New Brunswick to tackle construction sector labor shortages

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The provincial and federal governments are investing in a Labour Force Adjustment Committee to tackle New Brunswick’s construction sector labor shortages. Spearheaded by the Construction Association of New Brunswick, the committee concentrates on filling job openings through immigration. Their goal is to cater to the increasing demand for skilled tradespeople, with a special focus on residential construction. 

Present labor force data reveals that roughly 4.2% of construction jobs are currently vacant. Based on labor force projections, we anticipate 8,400 retirements and thousands of new jobs by 2032. The committee’s initiatives will bolster ongoing efforts to encourage apprenticeships and skilled trades. The provincial government has pledged $250,000 to the project, and the federal government is contributing $190,612.

With this financial assistance, the CANB will establish a Labour Force Adjustment Committee to develop short and long-term solutions to labor shortages in New Brunswick’s construction sector. The committee, which is composed of federal and provincial governments as well as industry stakeholders, will look at the sector’s challenges and opportunities. The committee will kick off its efforts with a 100-day challenge to solve critical roadblocks like credential recognition, recruitment, and workplace readiness.

This announcement demonstrates how the Government of Canada is supporting Atlantic Canada’s momentum by strengthening communities, creating new opportunities, and laying the foundation for a strong, sustainable future. 

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