Riverside County seeks workers for Canadian jobs

Skilled construction workers encouraged to attend job fairs

POSTED: 06:42 PM PST Nov 19, 2012    UPDATED: 05:58 PM PST Nov 19, 2012 
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PALM DESERT, Calif. -

Four years after the recession hit, the construction industry is still in bad shape.  At the same time there is hope for people in the industry if they don't mind a little cold weather.

In Canada, they are experiencing a building boom and a construction worker shortage.  Since economists predict it could take until 2018 for construction activity in Riverside County to return to pre-recesson levels, the county has teamed  up with the Canada California Business Council to recruit people to move to Canada to work in construction.

"Folks have gone up there, their wages have doubled and tripled and they're back on schedule," said Tom Freeman, Riverside County's foreign-trade commissioner.  "They're saving their homes, they're saving their cars and paying their credit card debts."

In hoping to attract a skilled construction force, Canada is making the immigration and work permit process as easy as possible.

Riverside County will be holding a series of construction-job fairs involving the 11 largest cities in Canada.  Representatives from the British Columbia Construction Association will be at the first job fair, set for Dec. 4 at the Workforce Development Center in Indio.  The job fair will run from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.  Applicants should bring a resume and any certified training records they may have.  For more information, go to the county website, www.rivcoeda.org.