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Voyageur feeling the pinch of global labour shortage

'In this day and age, the workforce is fairly mobile so your recruiting efforts have to be on a more global perspective. It's something we look to do as part of our global hiring strategy'

Like many North American companies, Voyageur Aviation in North Bay is feeling the world-wide labour shortage.

The company currently has over 30 positions it is working to fill at its 200,000 square foot facility in North Bay.

The successful company, headquartered in this city, offers services that include airline operations, aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul, aircraft part sales and logistics management; and aircraft leasing. 

It most recently entered into an agreement to provide on-site inventory, component repair, and overhaul for the De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Dash 8-400 to Sabena technics through Voyageur's Exchange Component and Leasing Subscription (EXCL) program.

See: Voyageur Aviation unveils new EXCL Program 

Cory Cousineau President of Voyageur Aviation. is located in North Bay and has been with the company for over 25 years.

"The entire globe is facing a bit of a labour shortage right now," Cousineau told BayToday. "For us, we have a lot of opportunities currently available here in North Bay for young people seeking a career path. Certainly, there are going to be labour challenges in the aviation industry but I think it is a good industry for people to get into. It's really a great opportunity right now."

Voyageur currently employs more than 230 workers in North Bay and 350 company-wide.

Cousineau doesn't see the shortage as a North Bay issue and confirms it will not impact the stability of Voyageur going forward.

"It's certainly a North Bay success story. We're entrenched here in North Bay. This is our home, has been for the past 40-some years, so we're really about working with community partners, the City, and Canadore, to be able to generate interest in aviation in general, in Voyageur, and our ability to recruit people to the city."

He says the Canadore Aviation campus next door is helping fill some of those positions."It gives us a lot of opportunities to recruit people from the local community, which is really our goal. So it's about the opportunity at this point."

Cousineau says there is a wide variety of positions open, with about two-thirds being aircraft technical staff. "They're aircraft maintenance positions essentially, so there are qualifications associated with that, so we are looking for people that have been trained at an aviation college or people with previous experience with aircraft engineering licenses."

But a third of the job openings are more general in nature, "Administrative people, shipping and receiving, and some entry-level positions," explains Cousineau.

In 2015, Voyageur Airways was bought by Chorus Aviation, a Canadian holding company.

See: Chorus Aviation Inc. to acquire Voyageur Airways

"North Bay has a lot to offer," adds Cousineau. "We are certainly big proponents of the city, looking to build on the strengths North Bay can offer. In this day and age, the workforce is fairly mobile so your recruiting efforts have to be on a more global perspective. It's something we look to do as part of our global hiring strategy."

See the job opportunities at Voyageur here.

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