The Northwest Territories and Nunavut Construction Association of Canada is ready to debut its new "reverse job board" aimed at aiding northerners find local construction work, bolstering the fragmented communities.
Matt Belliveau, the association's executive director, said:
"Both employers and government staff in the NWT and Nunavut have told us that when construction projects take place in small communities, they have a hard time knowing if there are apprentices or others who are in the area and looking for work.
We’re hoping that this resource will make it easier for people in small communities to connect with employers and increase the economic benefits of construction projects in these communities.”
Northerners' concerns about local jobs being awarded to southerners are well-documented. During the building of Hay River's replacement Pine Point Bridge, residents asked their MLA to look into how many locals were involved in the $12.8-million project.
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