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Topic: Alberta Labour Crisis

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Member since 06/22/2005
Alberta Labour Crisis
09/18/2006 / 11:45 am    #1

Everyone has heard about the labour crisis in Alberta, however I'm looking for specific information on the labour crisis and how it is affecting the retail industry as an employer. I am looking for information about what other retailers are doing to attract and retain employees in the Alberta labour market. My main focus is store employees as well as gas bar employees - customer service, attendants, automotive technicians, etc. If anyone has information, can you please share?

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Member since 12/18/2006
Re: Alberta Labour Crisis
01/03/2007 / 11:09 pm    #2

This is a recent article I hope it helps, my company teaches companies in the similar predicament how to tap into the hidden job market finding passive candidate , hundreds of time saving recruiting tip including Internet recruiting systems,. here is the article

Alberta’s Growth Needs ‘Right People’
More than 86,000 Extra Workers Needed in Next Decade, Says Province
Mario Toneguzzi ~
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
While the Alberta economic picture is a rosy one, there are concerns about the unprecedented pace of growth and whether that pace is sustainable. Those concerns are primarily on the labour front, as both government and industry representatives try to grapple with a critical shortage of workers in various occupations.
During the summer, the Alberta government released its long-term labour force development strategy, which outlines a number of ways government and organizations can work together to meet skill and labour shortages and ensure the province remains globally competitive.
Building and Educating Tomorrow’s Workforce: Alberta’s 10-year Strategy is based on extensive consultation, which resulted in 17 priority actions to inform, attract, develop and retain people in the workforce. The government will also work with partners to develop substrategies this year for specific labour force areas and sectors: aboriginal, construction, energy, health care, manufacturing, retail trade, tourism and hospitality.
“Without the right people in the right training in the right jobs, Alberta is not going to be able to manage its economic growth,” said Alberta Human Resources and Employment Minister Mike Cardinal in announcing the labour strategy.
“Clearly, with more than 86,000 additional Alberta workers needed over the next 10 years, we must take steps now to ensure that we have a common plan -- with our partners -- for building Alberta’s workforce. This strategy is about the leadership that is needed to make sure we are all moving in the same direction.” The government says labour shortages in the province are felt across many sectors. It says if nothing is done to address this now, by 2015 the shortages will be more pronounced.
“Among Canadian provinces, Alberta is in a league of its own,” says Marie-Christine Bernard, associate director for Provincial Outlook with the Conference Board of Canada. “With oil prices expected to remain high over the next five years, Alberta’s boom is not just a temporary phenomenon. It is a more permanent structural change, which is acting as a magnet for workers from other provinces.” The conference board says “persistent elevated crude oil prices” and “intense development” of the oilsands in northern Alberta will continue to “bolster” economic growth in Alberta over the foreseeable future, with “abundant employment opportunities luring Canadians and international migrants to the province.”
 Oilsands are sands containing bitumen, a petroleum product that has the consistency of molasses.
 There are an estimated 1.7-2.5 trillion barrels of bitumen in place in the Alberta oilsands, more oil than the known reserves of the Middle East.
 Alberta’s oilsands deposits contain resources that could supply Canada’s energy needs for more than 475 years, or total world need for up to 15 years.
 One-third of all oil produced in Canada is from oilsands.
 Alberta’s three major oilsands areas are: Athabasca, Cold Lake and Peace River. Together, they encompass nearly 80,000 square kilometres, which is about the size of New Brunswick.
 Depending on where the deposits are located, the bitumen can either be mined in areas where it is close to the surface, or extracted through a process call in-situ.
Source: Oil Sands Discovery Centre, Fort McMurray
Alberta’s Occupational Demand and Supply Outlook 2005-2015 indicates some of the fastestgrowing occupational shortages with projected shortage numbers by 2015:
 Cashiers (5,432)
 Machinery and transportation equipment mechanics (3,917)
 Electrical trades and telecommunications occupations (3,595)
 Carpenters and cabinetmakers (3,077)
 Finance and insurance administrative occupations (2,007)
 Plumbers, pipefitters and gas fitters (1,679)
 Physicians, dentists and veterinarians (978)
 Technical occupations in dental health care (760)
 Civil, mechanical, electrical and chemical engineers (746)
 Pharmacists, dietitians and nutritionists (553)
 Technical occupations in physical sciences (542)
 Technical occupations in libraries, archives, museums and art galleries (493)
 Managers in public administration (342)

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