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To address provincial labour market challenges in the unionized construction industry in BC, a comprehensive study was conducted with the principal goal of developing a thorough human resource strategy in response to such a challenge.

At the initial stage, a Project Governance Committee comprised of representatives from CLR, BC Building Trades, BC Infrastructure Benefits, unions, employers, post-secondary institutions, the Industry Training Authority (now SkilledTradesBC), and the Province of British Columbia (ex officio) was formed.

A two-phased approach was followed to develop the human resource strategy. In Phase 1, the Project Governance Committee engaged MNP to undertake a labour market study to identify current and emerging workforce development challenges and opportunities in the unionized construction industry in BC. In Phase 2, the Governance Committee engaged StoneCoast Group, in association with MNP, to build on the findings from Phase 1 and identify strategies to support the unionized construction industry in addressing the labour market challenges.

The official version of the report is available on the CLR website: BUILDING RESILIENCE: A Made in BC Human Resources Strategy for the Unionized Construction Industry, and we strongly encourage our members to familiarize themselves with this impactful document.

Following the release of the strategy, CLR hosted an episode of our speaker series dedicated to exploring the findings of the labour market study as well as further action steps to be taken. We invite you to review the recording of the session that is available following the link.

CLR is now working to identify which strategies we can address in the short term and with whom we need to collaborate. We will communicate more about this in future newsletters.