This is what is revealed in the report distributed this morning by the sectoral workforce committee of the mining industry (CSMO Mines) as part of Québec Mines 2017.
This predictive study is a revised and up-to-date version of previous estimates on the same theme, the first of which was published in 2010. The financing and direction of the work is provided by the steering committee composed of the CSMO Mines, the National Institute of Mines (INMQ) and the three regional directorates of Services Québec of the Abitibi-Témiscamingue regions, Côte-Nord and Nord-du-Québec. In addition to this committee, the Labor Market Partners Commission (LMC) and the Labor-Market Analysis and Information Branch of Emploi-Québec. This committee entrusted the work of the study to the Jamesian Joint Consultative Table (TJCM).
The mining labor requirements of Abitibi-Témiscamingue for the 2017-2021 period will be 1012 workers, ie 15% of the total for Quebec. The mining sector of Côte-Nord will have to fill 1921 positions, ie 29% of the total. Half of the mining jobs to be filled in Quebec by 2021, 3331, will be located in the Nord-du-Québec region. This trend is partly explained by a high turnover rate for the mining sector in this region. For the rest of Quebec, mining labor requirements will be 384 workers by 2021, representing 6% of Quebec's total requirements for the 2017-2021 period.
During the 2017-2021 period, 82,3% of the total labor requirements of the mining sector will be related to turnover (retirements and extra-sectoral migrations or outside Québec), which represents 5471 positions to be filled, while for the 2017-2027 period, 12 545 positions to be filled will be linked to overall turnover, ie 80,6% of total requirements.
The most demanded occupation for the 2017-2021 period will be that of the specialized heavy equipment operator (excavator and truck) with 725 vacancies on 5 years, ie 10,9% of total labor requirements for this same period. Jobs requiring a Vocational Diploma represent 66% of the positions to be filled for the next five years while those requiring a college education represent 13% of the needs for the same period. Then, jobs requiring a university degree represent 7% of the labor requirements for 2017-2021.