I haven't been around a whole lot lately, and there might be another
Thread on this already...but if there is, I haven't found it. If someone
can point one out, I'll gladly merge the two Threads.
This isn't exactly new news either at this point, unless you haven't
heard of this yet.
Halifax, Vancouver win $33-billion in shipbuilding sweepstakes
Halifax, Vancouver win $33-billion in shipbuilding sweepstakes - The Globe and Mail
From the LINK above:
Ottawa has awarded three decades of government shipbuilding work to
just two yards – one in Halifax and one in Vancouver– an effort to end
the industry’s boom-and-bust cycle and create centres of expertise
that offer uninterrupted employment for a generation.
The decision leaves Quebec’s Davie Shipyards in the cold, though, as
Atlantic Canadians and British Columbians prepare to embark on the
greatest round of public shipbuilding since the Second World War.
Irving Shipbuilding’s Halifax Yard wins the right to build $25-billion of
combat vessels, including frigates, destroyers and patrol ships, while
Seaspan Marine’s Vancouver Yard has secured dibs on $8-billion of
non-combat vessels, including the polar-class Diefenbaker icebreaker.
Here's how I see this affecting Western Canada.
We need way more bodies in Saskatchewan. There is no excuse
what so ever for unemployment in this province. Saskatchewan
currently has the lowest rate in Canada, but it could be almost
zero and still we'd need import bodies from elsewhere....& it's
going to get worse.
Soon (like January-Febuary)
there will be a huge exoduce from Saskatchewan
and Alberta of people from the Maritimes, creating a larger vacuum where
even more people will be needed to work out here.
In 2014, Canada willl be building Military ships, but the infrastructure for that
will start in a few months (docks, shipyards, etc...needing carpenters and
ironworkers and electricians and so on and so forth). 7 Billion is going to
Vancouver for this, & (I believe) 25 Billion will hit the East Coast. Fort Mac in
Alberta will empty out of Maritimes Trades people, etc...as they know work
will be available closer to their homes. The same with the Upgrader here in
Regina, and others in Western Canada.
Those from the Davies Shipyards
in Quebec....there will be work out here, &
the folks from the Maritimes have shown that it can be done (for the right $$$)
in an extended commute idea. Same with anyone else in Canada with skills.
I've heard a rumor that a pile of South Africans are being trained right now in
an effort to replace the Maritimes folks expected to bug out'a Fort Mac, but I'm
wondering how many will last through the winter up there.
Is this old hat to everyone else here on the Forum? I'm just surprized I haven't
stumbled across a Thread about this here already.