Canadian Steel Trade and Employment Congress

June 28, 2011 00:07 ET

Canadian Steel Trade and Employment Congress Releases New Sector Study and Recommendations: Human Resources in the Canadian Steel Sector

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 28, 2011) - In early 2010, the Canadian Steel Trade and Employment Congress, (CSTEC) commissioned the Toronto firm of PRISM Economics and Analysis to conduct research for a new Study which would focus on the human resource issues and challenges facing the four sectors of the industry; basic steel making, the steel service centers, the steel fabricators, and the foundries. Along with their senior staff, PRISM engaged steel academic, Dr. Peter Warrian (Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto) for a year long process of data gathering across the Canadian steel landscape. Guided by a National Steering Committee of distinguished senior human resource managers and senior officials from the United Steel Workers Union, the researchers have gathered an abundance of data through site visits across the country, employee focus groups, surveys with senior managers and union officials and in-depth interviews with industry and Union leaders. That research is now complete and has formed the basis of the 128 page 2010 Canadian Steel Sector Report. Accompanying the full report is an Executive Summary and Recommendations which will be used to develop CSTEC's strategic plan for the next five years.

Bob Jones, CSTEC Executive Director, remarked on the relevance of the 2010 Sector Study, "There has been a sea change in the Canadian steel industry since the last CSTEC Sector Study which was completed back in 2005. Whether you are in some way connected to the steel industry, or just an interested observer, you will find this report and recommendations particularly timely and interesting."

The study's National Project Manager, Ron McClure, will be rolling out a campaign to introduce the highlights of the Study this summer and fall to a variety of interested groups and public forums across Canada. Please contact Ron at for inquiries.

The full study, executive summary and recommen­dations are available at

CSTEC was the country's first Sector Council jointly founded in 1986 by the United Steelworkers Union and the Canadian steel producers. CSTEC's mandate is to determine the key Human Resources needs of the Steel Sector and respond with the development and delivery of timely and effective programs and services. Working closely with the United Steelworkers, Canadian steel companies, colleges and universities, as well as both the federal and provincial governments, CSTEC actively supports the skills and knowledge development of the current and future workforce in the Canadian steel sector.

Funded in part by the Government of Canada's Sector Council Program.

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