Service sector turns to foreign workers

Mexico and Philippines prime resource for unskilled workers in Alberta, B.C.
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/11/2007

The labour market in Western Canada is extremely tight. But it’s not just the construction and oil and gas industries feeling the crunch — the service sector has also been hit hard by the labour shortage.

Calgary-based Humpty’s Restaurants has been spending $4,000 a month on recruitment advertising and the family restaurant chain is lucky if it gets one applicant a month, said president Don Koenig.

“If they have a pulse, you hire them. It’s not a matter of quality, it’s a matter of people right now,” he said.