Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada Needs Skilled Workers

Canada consists of 10 provinces and three territories. Much like other popular Canadian provinces — including Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia (BC) — its easternmost Newfoundland & Labrador province is also in the middle of booming energy and resources. And, this is challenging its capability to provide the required skilled workers to complete their planned ventures.

In several cases, the existing population of this Canadian province, is either too aged, lacking in the required skills, or has moved on to some other region of the country, such as Alberta, to work as project managers, engineers, etc.

There are some major projects which include:

  • Pursue latest discoveries offshore by US-based Chevron Corp and Norway’s Statoil ASA.
  • Building the Exxon Mobil Corp, a new platform of production for the current offshore development, with the work of associated fabrication in St. John’s and across the province.
  • The provincially-own work of Nalcor Energy Corp on the Muskrat hydro project in Labrador.
  • A large number of mining projects which include western Labrador’s iron ore.

According to a recent report, employers often look for overseas immigrants to fulfill their need of skilled workers in the province. However, to attract overseas skilled workers to fulfill the skilled shortages in the province, the government needs to improve its immigration policy.

Saskatchewan requires skilled workers and so does Alberta. The said report also says that from the early 1980’s to 2007, the Newfoundland & Labrador population went down by about 75,000 or 13%, as a large number of these young people are looking for opportunities in the Alberta oil sector.

It is expected that immigrant workers from other overseas nations will be helpful in filling the skills gap in Newfoundland & Labrador, along with other Canadian provinces, facing similar commodity booms, demographics, and a mismatch of native workforce.

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