.
"The oil sands industry is the largest employer of skilled trades
workers in Canada," said Dave Collyer, CAPP President. "The oil sands
industry is working closely with the Building Trades on initiatives to
improve labour availability, including workforce mobility skilled
trades training and apprenticeship opportunities, and immigration.
Ensuring Canada has a strong skilled trades workforce benefits all
Robert Blakely, Director of Canadian Affairs for the Building and
Construction Trades Department said, "Canada's oil sands industry
provides more than 200 million work hours annually for 14 unions with
locals from coast-to-coast. Ongoing responsible oil sands development
is our goal, working with the industry to ensure Canada has the skilled
people needed to grow our economy over the next several decades."
According to the federal government's Construction Sector Council latest
forecast, by 2018 construction employment will rise by 180,000 jobs and
about 200,000 skilled trades workers will retire. While about 170,000
new entrants are expected, a 200,000-worker gap is forecast. Worker
shortages have inflationary implications, including cost increases for
construction projects and increased project execution risk, and could
impact the industry's ability to attract investment.
"Canada's skilled trades labour unions train 80 per cent of construction
apprentices, including 40,000 trained annually in concert with the oil
sands industry and our employer partners," said Blakely. "With
cooperation between oil sands companies and unions, oil sands will be
Canada's skilled trades training super-highway, deliver good paying
jobs, the next generation of skilled trades people, and grow our
Under the CAPP-Building Trades agreement, the two organizations will
promote careers in skilled trades and work with governments on
initiatives to improve workforce availability.
"We need to work jointly to attract more Canadians into the skilled
trades, provide more classroom and employment-based training
opportunities, improve incentives to move within Canada for work, and
as needed, increase both permanent and temporary immigration. More
skilled people who are mobile, certified and ready to work is a
win-win," said CAPP's Dave Collyer.
CAPP and Canada's Building Trades Unions recently launched an
advertisement featuring Larry Matychuk from the United Association of
Pipefitters and Martyn A. Piper from the United Brotherhood of
Carpenters. The ad, found at www.oilsandstoday.ca and www.albertacarpenters.com is one of several initiatives to build awareness of employment
opportunities and the important role skilled trades people play in
The North America-wide Building and Construction Trades Department
(BCTD) coordinates activities and provides resources to 15 affiliated
trade unions in the construction, maintenance and fabrication
industries. In Canada, the BCTD represents 500,000 skilled trades
The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) represents
companies, large and small, that explore for, develop and produce
natural gas and crude oil throughout Canada. CAPP's member companies
produce more than 90 per cent of Canada's natural gas and crude oil.
CAPP's associate members provide a wide range of services that support
the upstream crude oil and natural gas industry. Together CAPP's
members and associate members are an important part of a national
industry with revenues of about $100 billion-a-year. CAPP's mission is
to enhance the economic sustainability of the Canadian upstream
petroleum industry in a safe and environmentally and socially
responsible manner, through constructive engagement and communication
with governments, the public and stakeholders in the communities in
which we operate.
SOURCE Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
For further information:
Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO, Canadian Office
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers