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Irish workers help fill Canada’s construction labour gap

A growing number of Irish workers in Vancouver are going into the construction industry to beef up missing company muscle, prompting local employers to rethink international recruitment strategies and the future of employment in the sector.

A total of 5,885 immigrants from Ireland were living in B.C. as of 2016 – 3,835 of them in the Metro Vancouver area, said Lori Cascaden, communications manager at the Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology.

Cascaden credits steady Irish immigration rates to consistent employment demand in trades and the appeal of Canada as a livable country.