Growing Our Local 1 Team

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Halifax Shipyard continues to grow our team of world-class shipbuilders.

Since being selected as Canada’s combat shipbuilder in 2012, our team of world-class shipbuilders, members of Unifor Local 1, has steadily grown to ensure that we can maintain and build the Royal Canadian Navy’s current and future fleets, on time and on budget. 

Today, we have a team of more than 890 Local 1 shipbuilders, and by early 2018, we expect to employ almost 1,000 Local 1 shipbuilders.

Here are some interesting facts about our Local 1 hiring at Halifax Shipyard over the past few years:

  • 100% of our Local 1 workforce are Canadian citizens
  • 70 new Local 1 tradespeople were hired in 2015
  • 231 new Local 1 tradespeople were hired in 2016
  • 69 new Local 1 hires joined our workforce so far in 2017
  • 36 new Local 1 hires joined our workforce in June 2017
  • Almost 30% of our Local 1 employees have been hired since the last collective agreement was negotiated in 2012

As you can see, our workforce is growing. We are in the early years of an exciting 30 year shipbuilding program, and will continue to grow our team of shipbuilders for a vibrant future at Halifax Shipyard.

To view current career opportunities with Irving Shipbuilding visit our Careers page.