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Mining industry facing labour crunch

The Canadian mining sector may be in the midst of a downturn, but a new report suggests the industry is facing labour crunch.

The Mining Industry Human Resources Council says that for every job vacancy in mining, there are fewer than three potential job seekers in Canada.

For all other industries the number of potential job seekers is six.

Senior Director Barbara Kirby says the mining industry will have to make better use of labour supply and create more diversity in the workplace if it’s to stay competitive once the market recovers.

Kirby says Aboriginal people represent the largest untapped opportunity for the mining industry.

The report indicates that the Canadian mining industry will need to hire between 86,000 and 127,000 new workers over the next ten years depending on the economic outlook and industry performance.

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