The news coming out of SNC-Lavalin to shed jobs across Canada, including some in Sudbury is disappointing, according to an expert in mining and supply services in the northeastern Ontario city.
The large engineering company announced another round of job cuts Thursday, totaling 405 across Canada, due to the weakness in the mining sector and ongoing efforts to boost its profit margin. Five of those layoffs are in Sudbury, according to a company spokesperson, as SNC-Lavalin will shut down its office in the northeast.
The moves don’t come as good news, given how much work the engineering firm does for mining companies in northern Ontario, said Dick Destefano, the executive director of the Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Services Association, but he added that it’s not indicative of a wider problem in the sector.
“So there’s been some new technologies applied that the companies will look at, and SNC-Lavalin will probably try, through their head office, to maintain it with their employees out in the operational field,” he said. “But no, I don’t think this is a trend.”
Destefano said other engineering firms are working in the industry in the region, and they’ve been able to survive the recent downturn, adding that mining companies still have an ongoing need for maintenance and upgrading of small projects.
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