Need a Job? There is a Shortage of Funeral Directors in Canada

October 19, 2015
3 Comments
Advertisement

Article originally appeared on CBC News

Funeral homes across the country are trying to hunt down new staff as North America faces a shortage of trained professionals and a wave of retirements loom, according to funeral home directors in Cape Breton.

In Port Hawkesbury, John Green, a funeral home director and vice president of the Funeral Service Association of Canada, is feeling the pinch.

“My own operation here in Port Hawkesbury we’re seeking a full-time person and it’s not the easiest to find,” he says.

Advertisement

Funeral homes are looking far afield. Green says it’s “not uncommon” for the Funeral Service Association of Nova Scotia to receive emails from funeral homes in British Columbia trying to find people to work.

Part of what’s driving people away from the industry, Green says, is the long hours and the requirement to be constantly on call.

There’s also limited training opportunities. Green said the Nova Scotia Community College now only takes new students every two years, which means the system isn’t turning out as many graduates.

And that’s means fewer people to replace those who are retiring. At T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel in Sydney, manager Andrew Chapman says the majority of his workforce will hit retirement age in the next five to 10 years.

“Do we have the adequate staff to be able to backfill those positions?” he says. “At the moment, no. And that’s going to be a real challenge.”

That kind of scenario will make the funeral business more hectic, Green says. Those who do stay in the industry will have to work longer hours and families will face delayed service.

The national funeral service association is working to try and attract more people to the industry. Green says the organization wants funeral directing and embalming apprentices to be granted the same kind of inter-provincial labour mobility as other trades.

“The problem is, when you need somebody you want somebody that’s already trained and sometimes funeral homes don’t have the resources to take on an apprentice while they maintain their full-time work force,” he says.

CDFuneralNews

CDFuneralNews

ConnectingDirectors.com is the leading online daily publication for funeral professionals with a reader base of over 45,000 of the most elite and forward-thinking professionals in the profession. With ConnectingDirectors.com we have created a global community through an online platform allowing funeral professionals to Stay Current. Stay Informed and Stay Elite.
CDFuneralNews
Advertisement

You may be interested

This Is The Game Every Funeral Director Wants, But It’s Not Real
Humor
249 views
Humor
249 views

This Is The Game Every Funeral Director Wants, But It’s Not Real

Ryan Thogmartin - February 21, 2018

Cadaver Chris needs your help! His viewing is tomorrow! It's Embalmer, the funtacular funeral game where you're the embalmer! From the gurney to the grave, it's Embalmer! Embalming fluid not included.

FrontRunner Professional Announces Software Integration with Google Calendar
Funeral Industry Press Releases
69 views
Funeral Industry Press Releases
69 views

FrontRunner Professional Announces Software Integration with Google Calendar

CDFuneralNews - February 21, 2018

Today FrontRunner Professional announced the release of Eventify, a native integration between their award-winning Pulse Business System and the Google…

Legacy Funeral Group Purchased Magnolia Chapel in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Acquisitions
107 views
Acquisitions
107 views

Legacy Funeral Group Purchased Magnolia Chapel in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

CDFuneralNews - February 21, 2018

(Houston, TX) Legacy Funeral Group announces the acquisition of Magnolia Chapel Funeral Homes in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The expansion comes just…

Comments