The Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) is facing a labor and skill shortage, preventing the forest industry from realizing its full economic potential.
As of March, there were at least 650 vacant positions waiting to be filled within the industry in Ontario, with many industries across Canada seeing a large portion of their workforce retire without the ability to replace them.
The OFIA and Forests Ontario are actively pursuing strategies to recruit and develop manpower, including reaching out to colleges and universities that offer forestry curriculum and attracting foreign workers.
The forest industry aligns with the interests of young people whose families have worked in the forest industry and young Indigenous people who see the career align with their values.
With a variety of positions open in the industry, including woodlands, mills, and hauling operations, the challenge now is to find suitable candidates to fill these roles.
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