STAC seeking input on government funding opportunities

Several STAC members have expressed concern in recent months about the current and future state of the tower industry workforce. A number of companies are already having difficulty finding enough workers to keep pace with demand, and the problem is only expected to get worse in the coming years with the impending rollout of 5G networks across the country.

STAC has been asked to help address the issue, in part by looking for new ways to attract people to the industry labour workforce. As such, we are pleased to announce the creation of a new Industry Workforce Committee to assist with this process.

One of the approaches the committee will examine is the opportunity to work with colleges and universities to better attract skilled young people into the industry, including through co-op placements. The committee will examine provincial and federal government grants and tax credits available to companies that hire co-op students or other target groups.

That’s where we need your help: If your company has applied for financial benefits from the government for training new employees or for creating jobs for women, minorities or younger individuals, then STAC wants to hear about your experience.

• What programs or benefits did you apply for?
• Were you successful in your application?
• Would you recommend the program to other STAC members who are trying to recruit new employees?

Please help support the sustainability of the Canadian tower work force by sending us an email with a brief overview of your experience.

Your feedback is greatly appreciated!