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Prince Edward Island is looking for skilled labor

The construction industry in Prince Edward Island is launching a major recruitment drive to attract or repatriate hundreds of skilled workers to the province by the middle of the next decade.

The island province is experiencing a shortage of skilled labor, say representatives of the construction industry. This shortage, they say, is likely to worsen if nothing is done within a few years with the planned retirement of nearly one in five workers.

The Prince Edward Island Construction Association has decided to launch a radio and social media recruitment campaign. The message: “If you know someone who is in a construction trade, make sure you tell them about job opportunities [on the island].”

Entrepreneurs in the province estimate that they will need at least 1,800 skilled workers within six or seven years. They are looking for about a hundred now.

The shortage of skilled labor is already driving up the cost of construction projects, says Sam Sanderson, Executive Director of the Prince Edward Island Construction Association. The available workforce must, he says, work overtime to deliver the projects on time.

The biggest concern for the industry right now is the shortage of skilled labor.

Sam Sanderson, Executive Director, Construction Association of Prince Edward Island

Minister of Advanced Education and Manpower Sonny Gallant supports the construction industry’s recruitment drive. He would like to kill two birds with one stone.

Prince Edward Island is also experiencing a housing shortage , the minister said. The province therefore needs a sufficient workforce to build new homes.

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