Labour shortages in Canada sporadic and short-lived, report finds

July 25, 2012

According to a new report from the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada, labour shortages continue to exist across the country, but they are sporadic and short-lived. Exploring skilled labour shortages in 5 trades in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador, the report notes that in 2011, 9.7% of the entire Canadian labour force was engaged in trade occupations, down from 11.3% in 1987. CGA-Canada says this shift occurred over time and, since 2000, the gap has remained fairly stable. CGA-Canada says its assessment shows that labour shortages took place occasionally within different regions and typically lasted no longer than a year at a time over the past decade. CGA-Canada News Release