Labour Market Prospects for the Métis in the Canadian Mining Industry
The objective of this report is to review the prospects for Métis employment in the mining industry brought upon by a looming wave of retirements; to determine potential barriers to Métis employment in the mining industry; and to identify actions and strategies that the Métis National Council (MNC) and Métis Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) agreement holders should adopt to take advantage of and overcome obstacles to employment opportunities in the mining industry. The Canadian mining industry accounted for somewhere between two and five per cent of nominal GDP in Canada – depending on which definition of the mining industry is used – in 2008. This industry, concentrated in rural and remote locations, represents an important potentialsource of employment for the comparatively large youthful and rural Métis population entering the labour market in the coming decades. The mining industry has unique locational dynamics and hiring practices, a highly productive and experienced but aging work force, and growth prospects that are heavily reliant on global demand. Skilled workers are needed to replace the mining industry’s soon-to-be-retired baby boomers and to replace other workers leaving the industry. The Métis have unique demographic characteristics, which could create competitive advantages for employment in the mining industry; however, they are at risk of being unable to take advantage of the upcoming job openings if they cannot meet the educational requirements for employment in that industry.
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- Andrew Sharpe & Simon Lapointe, 2011. "The Labour Market and Economic Performance of Canada’s First Nations Reserves: The Effect of Educational Attainment and Remoteness," CSLS Research Reports 2011-05, Centre for the Study of Living Standards.
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