Tuesday, July 12, 2016

NEWS RELEASE: New labour market information charts cross-provincial worker supply gap in transportation sector in next decade

VANCOUVER – In the next 10 years, more than 177,375 jobs will need to be filled in four transportation sectors across the four Western Canadian provinces, according to findings released today from the Asia Pacific Gateway Corridor Labour Market Information Project, an initiative of the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table (the Skills Table).

The project examined future labour supply needs in 34 occupations in the Air, Logistics, Rail and Trucking sectors within the Asia Pacific Gateway Corridor consisting of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

“As trade activity between North America and Asia will continue to drive the economy in the Asia Pacific Gateway Corridor and Canada it was essential that a project of this scope and broad regional labour market analysis was conducted,” said Krista Bax, Executive Director, Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table “The Corridor Labour Market Information Project is the first of its kind and unique to Canada’s transportation sector.”

The data indicates that employers in these four provinces will face hiring challenges as early as 2017, largely because many experienced workers are retiring and others are moving to other provinces. The project provides a Hiring Difficulty Index, which summarizes hiring conditions and the level of difficulty employers will experience to find workers to fill the forecasted job openings. The index uses aggregate metrics to summarize labour market tightness, immigration, mobility, worker experience and labour supply and pinpoints the years ahead when each province will struggle the most to find labour.

Read the full release here

Visit to access project findings here

For media enquiries, please contact:

Krista Bax, Executive Director, APGST
604-684-1471 x105

Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table wishes to acknowledge the funding support from the Sector Council Program, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative led by Transport Canada.