Shortage of Skilled Welders in Canada: What is the Future of Welding?

March 25, 2020


welding has come a long way in Canada. Today, the country has more skilled
welders than a few years ago. However, the number of welders is still not
enough, seeing as industries have expanded exponentially, taking in thousands
of welders and thirsting for many more. The Canadian Welding Association (CWA), a
division of the Canadian Welding Bureau, observes that the country needs more
skilled welders.

Colleges have a
role to play in ensuring the country has enough skilled welding professionals,
fabricators, and even manufacturers. The government also has a role to play in
ensuring the state has enough experienced fabricators. Read on to learn more.

What Causes a Shortage of Skilled Labor in Canada?

Canada is rich
in natural resources, the infrastructure in all provinces is excellent, the
government is stable, and it is well-positioned to grow economically. Over the
past decade, the country has witnessed exponential growth with investors and
provincial governments pouring in billions of dollars in manufacturing, mining,
and other projects. In the future, huge investments will continue, and this
will see the country develop even more economically. Due to the fast growth of
industries, the demand for skilled labor has gone significantly higher.

One of the
reasons why the number of skilled welders has gone down is the elimination of
trade education in the early 1990s. At the time, computers and technology were
just starting to gain traction, and the government felt that computers were the
future. However, there is still a high demand for skilled labor and easy to use
welding equipment.

It is expensive
to run a skilled-trades program in school. Most colleges would instead run arts
and computer programs than trade programs. However, there is a renewed focus on
skilled trades at the high school and college levels.

How has the Shortage Affected the Welding Industry in

The Shortage of
skilled welders in the country does not only affect the welding industry but
also the fabricating and manufacturing industry. Manufacturers employ welding
professionals, and so do fabricators. When there is a high demand for skilled
labor, the market drives up costs. There are delays in manufacturing and
fabrication, which in turn cause delays in industrial development and the creation
of jobs. The increased pressure makes it challenging for Canada to compete

The Canadian
steel fabrication industry is facing stiff competition from international
companies. When labor shortage comes in, the game gets even stiffer.

The Shortage is
an indication that the education system needs a change. Most students are
graduating into a world where their skills are seldom needed while those
graduating from trades programs graduate to many opportunities.

The Canadian Welding Association is helping students across the country realize opportunities. They provide welding education promotional content and marketing materials at events across Canada.

How Can The Canadian Welding Board Help Ease the Shortage?

CWB and CWA are
always promoting welding professions to students. They create videos and
promotional materials that show students why they should choose a profession in
welding. They also reach out to parents to educate them on the opportunities
that their children will enjoy if they take welding as a career.

They also engage
provincial governments, trade unions, high schools, and colleges about the Shortage
of skilled welders. To make the masses embrace trades programs, even more, the
CWA also sponsors an annual Welding Education Conference to educate the
instructors on the latest technologies and advancements in the industry.

Can Canada Hire Skilled Immigrants?

certifies welders in Canada and other parts of the world. The association
reports that there has been an increase in the number of welders certified
around the world. Most of these welders are ready with their certificates when
they come to Canada, making it easier for them to be hired. The government has
also made it easier for immigrants to come to work in Canada. The Shortage can
be addressed with ease if skilled immigrants come into work in the
manufacturing and fabrication industries.

The only
challenge with skilled immigrants is their level of skill and education. The
quality and level of trade education vary around the world. Besides ensuring
the welders get all the safety
during the process, education is supposed to make welders creators.

By advertising
the welding opportunities in Canada to the world, the industry can attract more
skilled immigrants. At the International Institute of Welding conferences,
Canada has stood as one of the countries with the best welding certification

Can the Canadian Government Help Curb the Shortage?

High schools
find it expensive to fund trades programs. If the government were to come in
and offer enough funding for the programs, it would make it easier for schools
to provide these programs. Some schools offer these programs, but they do so
with outdated equipment. The government can buy new equipment and then offer
incentives to welding students, for instance, through financial support.


manufacturing industry in Canada is growing faster than the country can produce
skilled labor. If something is not done, the exponential growth in the
fabrication and manufacturing industry will slow down. This will affect many
other industries, see a decrease in the number of new jobs, affect the
country’s GDP, and make the country less competitive. Prefabricated and
convenience houses are gaining popularity, and this calls for more skilled

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