Worker shortage on mining’s horizon

Study predicts nearly 40 per cent of the mining workforce will retire in the next decade
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/12/2005

Canada’s mining industry is facing an astounding worker shortage over the next 10 years, a study shows.

Mining will need up to 81,000 new workers to meet the needs of an industry that’s been growing at twice the rate of the Canadian economy since 2002. The study predicts nearly 40 per cent of the mining workforce will retire in the next decade.

“Eighty-thousand — that is a big number. It represents 100 per cent of today’s workforce,” said Paul Hebert, the executive director of the Mining Industry Training and Adjustment Council, the organization that conducted the study.