OTTAWA — The December newsletter of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada reports that the MCAC is currently preparing a policy document to promote the need for government stimulus investment.
The plan was linked to a recent report of low new apprenticeship registration statistics.
Statistics Canada reported in December that preliminary results for 2020 suggest that new registrations (minus 43 per cent) and certifications (minus 48.7 per cent) in the trades saw large drops from February to September 2020 compared with the same period in 2019.
Year over year, April saw the biggest decreases in the number of new registrations (down 71.2 per cent). Compared with 2019, certifications reached their lowest point in June (down 76.4 per cent). August and September showed some signs of recovery as restrictions began to ease, but the numbers remained well below 2019 levels.
“MCA Canada has emphasized that the industry can attract more workers (while also training and upskilling current workers) if there is sustainable and predictable work available,” states the newsletter. “As the federal government has sought to address its climate change objectives and rebuild a post-pandemic economy, MCA Canada has maintained the position that investment in the built environment can help create jobs while also addressing energy efficiency targets and climate change objectives.”
The association is currently discussing the issues with allied stakeholders, “and is aiming to present a policy document in early 2021 to further support this position.”