The global prediction is that there will be a skills shortage in mining. Soon, mining talent will become difficult to come by as a majority of skilled workers are earmarked for retirement. Attracting global mining talent to Canada is going to become difficult. Part of the challenge is also going to be exacerbated by a requirement to retain workers in Canada that may be attracted to other regions of the world. Therefore, Canada can attract and develop talent by:
- Streamlining the immigration of HQP with mining expertise e.g.: longer student visas.
- Support mining-based communities to provide much greater support to the families of newly-arrived employees.
- Provide the necessary level of support to improve the internet connectivity in smaller and more remote mining-based communities
- Support the expansion of mining innovation centre’s to attract world leading experts.
- Demonstrating that Canada invests sizeable funds in mining innovation as this opens the door to academics, businesses and innovators to pursue setting up a home base in Canada.