COVID-19: Difficult to recruit in the region

The regions remote from the major centres are struggling to recruit the workforce in the essential services, which require more staff due to the pandemic, whereas the unemployed will receive $ 2000 per month in the provision of an emergency.

Whether in Abitibi, Gaspésie, Côte-Nord or Bas-Saint-Laurent, the scarcity of labour in favour of large centres like Montreal and Quebec city is part of the reality ever since.

Lack of staff

Yet, while many workers are laid off, essential services such as hospital care, grocery stores, the food industry or other still lack of staff to deal with the crisis.

“The shortage of labour is still quite present here. A number of businesses and are considered essential services that were already struggling to fill positions always have this problem,” says Jonathan Ferrero of Emersion consulting Service in employment, Baie-Comeau.

A situation that seems to be the same in several regions far from major centres, depending on what was learned The Newspaper.

“In addition, people are afraid to leave their homes currently. It may be that when anxiety goes down, more people applying for them for these jobs are essential,” he believes.

The labour market upset

The Chamber of commerce and industry of Saguenay-the-Fjord (CCISF), out of Sherbrooke, it is estimated, however, that the Delivery of the canadian emergency (PCU) of $ 2000, awarded by the prime minister Trudeau, will make it difficult for employers looking for staff.

“The grocery stores or convenience stores are looking for employees at the minimum wage, or almost. With the financial assistance granted by the government pays you more to stay home than to go to work, they will not be many to raise their hand,” said Carl Laberge, president of the CCISF.

Recall that the only conditions to qualify for this benefit are being deprived of income as a result of the crisis of the sars coronavirus and to have earned at least $ 5,000 in the last year.

“It’s going to completely upset the labour market. We are convinced that it will increase the difficulty”, tranche M. Laberge.

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