In our single-minded obsession with academia, we forgot that the millions of people who literally built our economy would one day be retiring – and that there would be new industries sprouting up that would need skilled workers, too. Now, it’s not an exaggeration to say we have a crisis on our hands.
Some of the numbers are sobering. According to the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, by 2016, Canada will have 1.3 million skilled labour jobs sitting vacant because there is no one to do them. In the construction industry alone, there will be 219,000 workers retiring between now and 2020 and not nearly enough people to take their positions. In the agriculture sector, 90,000 additional skilled workers were needed this year, according to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
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Canada’s Skills Gap / Needs to do a better job of collecting and disseminating reliable labour market information
Canada needs to do a better job of collecting and disseminating reliable labour market information, the kind employers, students and policy-makers can rely on to make good decisions, observers say. “Our data is horrible,” said Rick Miner, a former Seneca College president who took part in a federal labour market advisory panel in 2009. The … Continue reading »
Canada / Is the widespread assumption that Canada is suffering from a growing shortage of labour true?
“When the Royal Bank of Canada was recently caught up in a maelstrom of bad publicity over its use of temporary foreign workers, it led politicians and pundits to scrutinize and question the growing use by Canadian firms of imported, short-term labour” Kevin McQuillan in ALL THE WORKERS WE NEED: DEBUNKING CANADA’S LABOUR- SHORTAGE FALLACY (Adapted …Continue reading »
Canada / Gender Gap in Apprenticeship: earnings similar to college education for men but lower for women
Analysis of the 2006 census found certified male apprentices had earnings similar to men with a community college education, according to two papers to be published in the Canadian Labour Market and Skills Researcher Network monthly publication. The first study, by University of Toronto professors Morley Gunderson and Harry Krashinsky, found male apprentices earn 24 … Continue reading »
Employers say they can’t find workers for the jobs they do have, while our unemployment rate is not returning to pre-recessionary levels. We were curious about whether parents are paying attention to the debate on the “skills gap” and advising their children to think about the skilled trades or science careers. So we asked the … Continue reading »
Canada / BC’s Skills Gap / The number of jobs requiring university, college, or trades credentials will exceed the supply of graduates in 2016
A B.C. Labour Market Profile reveals that by 2016, B.C. will reach a “tipping point” where the number of jobs requiring university, college, or trades credentials will exceed the supply of graduates in the province. The report was released by B.C.’s six research universities, based on the provincial government’s BC Labour Market Outlook. It notes … Continue reading »
A fault line is splintering Canada’s labour market into those who can’t find work and those who can’t find workers. There’s no shortage of people looking for work. Some 1.4 million Canadians are unemployed, the jobless rate is still above pre-recession levels and youth unemployment is nearly 14 per cent. Despite this, employers across the … Continue reading »
Canada’s “middle-skill” employment sector continues to erode alongside the growth of high-skill jobs, an indication that the labour market is splintering between well-paid, interesting, permanent jobs – and the rest. Canada is not experiencing the same degree of employment polarization as the United States. But it’s not immune to global trends either, which show robust … Continue reading »
Canada is facing significant challenges in the availability of skills and talent required to meet the workforce needs of Canada’s oil and gas industry over the next ten years, according to a report released today by the Petroleum Human Resources Council of Canada. “The Decade Ahead: Labour Market Outlook to 2022 for Canada’s Oil and … Continue reading »
A great deal of discussion is going on now about whether Canada is facing a shortage of skilled workers. Whether you are in the camp that believes it is or not, I think most people would agree that a country whose population has a diverse set of skills is able to respond more effectively to …Continue reading »