Cowichan Employer Resource Guide

The Cowichan Employer Resource Guide is a repository of tools and strategies to help your business address challenges stemming from labour shortages. Each topic includes a brief description, followed by at least one link to more information. The Guide is updated regularly with new tools, information, and links.

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Economic Development Cowichan would like to acknowledge the support and contributions of our local chambers of commerce, business improvement associations, and tourism partners in the development of this Guide.​

Take a Deeper Dive

In the blog posts below, we take an in depth look at the tools listed in the Guide, and talk to employers, subject matter experts, and business support organizations to see how the strategies are being used to create success in the workplace. Subscribe to our newsletter to be notified when new blogs are posted.

Does your business have an HR success story you’d like to share with the Cowichan business community? Please contact our team at edc@cvrd.bc.ca – we want to hear from you!

Access global talent through Canada’s immigration programs

Access global talent through Canada’s immigration programs

Foreign workers are a key component of Canada’s labour force, and they could be the right fit for your business. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is hosting a series of virtual sessions in June to help businesses in Western Canada learn about...

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Help us find housing solutions for Cowichan’s workers

Help us find housing solutions for Cowichan’s workers

We’ve heard from businesses across the Cowichan region: the housing crisis is affecting employers’ ability to attract and retain employees. Economic Development Cowichan is working on a Workforce Housing Strategy to find solutions to housing Cowichan's workers, and...

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Providing a Living Wage to Attract and Retain Employees

Providing a Living Wage to Attract and Retain Employees

As businesses continue to struggle with the labour shortage, providing a Living Wage could be one action employers can take to attract and retain employees. But what is a “Living Wage”? It’s the calculated hourly amount a family needs to cover basic living expenses to...

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2022 Workforce Connection Summit: The Power of People

2022 Workforce Connection Summit: The Power of People

Are you struggling to hire, retain and engage your staff? On February 9 and 10, the Chilliwack Economic Resource Network is holding a 2-day virtual conference exploring solutions to the workforce issues we are currently facing around the province. The conference will...

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Wage subsidies to help your business compete and thrive

Wage subsidies to help your business compete and thrive

As wage expectations continue to rise, businesses may struggle to recruit employees, especially in our competitive labour market. As of the second quarter of 2021, the average offered hourly wage in the Vancouver Island and Coast region was $23.95, up from $19.70 in the second quarter of 2019.

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Economic
Development
Cowichan

Economic
Development
Cowichan

135 Third Street
Duncan, BC
Canada V9L 1R9
edc@cvrd.bc.ca
T 250.746.7880
TF 1.866.746.2508