Whistler’s Chamber of Commerce says the resort group is dealing with a labour scarcity exacerbated by the truth that many out-of-country employees are dealing with obstacles entering into Canada.
Whistler Chamber of Commerce CEO Melissa Tempo says about 35 per cent of the workforce comes from abroad.
“Most of our foreign workers were here on holiday working visas and they went home,” she stated.
Tempo notes that a lot of hospitality employees moved into the trades once they have been laid off in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With not sufficient staffing, companies have needed to pivot.
“In some circumstances, it would be reduced menu, maybe reduced hours, and in some cases, they’re taking positions and moving them from department to department,” Tempo stated.
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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.
“It’s pretty stressful,” he stated. “As a floor supervisor I don’t have really have too many people to supervise, so I’m running around like a headless chicken. It’s just a big stress, it’s put a lot of strain on everyone who is working.”
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Whistler Blackcomb additionally depends closely on worldwide employees. Like others, it faces a difficult labour market.
In a press release, Whistler Blackcomb informed World Information:
“We contend with staffing dynamics every year and while this year may present unique challenges, we remain focused on attracting and retaining talent through competitive wages, comprehensive benefits, and a strong commitment to culture and leadership development.”
There’s loads of optimism for the winter season as Canada welcomes again worldwide guests.
Tempo says extra efforts to scale back pink tape are wanted if the business is to bounce again.
“We really need to start seeing the holiday working visas come back, the temporary foreign workers come back,” she stated.
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