Desperately seeking construction workers in B.C.

Preparation for 2010 Olympic Games only the start of province’s labour woes
||Last Updated: 02/16/2006

Concerns about labour shortages and exploding construction costs have the organizers of Vancouver's Olympic Winter Games turning to other countries for skilled labour.

To ensure they have enough workers to complete the Olympic sites before the Games in 2010, contractors have conducted job fairs in England, France, Belgium and other parts of Europe looking for construction workers.

However, the skilled labour shortage will last longer than the Games themselves. The British Columbia Construction Association says that by 2013 the industry will need 50 per cent more workers than it had in 2004 — about 60,000 people.