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According to Service Canada's employment outlook, Nova Scotia will have more than 7,000 job opportunities in trades and transportation over the next two years.


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Thousands of skilled workers recently applied to work in Halifax thanks to a tour of international job fairs that was far more successful than expected.

Halifax Partnership, the city's public-private economic development organization, participated in job fairs in November and December alongside the provincial and federal governments. Events took place in London, Paris, Toronto and Rabat, Morocco.

Wendy Luther, CEO of the Halifax Partnership, initially thought 1,000 applications for 35 job openings was an ambitious goal. Then 4,000 applications were received.

Receiving four times what we hoped for is very motivating, admits Wendy Luther.

The effort was part of a pilot project funded by the municipality, which invested $200,000 for the Halifax Partnership to focus on recruiting tradespeople to work in Halifax.

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Most of the jobs offered were in construction. Of this pool of 4,000 people, about a third of applications come from tradespeople, while the remainder come from workers in the information technology, manufacturing, business and finance sectors.

They are currently reviewing the application pile and will try to connect as many people as possible with local jobs. Halifax Partnership hopes to eventually see 1,000 people immigrate to Halifax from the people who applied.

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Wendy Luther, president and CEO of the Halifax Partnership, said recruiters were surprised by the number of applications they received from workers outside of Nova Scotia.

Part of the project required the Halifax Partnership to help employers find housing options for workers when they arrive, given the current housing crisis. Wendy Luther says the organization is working with local construction companies to consider installing modular housing on or near job sites.

These people can live very close to where they work until they put these buildings into use, she explains.

In his opinion, having job offers in hand and having its own immigration consultant and international recruiter helped Halifax stand out at these job fairs.

As Halifax continues to grow rapidly, Wendy Luther says it's clear that many more tradespeople will be needed to construct the buildings and infrastructure needed for this growth.

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We're not going to solve our problems by closing our doors, says Wendy Luther

We're going to solve our challenges by bringing in more people who can build the homes we need, that can open the businesses that keep our cities attractive and vibrant, that keep our young people here.

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Halifax Mayor Mike Savage.

Halifax Mayor Mike Savage said he was pleased to see a very high level of interest in the recruitment program.

He believes that immigration is important, but he also reiterated his call for a new tax framework. He says municipalities should receive a share of provincial and federal taxes to pay for the rising costs of infrastructure and services. It's not fair that the order of government, which finances 60 percent of infrastructure, collects less than 10% of taxes, says the mayor

Meanwhile, the province has set a growth target of two million people by 2060.

With information fromHailey RyanofCBC

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