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Drillers and Blasters - Surface Mining, Quarrying and Construction  (NOC 7372)
Gaspésie -- Îles-de-la-Madeleine Region
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Outlook & Prospects for Drillers and Blasters - Surface Mining, Quarrying and Construction in Gaspésie -- Îles-de-la-Madeleine Region

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Provincial Employment Potential Information

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Table on the employment potential for Drillers and Blasters - Surface Mining, Quarrying and Construction in Québec.
Location Employment Potential Release Date
Québec Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2015-05-29

The employment outlook for drillers and blasters in Quebec is fair for the 2014-2016 period. Over the next few years, employment opportunities will arise primarily from positions vacated by retiring drillers and blasters. Other, less numerous, opportunities will stem from employment growth.

These positions will be first available to unemployed drillers and blasters, who are relatively numerous, then to candidates who have obtained their Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS) in drilling and blasting. Only a very few opportunities will be filled by immigrants. The share of immigrants is very low, and much lower than in all occupations combined (3% as opposed to 14% at the time of the 2011 Census). The labour market situation of holders of a DVS was good in 2010, 2011 and 2012. In order to hold this specialized occupation on a construction site, one must hold a DVS in drilling and blasting, a blaster certificate from the Commission de la construction de Québec (CCQ), and a general license for explosives delivered by the Sûreté du Québec. According to the CCQ, driller-blasters are among the most mobile construction workers, as 60% of them are working outside of the region where they live.

Employment changes in this occupation depend on trends in the construction industries, mostly the civil engineering and roadworks subsector, and the mining industry. More specifically, driller-blasters are employed by specialized construction businesses and companies providing support activities to mining and gas extraction.

The engineering and civil engineering and roadworks subsector continues to be supported by investments in road infrastructures made by various levels of government. Although these workers are not immune to layoffs, they should continue to benefit from projects that are at the operation stage in the mining sector.

The occupational expertise of driller-blasters remains sought after. According to the CCQ, the availability of labour is "high" for the period under study. Taking into consideration all of these factors, the number of driller-blasters is expected to increase significantly over the next few years, but at a slower rate than hitherto.

Table on the employment potential for Drillers and Blasters - Surface Mining, Quarrying and Construction in Gaspésie -- Îles-de-la-Madeleine Region as well as in the rest of the Québec.
Location Employment Potential Release Date
Abitibi-Témiscamingue Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2015-05-29
Bas-Saint-Laurent Region Undetermined   (Undetermined) 2015-05-29
Capitale-Nationale Region Undetermined   (Undetermined) 2015-05-29
Centre-du-Québec Region Undetermined   (Undetermined) 2015-05-29
Chaudière-Appalaches Region Undetermined   (Undetermined) 2015-05-29
Côte-Nord Region Undetermined   (Undetermined) 2015-05-29
Estrie Region Undetermined   (Undetermined) 2015-05-29
Gaspésie -- Îles-de-la-Madeleine Region Undetermined   (Undetermined) 2015-05-29
Lanaudière Region Undetermined   (Undetermined) 2015-05-29
Laurentides Region Undetermined   (Undetermined) 2015-05-29
Laval Region Undetermined   (Undetermined) 2015-05-29
Mauricie Region Undetermined   (Undetermined) 2015-05-29
Montérégie Region Undetermined   (Undetermined) 2015-05-29
Montréal Region Undetermined   (Undetermined) 2015-05-29
Nord-du-Québec Region Undetermined   (Undetermined) 2015-05-29
Outaouais Region Undetermined   (Undetermined) 2015-05-29
Saguenay--Lac-Saint-Jean Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2015-05-29

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