02/27/2013 12:11 EST | Updated 04/29/2013 05:12 EDT

Saskatchewan Labour Shortage: Ireland Answer To More Workers


REGINA - The land of living skies is turning to the Emerald Isle for help with a labour shortage.

A delegation of Saskatchewan employers and officials with the Ministry of Economy is heading back to Ireland to recruit more high-skilled workers.

Employers are hoping to recruit at least 80 high-skilled workers this year, including heavy duty mechanics, welders, engineers and machinists.

Economy Minister Bill Boyd says it's a chance to fill positions that could not be filled by recruitment efforts in Canada.

The province says more than 290 Irish families moved to Saskatchewan after a recruitment trip last year.

The provincial government has said at least 60,000 more workers will be needed in the next seven years.

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