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Nova Scotia amid labor shortage in experienced trades, experts say

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Key takeaways: 

  • ‘The pandemic expedited the number of people who chose to leave the workforce.’
  • The construction sector in Nova Scotia is feeling the reduction particularly hard, somewhat due to the government order to provide more housing.

Nova Scotia has a shortage of tradespeople, and some in the sector say impending projects could suffer due to the labor shortage.

Estimates show the region will need approximately 11,000 recently certified tradespeople in the coming years up till 2030, said Marjorie Davison, the CEO of the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency,

Davison said in a recent interview that the construction sector is feeling the squeeze quite hard. That is partly due to the government mandate to offer more affordable housing in the region as the population rises.

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Nova Scotia has a shortage of tradespeople, and some in the sector say impending projects could suffer due to the labor shortage

“There is that economic growth that’s been happening post-pandemic and the lifting of the limitations,” she said.

“There’s also the government buy-in capital infrastructure for health care and institutions across the region. The government and (its) importance are helping to drive the need for construction.”

The region said it tagged 37 sites within the regional land inventory that could be used to build housing, including cheap accommodation, for Nova Scotians.

Source – cbc.ca

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