Canadian Skills Training & Employment Coalition

Enabling innovative, multi-stakeholder solutions to training related challenges within the broader manufacturing, mining and forestry sectors.  More about us


The future of Canadian manufacturing growth will be impacted by a shortage of skilled workers. A recent study of manufacturers across the country by Canadian Skills Training & Employment Coalition (CSTEC) and Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) found significant growth challenges related to skills shortages, training and succession planning.

The report, released today contains two years of collected data, shows that while 61 per cent of manufacturers surveyed are optimistic about growth in demand for their goods over the next 3 years, 83 per cent of manufacturers experienced challenges hiring the skilled workers that they need. Worse, the shortage is expected to hasten over the next 10 years as manufacturers will have to replace more than 20 per cent of their workforce due to retirement.