Whistler faces labour shortages amid COVID-19 pandemic – BC | Globalnews.ca

Whistler faces labour shortages amid COVID-19 pandemic - BC | Globalnews.ca

2021-10-13 07:27:40

Whistler’s Chamber of Commerce says the resort group is going through a labour scarcity exacerbated by the truth that many out-of-country staff are going through limitations entering into Canada.

Whistler Chamber of Commerce CEO Melissa Tempo says about 35 per cent of the workforce comes from abroad.

“Most of our international staff have been right here on vacation working visas and so they went dwelling,” she mentioned.

Tempo notes that numerous hospitality staff moved into the trades once they have been laid off through the COVID-19 pandemic.

With not sufficient staffing, companies have needed to pivot.

“In some circumstances, it might be diminished menu, possibly diminished hours, and in some circumstances, they’re taking positions and transferring them from division to division,” Tempo mentioned.


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Matthew Hamilton of  Whistler’s Premium Mountain Rental says the bike and ski rental store is lastly bouncing again after a tough 2020. The problem now could be discovering sufficient employees to maintain up with demand.

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“It’s fairly traumatic,” he mentioned. “As a ground supervisor I don’t have actually have too many individuals to oversee, so I’m working round like a headless rooster. It’s only a massive stress, it’s put numerous pressure on everybody who’s working.”


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Whistler Blackcomb additionally depends closely on worldwide staff. Like others, it faces a difficult labour market.

In a press release, Whistler Blackcomb instructed World Information:

“We deal with staffing dynamics yearly and whereas this yr could current distinctive challenges, we stay targeted on attracting and retaining expertise by way of aggressive wages, complete advantages, and a robust dedication to tradition and management growth.”

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There’s loads of optimism for the winter season as Canada welcomes again worldwide guests.

Tempo says extra efforts to scale back purple tape are wanted if the business is to bounce again.

“We actually want to begin seeing the vacation working visas come again, the momentary international staff come again,” she mentioned.




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