Ottawa increases its target of young temporary workers

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Ottawa increases its target of young temporary workers

The ski resort Banff Sunshine Village is struggling to accommodate its 800 or so employees.

Canada to increase the number of young people admitted under the International Experience Canada program by 20% for 2023. Nearly 15,000 additional candidates will be admitted to help employers fill gaps, including seasonal jobs in the tourism industry Canadian.

The International Experience Canada (IEC) program allows young people aged 18 to 35 from abroad to come and work in Canada. With the announced changes, an additional 15,000 people will be eligible for admission for a total of 90,000 applicants next year.

In Banff, where the federal government's announcement took place, many restaurants, businesses or tourist organizations use this program to bring in workers.

Since the start of the pandemic, recruitment has been particularly complicated for tourism businesses in the Rockies, concedes the manager of the Mont Norquay ski resort, André Quenneville.

There is a lot of lack of employed for several years. We have not been able to open certain places, restaurants and other options for tourists who come to visit so it is very important to have young workers to help our community and our ski resort specifically, explains André Quenneville .

In the community of Banff there are a lot of businesses that have been closed for long periods of time, that weren't able to open for visitors, so it's essential to have these young workers.

Finding housing in the Rockies, particularly Banff, can feel like an uphill battle for workers, due to housing shortages.

Often , housing exists for employees, whether they are Canadian or from elsewhere, so we will continue to find ways to house them because they are essential and very important for us and our businesses, says André Quenneville.

Some of the additional people will be people registered in the program the previous year and who will be able to extend their stay, so not everyone will need to new housing, adds for his part the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship ennety Sean Fraser.

Interested individuals may apply beginning January 9.

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