The Conference Board of Canada projects a labour shortfall in Canada of almost one million workers by 2020, of which 200,000 will be in our industry alone. Demographics tell us labour shortages will be particularly challenging for our sector because of our reliance on young people. More than 40 per cent of today’s restaurant workers are aged 15 to 24. Statistics Canada projections indicate that by 2020, the population of 15 to 24-year-olds will decline by 300,000.Alberta’s labour market is especially tight. The unemployment rate is now 4.6 per cent compared to 5.5 per cent a year ago.
(Jul. 24/12) In many parts of the country, and especially Alberta, restaurateurs are struggling to find qualified staff. CRFA meets regularly with the federal Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney to discuss barriers to hiring domestic and foreign workers.
On July 9, CRFA and a delegation of restaurateurs met with Minister Kenney to recognize his government’s work in addressing many of our temporary foreign worker and immigration concerns, and implementing solutions we proposed.
We thanked him for encouraging work in our sector by:
Click here (PDF) to read our letter to Minister Kenney.