Cowichan Economic Development has launched the Cowichan Employer Resource Guide, a directory of tools and strategies to help local businesses meet the challenges of labor shortages.
In August 2021, RBC economist Carrie Freestone reported a nationwide record vacancy rate of 5%, with British Columbia leading the provinces with a job vacancy rate of 6%. As a result, businesses across the country are struggling to find and retain workers.
More information on the labor shortage in Canada is available on the Cowichan Economic Development blog.
“Work has become a key area of concern for businesses in Cowichan as operations resume after the COVID-19 shutdown,” said Aaron Stone, president of CVRD. “While the pandemic has certainly made matters worse, our aging population means this trend will be long term and businesses will need strategies to adapt. “
The Cowichan Employer Resource Guide will provide an overview of tools that can help businesses adapt, such as workforce diversity, living wage, and automation. The guide will be updated regularly with new information and resources.
Additionally, topics will be explored in more detail on the Economic Development Cowichan blog over the next few weeks, with examples of how each strategy has been used to create success in the workplace.
Cowichan Economic Development received support and contributions from local chambers of commerce, business improvement associations and tourism partners in developing the guide.
“Many thanks to Economic Development Cowichan for taking the initiative to develop a resource guide for Cowichan employers,” said Julie Scurr, President of the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce. “We are very excited to be partnering with this project, which is designed to help local businesses understand wage subsidies, recruitment and retention strategies and more.”
The Cowichan Employer Resource Guide can be viewed and downloaded from the Economic Development Cowichan website at www.ecdevcowichan.com. Subscribe to EDC’s newsletter to be notified when blogs and updates are posted.
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