B.C. provides over $480,000 for industrial marine sector’s labour-market study

ship repairThe Province is providing $480,600 as part of a Sector Labour Market Partnership project with the Association of BC Marine Industries (ABCMI) to conduct an assessment of the labour force in B.C.’s industrial marine sector.

The ABCMI, as the contract holder, has been working with a diverse cross section of industry partners since November 2016 that includes Seaspan, the Chamber of Shipping BC, the BC Alliance of Manufacturing, ASL Environmental Sciences Inc. and BCIT in an effort to identify labour-market trends and develop an inventory of current talent and existing training programs available within the industrial marine sector.

The project includes engagement with six subsectors—shipbuilding, refit and repair, marine products, small craft marine, ocean science & technology, marine industrial services and marine professional services—to compile detailed information on employment training, attraction and retention for this broad sector.

With an estimated $10 billion in new investment and thousands of new jobs expected by 2020, shipbuilding, ship repair and industrial marine sector growth is a key part of the BC Jobs Plan.

The outcome of this project will provide recommendations on how to meet the challenges of industrial marine sector’s labour force.


Greg Kyllo, Parliamentary Secretary for the BC Jobs Plan to the Minister of Jobs, Tourism, and Skills Training –

“Advanced manufacturing and its subsectors are essential to the BC Jobs Plan as a source of innovation, competitiveness and acts as an incubator for new products. That’s why the Province is investing in Sector Labour Market Partnerships like the one between the industrial marine sector and ABCMI, to ensure that B.C. manufacturers are able to develop, grow and compete in global supply chains.”

Mark Collins, president, ABCMI –

“The industrial marine sector is fast becoming a significant contributor to the Province’s economy. ABCMI is pleased to undertake this work which will update labour-market information for B.C.’s industrial marine sector. The extensive data collected will be a cornerstone in the development of progressive polices that will further enhance the productivity and sustainability of marine industries in British Columbia.”


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