Canada’s wood products sector is expected to add jobs for the first time in several years in 2011 as sawmills start up and increase production, the Conference Board of Canada said in a report released Wednesday.
Some 9,400 jobs are expected to be added, marking an 8.3 per cent increase from the low point in 2010. Employment is expected to reach 121,100.
Since 2006, the battered forest products industry has shed about 54,000 jobs. Employment levels are expected to increase to 152,400 in 2015.
Rising employment will increase labour costs by 7.9 per cent, said the report.
“At the same time, longer workweeks and improved hiring conditions are pushing up average weekly wages, especially since the industry may have to lure back workers who left for other industries over the past few years.”