Following the investment of tens of billions of dollars in infrastructure and commercial development in Western Canada, there is an acute shortage of skilled trades people including construction supervisors, foremen and site superintendents. According to the article in today's National Post, workers in all sectors are in such short supply that many organizations and companies are willing to train people with engineering backgrounds to work in the industry.
In a related article, from the Financial Post, it's reported that the expectation of so many Baby Boomers retiring there is a shortage of skilled trades people across Canada. The construction industry will need 250,000 new, trained workers and 16,000 supervisors within the next eight years. the growing solar energy industry which employs as many as 50,000 people in Germany, is just starting to grow in Canada and will need a similar number of trained workers.