Labour shortage stunts manufacturing growth

By Laura Cassiani
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/29/2001

Labour-intensive manufacturing industries, from automotive parts to construction, will be forced to look overseas for employees in order to drive their expansion projections.

Like the IT industry, traditionally low-tech industries will have to look outside the shrinking domestic pool to fill that gap. But that default means satisfying a long-term need with a short-term fix, says Charles Brimley, executive director of the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists.

“It doesn’t solve the basic problem. It just shifts where the shortage is,” says Brimley.