Fort McMurray needs plumbers, says Alberta government

The Alberta government says Fort McMurray needs plumbers to rebuild homes destroyed by May’s wildfire.

“You have 2,400 buildings that you need to reconstruct,” said Alberta Minister of Advanced Education Marlin Schmidt. “That places a significant demand on the availability of people with plumbing training.”

May’s wildfire decimated some communities in Fort McMurray. Building for many wildfire victims won’t start until spring or a bit earlier, due to a lengthy insurance claims process, municipal permit problems, provincial building restrictions and now a winter that makes it too cold to pour foundations.

Concerns that the community will not have enough affordable labour have been expressed by the oil sands industry, builders, the municipality and the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce.

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