Employers should start taking ‘calculated risks’ and hire more foreign workers: Deloitte

Getting workers up to speed, ensuring culture fit shouldn’t be considered barriers
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/05/2011

Back in 2007 and 2008, when the economy was really hot, the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel in Saskatoon needed to ramp up its staffing. But there were few Canadians to be found, so it sought out foreign workers.

“A lot of it comes down to the economic prosperity we had,” said Dale Grant, general manager. “The viability of our business was being tested. We just didn’t have employees and we needed to have a source, for lack of a better word, to run our business. That’s really where it got to.”

Grant had to use labour market opinions (LMOs) from Service Canada to staff the difficult-to-fill positions, particularly for the kitchen.