BuildForce Canada Says Action Needed Now
OTTAWA, Oct. 30, 2013 /CNW/ - A recent TD Economics report focusing on
Canada's skilled trades shortages may be masking real, and serious
skilled labour challenges faced by Canada's construction industry,"
according to BuildForce Canada.
"The reality is that there are, and will be, acute skilled trade
challenges within the construction industry in parts of Canada that
simply cannot be ignored," said Rosemary Sparks, Executive Director of
BuildForce Canada, a national industry-led organization that provides
critical labour market forecasts. "While we support the TD Economics
report recommendation that Canada cannot take a wait and see approach,
this report does not address specific challenges revealed by a more
detailed analysis of sector specific labour markets."
Canada's strong resource construction sector will continue to put
significant pressure on an already tight labour market in Western
Canada, Northern Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador over the next
decade. In these provinces, challenges created by an aging workforce
and skilled trades shortages are real. For example:
Current shortages of skilled construction trades including carpenters,
plumbers, electricians and welders threaten project schedules and
production delays in Newfoundland and Labrador;
Industry will be challenged to meet demands for skilled construction
trades, given a new wave of construction investment in Alberta's oil
sands over the medium term;
In BC, major mining and LNG major projects are scheduled to start in the
next few years, again challenging industry to meet demands for skilled
BuildForce Canada continually consults with industry and monitors the
economic environment, proposed major construction projects and
workforce supply, to provide annual in-depth construction labour market
forecast data and reports that assist Canada's construction industry in
meeting the demand for skilled labour.
"Our forecasts indicate a shortfall of skilled construction tradespeople
over the next decade, as new projects move forward and over 200,000
workers, or close to 25 per cent of the construction workforce retire,"
Sparks added. "This is the time to be aggressive in planning for the
future and promoting careers in skilled trades. Industry requires
short-term and long-term strategies to ensure a skilled workforce is
available to meet demand. Our economy also depends on it."
BuildForce Canada is a national industry-led organization committed to
providing accurate and timely labour market data and analysis to assist
in meeting workforce requirements and advancing the needs of Canada's
construction industry. Visit: www.constructionforecasts.ca
SOURCE: BuildForce Canada
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