Aboriginal workers part of solution to Canada's impending labour shortage, report states

July 11, 2012

Aboriginal workers can help address the labour and skills shortages facing many Canadian businesses, particularly those based in the Northern regions where resource development is fuelling demand for workers. Yet lower levels of formal education and a lack of work experience hamper the success of Aboriginal peoples in Canadian workplaces, observes a new report from the Conference Board of Canada. The report identifies strategies that can help boost the recruitment, hiring, and retention of Aboriginal peoples in Canadian workplaces. These include improving educational outcomes, simplifying points of contact between Aboriginal organizations and employers, raising awareness of Aboriginal cultures, and increasing opportunities for the sharing of best practices among Aboriginal employment organizations. Conference Board News Release