CEDEC leads discussion on rural and remote workforce challenges and opportunities
John Buck, President and CEO of CEDEC, led a panel discussion at a two-day Federal–Provincial–Territorial (FPT) meeting in Rocky Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Organized and Co-chaired by the Honourable Gudie Hutchings, federal Minister of Rural Economic Development, the meeting provided federal, provincial, and territorial ministers, Indigenous leaders, and rural economic development experts to engage in a series of wide-ranging discussions about improving rural economic development policy and programming.
In his opening remarks, Mr. Buck identified some of the major challenges to be faced and opportunities to be leveraged to address rural and remote workforce development, notably (a) an aging rural workforce, (b) out-migration, (c) shifting skills requirements, (d) transportation, (e) available and affordable housing, and (f) defining and measuring skills.
A highlight of the FPT meeting was Minister Hutchings’ launch of the redesigned website canada.ca/rural which will “guide rural Canadians to the programs, services and resources most relevant to them.”