It’s refreshing to see the labour movement embrace economic development and the prosperous opportunities a new Liquefied Natural Gas industry offers.
This report recognizes that the labour movement is prepared to join with B.C. business community and open shop construction industry to ensure we have the skills necessary to build a brand new industry in B.C. We welcome their contributions and participation.
The Open Shop construction industry is inclusive and has built the majority of projects in B.C. We will work with all groups to meet to our skills training needs.
With the expected 100,000 jobs this new industry will need, there will be more jobs than we have skilled labourers. It will take a concerted effort by the entire construction industry to ensure we have enough workers.
We will need to put more than British Columbians to work. We will need Canadians from every province. If we run out of skilled Canadians to do the job then let’s bring in Temporary Foreign Workers. They can train and mentor our apprentices. In essence they can train themselves out of those jobs. It will help solve the problem short term and for the future.
It takes a village to build a brand new Liquefied Natural Gas industry in B.C. We all have a role to play.