The federal government is developing a website to connect employers and jobseekers in an effort to deal with the looming skills shortage.
The website, Working in Canada, will provide information on who is hiring and what skills are needed, said the government.
“Better information will help Canadians find jobs and make the right learning and career choices,” said Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Diane Finley. “Canadians need colleges and universities, business, labour and governments to all work together to ensure that our workforce develops a broad and diverse set of skills to be highly productive and to allow them to adapt to new technologies, innovations and new challenges.”
Right now, there are significant shortages in many key industries including health care, IT and skilled trades, and the economic recovery is threatened by a lack of information among employers and workers for the skills needed in the workforce, said the government.
Having the right people in the right job is critical to the competitiveness and survival of many businesses, said Perrin Beatty, president and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
“Canada has a skills shortage problem well on its way to becoming a crisis. We don’t want to face a future where employers can’t fill positions because there aren’t enough qualified workers,” he said.
There has not yet been a launch date set for the website.
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