Shortage of foodservice workers in Alberta 'critical'

Restaurant wages have increased by up to 50 per cent in past couple of years
By Liz Lindgren-Kubitzc
||Last Updated: 02/27/2007

A bold, black sign stands on metal legs in front of a small Calgary business that was forced to close its doors. The sign’s neon letters were changed from “Help Wanted” to “No One Left to Hire.” The grim icon represents Alberta’s labour market crisis.

Lindy Rollingson, president and CEO of the Alberta Restaurant and Foodservices Association, calls the shortage of workers “critical.”

“The restaurant industry has been very hard hit,” she said.