Canada Invests in Labor Mobility to Boost Skilled Trades

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Government of Canada invests in Labor Mobility to Boost Skilled Trades

The Government of Canada is making targeted investments to create good jobs, grow our economy and build towards a net-zero emissions future.

The Government of Canada’s support for workers in the skilled trades and construction industries, including new measures and funding under Budget 2022, creating sustainable jobs, and how the Government will move towards a low-carbon economy. The event brought together provincial leaders, industry leaders from the construction and energy sectors, and business managers to discuss the industry challenges and opportunities.

The government is working to improve labor availability by supporting tradespeople to take up jobs across Canada. The new Labor Mobility Deduction will provide tax recognition on up to $4,000 per year in eligible travel and temporary relocation expenses to eligible trades persons and apprentices.

The Government has also committed to increasing funding for the Union Training and Innovation Program (UTIP). Government announced to provide over $7 million in funding for 29 projects under stream 1 of the UTIP. These projects will help unions across Canada improve the quality of training through investments in equipment and materials leading to a more skilled, inclusive, certified, and productive trades workforce.

In Budget 2022 investments to help apprentices from underrepresented groups – including women, newcomers, persons with disabilities, Indigenous people, and racialized Canadians – begin and succeed in careers in the skilled trades through mentorship, career services, and job-matching.

To support skilled trades workers and the wide range of supports available to build successful and fulfilling career in the trades, the Government launched an advertising campaign earlier this year to promote the skilled trades as first- choice careers for young people and diverse populations.

Please visit website Canada.ca/skilled-trades. This website will provide you with information about what the skilled trades are, how to become a trades person, and what financial supports are available during training.

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada is investing nearly $1 billion annually in apprenticeship supports through grants, loans, tax credits, Employment Insurance benefits during in-school training, project funding, and support for the Red Seal Program.
  • According to the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, to meet the demand for skilled journey persons in Red Seal trades, an average of around 75,000 new apprentices will need to be hired per year in the next five years. Top trades most at risk of not meeting the demand include welder, industrial mechanic, millwright, bricklayer, boilermaker, cook and hairstylist.
  • The construction industry needs to recruit 309,000 new workers over the next decade, the fact is 22% of the current labor force is retiring between 2021 to 2030, near 259,100 workers.
  • In Canada only 2% of young women – 15 – year-old female students indicated that they were planning to pursue a career in the skilled trades.

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