Canada is facing a looming shortage in handy skilled trades workers — including mechanics, welders and construction staff — as the number of qualified older workers approaching retirement outnumbers younger ones, according to new data from Statistics Canada.
The agency on Wednesday released the latest installment of its 2011 National Household Survey — including details on education in Canada — that shows men continue to account for the large majority of Canadians with training in skilled trades.
However, the data also show that a number of skilled-trade professions are facing potential labour shortages in the coming years, as a lower proportion of young adults ages 25-34 held a trades certificate compared with older adults ages 55-64.
Across Canada, approximately 2.2 million Canadians ages 25-64 — about 12.1 per cent of the total population in that age bracket — hold some form of trades certificate (including a certificate or diploma, or registered apprenticeship certificate) as their highest level of education, according to the 2011 survey.
The most common trades certificates are in mechanic and repair fields, construction trades, and personal and culinary services.
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