The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and the federal government has launched a new online
tool – thegreenestworkforce.ca – that provides information on the
direction of the industry and career opportunities across Canada.
“The forest products sector is now a
future oriented business that is brimming with opportunity,” said
David Lindsay, president and CEO of FPAC in a Feb. 6 speech in
Montreal. “It is now hiring and offering solid careers for those
who care about their future, the environment and their quality of
FPAC has a set the goal of recruiting
60,000 workers by 2020 to meet the growing demand for millwrights,
electricians, engineers, sales staff, truck drivers, foresters,
chemists and others.
Federal Minister of Human Resources and
Skills Development Diane Finley said job creation remains a top
priority of the government in matching younger workers with the needs
of the employers.
"Through our partnership with the
forestry industry, we are helping young Canadians to receive the
skills and training needed to address skills shortages in the
forestry sector and prepare them for future careers.”
industry is also launching a competition to give eight promising
students a “Green Dream Internship” that includes a four month
paid summer placement with a forest products company, an iPad Mini
and a chance to win $5000. Contestants must submit a video explaining
why they would be perfect for the internship. Applicants receiving
the most votes for their video attempt will get on a short list for
interviews for the paid summer positions. The contest and voting
period ends March 31.