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Alberta is 114,000 shortfall between the jobs available and those able to fill them, up over 48 per cent on its 2009 forecast.
The Alberta government’s latest occupational demand and supply outlook sees 606,000 new jobs being created by 2021, with 492,000 new workers joining the labour force to fill them.
Shortages are expected in the trades, among health-care workers, financial services, retail, public service and the restaurant and tourism industries.
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The Alberta government is forecasting a shortage of at least 77,000 workers within the next decade.
“We’re walking into a perfect storm,” Alberta Employment and Immigration Minister Thomas Lukaszuk says.“Economic recovery, the return of skills shortages, the aging of our workforce and intensifying global competition for workers all highlight the need to continue our focus on developing the workforce.”
Employers say they can’t find enough workers now — never mind 10 years from now.“The market is getting tougher,” said Mark McNeill, president of Master Flo Valve, an Edmonton-based exporter of choke valves and specialty control valves for the oil and gas industry.
Bob Walker, vice-president for northern Alberta for Ledcor Construction Ltd., has an even bigger need. “Our company needs a thousand people today,” Walker says. “Right today, I need a thousand more people than I needed month last and we hired more people and I still need a thousand more people.”
Employers in Canada are competing with other countries like Australia for skilled labour and are seeing a falling birth rate and lowering inter-territory migration affect the numbers of workers being drawn to jobs across the country.
A new report says that British Columbia and Alberta are out-performing the rest of Canada with new projects and jobs growth.
For the month of July, Canada’s western-most province gained 16,000 jobs, pushing the unemployment rate down 0.3 points to 7.5%. According to Statistics Canada, British Columbians have enjoyed one of the highest employment growth rates in the country with 67,000 more jobs overall since July 2009.
B.C.’s provincial government says that much of this is due to high numbers of construction projects in the region. The province reports that since the beginning of the year, there have been 896 major construction projects at an estimated value of $191 billion underway or planned for the near future – an all-time high for the region.
B.C. also reports that lumber production has increased by more than 22% compared to this time last year and spending on TV and film production increased by more than $100 million since 2008. Finally, the ports of Prince Rupert and Metro Vancouver say that shipping tonnage has increased dramatically since 2009.
Employment numbers increased healthily for the fourth month in a row with 9,000 more jobs created last month in Alberta and unemployment is at its lowest since April 2009 at 6.3% for the province. The growth the province has seen in the last year is due in part to retail sales, which have increased by 2.4% since May 2009. And, as opposed to the rest of the country where new housing builds have decreased by 1.6% in the last year, Alberta has seen an increase of 8.1%. The province also reports that the value of building permits saw an increase of 17.7% in the last month to close to $1.2 billion.
In the oil industry, the province’s bread and butter, the average number of rigs drilling in the province went up 68.4% in the last month. The Alberta government says that in the last year, drilling activity is up 135.5%.
These provinces are doing well in contrast to others across Canada. Unemployment in Quebec, for instance is higher than the national average, hovering around at 8.2% in the province, while Ontario has also seen a fall of around 15,000 jobs in the past 2 months.
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Two immigration programs introduced at the height of Alberta’s last boom have been put on hold.
Employment and Immigration Minister Thomas Lukaszuk said the move is in response to the province’s job market conditions. Alberta’s unemployment rate was 6.3% last month, according to Statistics Canada.
Under the changes, new applications will no longer be accepted in two categories under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program.
The categories, introduced in 2008, include the family stream and the U.S. visa holder category.
“Our focus needs to be on jobs for Albertans and Canadians first,” Lukaszuk said in a release. “We will continue to process applications for people who have the skills our growing economy needs.”
Under the family stream, Alberta residents were able to nominate relatives, with certain restrictions. There were 450 certificates issued last year in that category, according to provincial figures.
Under the other category, workers with U.S. visas who met certain criteria were able to apply to come to Alberta. There were 943 certificates issued in that area in 2009.
This year, the province will focus on nominating people who work in permanent jobs and those who have job offers in occupations that are in demand, say officials.