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Saanich chamber of commerce warns of dire workforce shortage if more housing not built

By April 3, 2024April 8th, 2024No Comments

By Brendan Strain, CTV News Vancouver Island

A note posted on the door of the Canada Post office in Brentwood Bay warning customers of an upcoming noon hour closure due to a staffing shortage could be a sign of things to come on the Saanich Peninsula.

“We’re on route to lose probably another 20 per cent of our effective workforce by 2036,” said Al Smith, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

Between 2016 and 2021, seven per cent of the workforce evaporated, according to the chamber. That’s having a massive impact on not only small businesses but larger ones as well.

“We found out that the root cause of it all is just the cost of living here,” said Smith.

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