Labour shortage focus of process

The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is working with several other groups to help make Vernon a more welcoming community for immigrants.

George Duffy

George Duffy

The North Okanagan is facing present and future labour shortages in skilled work occupations.

As a result, the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is working with several other groups to help make Vernon a more welcoming community for immigrants.

“The project has several components that involve the business community,” said George Duffy, chamber general manager.

“The chamber’s piece is to develop a working information guide for employers to be able to give to new employees. We are also developing a website with a theme of live, work and play, with written, photographic, and video content that shows everyday Vernon and tells stories from recent immigrants about their experiences working, living and playing here, their successes and challenges.”

One of the reasons for the labour shortage in the North Okanagan is the region’s demographic mix is influenced by older people.

“We need to bring in new ideas and skills from around the world that will help make our community competitive in the years to come,” said Duffy.

Another project partner, Nexus B.C. (formerly the North Okanagan Employment Enhancement Society), is seeking businesses’ input to make local workplaces more welcoming for immigrants in the Vernon area.

The survey will help identify:

n Diversity efforts currently happening

n Interest in ongoing diversity training

Go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/93PT27F to find the survey.  It will take five minutes to complete.

“Your input is greatly appreciated,” said Duffy.

Complete the survey by Oct. 8 to be entered into a prize draw.