Is our labour shortage just a fact shortage?
Recent report aims to debunk labour shortage 'fallacy'
by Alberta Venture Staff
Is there a labour shortage in Alberta or in Canada? On the surface the answer appears to be a resounding yes.
But as University of Calgary professor Kevin McQuillan argues in his recent report, ‘All the workers we need: Debunking Canada’s labour-shortage fallacy,’ dig deeper and you’ll find that the country’s (and Alberta’s) labour pains are about more than just a lack of bodies.
McQuillan argues that there are enough workers to staff the jobs that aren’t filled at the moment. The issue, he says, is balance– Canada’s workers are simply unevenly distributed. Unemployment in Newfoundland & Labrador, for instance, stands at more than 12 per cent, while provinces like Alberta and Saskatchewan have low unemployment and are feeling a labour pinch.
The same balance issues exist between economic sectors, too, he argues, with education experiencing few labour issues, while health care and technical fields struggle to find workers.