This report suggests that the current oversupply of skilled transportationmanpower in Canada will change to a situation of high marketplace demand by the mid 1940's. It is demonstrated that these variations in surplus and shortage, are cyclic, that they can be severe, that they occur with measurable frequency, and that they can be quantitatively and subjectively related to a number of socio-economic- technological factors. The current inventory of trnaport professionals and skill non-professionals is, respectively, about 3,000 and 8,000 with more than half being employed by provincial highways and transport agencies. The major supply source for professionals is new civil engineering graduates. Other disciplines provide an important but minor source of supply. Immigration provides another important supply source, but is insufficient for large-scale marketplace shortages. The expected severe shortages in the U.S. for engineers by the mid 1970's may further accentuate the expected shortage in Canada. Some major reasons for the severity of the shortage/supply cycles in skilled transportation manpower are associated with short-term economic polices by senior governments in Canada, a low priority assigned to manpower planning, and a lack of factual data on manpower requirements. Such requirements must be defined in terms of both numbers of people and their skills. Several policy recommendations are presented in the report for developing long-range policies for these manpower requirements. /RTAC/

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Waterloo

    Department of Civil Engineering, 200 University Avenue West
    Waterloo, Ontario  Canada  N2L 3G1
  • Authors:
    • Haas, RCG
  • Publication Date: 1972-12

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 107 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00129456
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 10 1976 12:00AM