March 2018

In an effort to support business needs and ensure that we are “open for business”, the Canadian Government provides a number of options to foreign workers wanting to come to Canada.

In order to address the growing hospitality labour shortages, in particular for seasonal positions, the BC Hotel Association (BCHA) hired a consulting firm to develop a pilot program to bring in international students to fill those needs.

With a strong economy and recent data from BC Statistics indicating an unemployment rate of 4.8%, the ability to find qualified and ready workers is challenging businesses all over the province. Over the past year, some restaurants in Victoria have had to close their doors, or reduce opening hours because of an inability to find culinary staff. Technology firms have n


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