In October 2011, the federal government announced the results of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS), identifying Seaspan Marine Corporation of British Columbia as one of two successful proponents on the federal government’s $33 billion program to construct combat and non-combat vessels for the federal government (vice Coast Guard) over the next 20 years. Seaspan was awarded the rights to construct non-combat vessels over 1,000 tonnes for the federal government, an agreement that could eventually see $8 billion in shipbuilding contracts.
Early estimates suggested that the NSPS program would inject billions into the provincial economy and create an average of 4,000 direct and indirect jobs for the province. This Workforce Strategy has been developed by the BC Shipbuilding & Repair Industry Workforce Table (the “Table”) as part of its mandate to prepare a coordinated workforce strategy that will inform private and public investments in future labour market development initiatives.
The Strategy builds on research and consultations conducted by the Table in 2012 and is intended to be used as an action document with industry proponents and stakeholders, including public and commercial employers, businesses that supply services and equipment to the industry, federal and provincial government agencies, private and public training institutions, labour partners, and community partners.