The Government of Ontario is taking action to attract more people to the skilled trades and employers to hire more apprentices. The province is facing a serious labour shortage which has the potential to get progressively worse. On any given day tens of thousands of jobs go unfilled and many of those are in the skilled trades.
As part of the government’s Open for Business, Open for Jobs strategy Monte McNaughton, the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, today launched a marketing campaign to highlight good-quality, well-paying and flexible careers in the trades, under the slogan ‘Find a Career You Wouldn’t Trade.’
Original Article: Ontario Takes Action To Address Trade Shortage
The skilled labour shortage in construction is a massive problem both for the future decades and present day. The article that was published through the news room at the Ministry of Labour illustrates that the government is recognizing there is a problem and beginning to act on it.
For the last several years I have worked in the Toronto construction market. One of the major issues I’ve seen in this market is the labour shortage and availability of work. Skilled workers are in incredibly high demand and the shortage of skilled crews is having effects on pricing, schedules and workmanship.
The government has introduced a media drive called ‘Find a Career Your Wouldn’t Trade’ – obviously playing off the words. The goal of the campaign is to help assist the construction labour shortage in Ontario by encouraging more young people to consider trades as a career choice.
How Did We Get Here?
Throughout my early childhood and into highschool trades were never seen as a way to make a good living. People aged 20-40 were encouraged to become doctors, scientists, philosophers through the university route. College was seen as inferior.
Because of this an entire generation went to university and skipped out on many jobs that are essential in how our industry operates.
What we have now is an industry that is extremely understaffed. From carpenters to plumbers to electricians and welders, in markets like Toronto union halls are regularly empty. What many young people didn’t realize is that many of these careers pay well into the six figures and work is almost guaranteed.
Is This Enough To Help Skilled Trades in Ontario?
Likely not enough to make a significant improvement on the current market, but like the old saying goes every little bit helps. Together with other incentive programs such as the Modernizing the Skilled and Apprentice Trades Act of 2019 more kids will be encouraged to enroll in these jobs.
While this is unlikely to help the industry of today it may help the industry of tomorrow. For more information on how you can beat the skilled trades shortage make sure to check out our article.