Canadian forest industry steps up its recruitment efforts

EDMONTON РDemand and prices may be booming, but a projected labour crunch is forcing Canada’s forestry industry to ramp up its recruiting game.

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) predicts that it will need to hire at least 60,000 workers by 2020 to replace 40,000 lost to retirement and another 20,000 needed to grow the industry. And the Conference Board of Canada says the 160,000-strong forestry workforce is older than average, because of downsizing in the last decade.

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