Actions to Accelerate Skilled Trades Growth

RELEASE // Halifax, NS —  Today, October 19, the Province announced actions to accelerate skilled trades growth.

“The actions announced by Premier Tim Houston today, October 19, will add up to 5,000 more new apprentices to the system in the next three years, increase the number of journeypersons and trades qualifiers by 1,000 a year and increase the retention rate of apprentices from 43 per cent to 60 per cent – one of the highest in the country – within five years. It builds on the innovative work that has already been happening with the More Opportunity for Skilled Trades (MOST) program and apprenticeship program, including previous changes to the apprenticeship ratios.”

READ MORE: Read the full release from the Province here.

Statement from CANS —

“With our current population growth, housing of all forms is needed. To do that, we need to be creative and find new ways of attracting and retaining our workforce. CANS is pleased to see the Province take action to reduce the skilled trades shortage in Nova Scotia.”
– Duncan Williams, President and CEO, Construction Association of Nova Scotia
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