Labour Market Information Study

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About the Study

A major study is underway in rural coastal regions across Canada. The Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters (CCPFH) has embarked on a two and a half year study. It will document skill needs and labour supply challenges in coastal communities where seasonal fisheries are essential to the local economy. 

The study will explore opportunities for the fishery workforce to use their current skills in other occupations during the non-fishing season and evaluate this as a strategy to address labour market supply and demand issues in the industry and in the wider economy. Opportunities for out-of-season employment for the fishing industry will be examined within fishing communities, in other marine sectors and in non-marine sectors throughout Canada. 

The project has four main objectives:
  1. To document labour supply and demand trends in the fish harvesting sector and the complex nature of seasonality in different regions and different parts of the industry.
  2. To document fisheries workers’ skills and evaluate their suitability and adaptability for employment in other industries. 
  3. To assess labour supply and demand conditions in the fisheries sector and other industries -- locally, regionally and nationally.
  4. To develop a strategy and policy and program tools to expand access to employment for the fish industry workforce in the non-fishing seasons as a means to support recruitment and retention of a skilled workforce for the fisheries sector. 
The final project report will present research findings, recommendations, a skills allocation model and case studies for the all the major fishing regions of Canada and for Aboriginal communities across the country.