Ulnooweg initiated a Major Projects Portfolio to monitor, evaluate and implement a strategy to increase both business and employment opportunities. The projects strategy originated with the announced shipbuilding initiative of the government of Canada. The National Shipbuilding Program presents a great opportunity in terms of the shipbuilding jobs, subcontracts and the jobs that will need to be filled for those companies who lose skilled workers to shipbuilding.
The scope of the initiative has been extended and now encompasses major projects throughout all of Atlantic Canada. These include the frigate program, the Energy East Pipeline, the Maritime Link Project, mining, offshore oil and gas, port development and others.
The return to mining, particularly at Donkin Mine in Una’maki, is generating interest and work, with an expectation of additional spin off business opportunities. The offshore Sable Project is expected to wind down and decommissioning could begin as early as 2016. This work will take 3 – 4 years to complete and will require specific skilled labour. There are three LNG projects in various stages of planning for the region and, if they proceed, the impact on jobs and business needs will be significant. An LNG facility will be constructed in New Brunswick as well and will provide opportunities for skilled Aboriginal labour and business.
There are great expectations around port development in the region and this could lead to additional opportunities for Aboriginal business and workers. Another sector that will see growth and growing needs is the health care sector. There are opportunities in several categories including medical administration, pharmacy tech and information management, as well as basic upskilling, safety training and business services.
A key component of the Major Projects Portfolio is to establish solid working relationship with the various stakeholders, establish solid communication and networking channels. To achieve the desired outcomes, a stakeholder representative advisory committee is being created to interact with industry groups and associations, and key government agencies.
The Major Projects section of Ulnooweg works closely with other members of the Ulnooweg team and associated organizations to identify and capitalize on opportunities.
For more information on Ulnooweg projects, contact Paul Langdon, Major Projects Officer.
Major Projects Officer