The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada praised a memorandum of understand between New Brunswick and B.C., calling it the best way to ease labour shortages. Workers will be able to work towards their Red Seal in either province.
"PCA congratulates Premiers Christy Clark and David Alward for taking an important leadership role in promoting labour mobility across Canada," said PCA President, Paul de Jong in a release.
"This announcement brings good news for workers and job seekers in British Columbia and New Brunswick by removing significant barriers for apprentices in Canada's skilled trades. They will have access to job opportunities across both provinces that will help them develop the skills training they need to achieve their Red Seal certification and succeed in the trades."
De Jong said PCA believes that increasing labour mobility within Canada is the best way to address immediate labour shortages across the country while at the same time tackling unemployment and underemployment in certain regions of the country.
He added that the MOU is an important step in addressing regional labour needs and strengthening Canada's work force through apprenticeship opportunities.
"PCA hopes this agreement will contribute to the development of harmonized apprenticeship regulations among the provincial and territorial governments," he said.
PCA represents unionized employers in Canada's construction industry. PCA member companies employ more than 25,000 skilled construction workers across Canada, represented primarily by CLAC.