DFA reports to DOLE about labor shortage in Canada’s western provinces

Department of Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Maria Andrelita S. Austria reported to Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III of looming labor shortages in transportation industry in western provinces of Canada.

The Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver, citing the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table's (APGST) report, said there is a looming labor shortage in transportation industry in western provinces of Canada on account of workers either retiring, moving out of the province, or leaving industries involved with international trade. Western Canada is a region that includes the four provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.

The APGST is a non-profit, regional partnership between labor, business, and education/training institutions. It ensures the Asia Pacific Gateway has enough people with the right skills and training to meet its needs.

According to APGST, transportation industry in the western provinces is anticipated by over 36,000 workers, with more than half of these new workers being newly trained or new to the workforce, and that transportation industry is also expected to gain employees from other industries.

The report added that British Columbia (B.C.) is expected to have the heaviest reliance on foreign workers to manage its labor supply growth as it is presumed in the loss of 27 percent of its workforce. B.C. is the only province that can expect a steady yearly supply of employees from other provinces.

While the Province of Alberta will receive more out-of-province workers, the inflow will not be as steady or distributed across trade-industry sectors.

Air pilots, flight engineers, and flying instructors sector will see the most growth assumed by foreign workers, at 56 percent.

Source: Philippine Information Agency