First the bad news. Not only is it hard to find a qualified, professional tradesperson, things are poised to get a whole lot worse.
Last Tuesday, the Globe and Mail reported in an article on the electricity sector that there is ‘a crippling shortage of skilled workers, a problem that is growing more acute as the construction work force ages and the booming resource sector competes for labour’.
Two days later, another article decried the ‘acute shortage of electricians, welders, pipefitters, plumbers and carpenters’. This statement is based on information from the Construction Sector Council that says from 2011-2019, Canada needs 320,000 people in the construction trades. 163,000 of these will be first-time new entrants to the workforce. Where the remaining 157,000, or 15,000 per month, will be found is anyone’s guess.
At the risk of sounding like a know-it-all, bearer of bad tidings and someone who can’t resist saying, “I told you so”, this shortage of skilled labour is one of the reasons we created uknowa in the first place. Which leads to our good news. We know a good contractor. Plenty, in fact.