Labour shortage in Saskatchewan "worst in history," survey finds

July 19, 2012

According to a recent survey by Merit Contractors Association Saskatchewan, more than 80% of Saskatchewan's non-union contractors believe the current labour shortage is the worst in the province's history, with nearly 75% unable to hire a journeyperson within 3 months and 40% unable to hire at all. The association says 85% of its member companies are having difficulty retaining employees. The association is calling on the government to increase the number of training seats at technical institutes such as SIAST, encourage more First Nations and M├ętis individuals to enter the trades, expedite the transfer of skilled tradespeople from other provinces, and increase immigration of skilled workers. Regina Leader-Post