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.
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.
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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...
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...
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.
A diverse and inclusive workforce to address the labour shortage – with a spotlight on accessibility
Attracting and retaining underrepresented workers is one potential strategy for addressing labour and skill shortages. In fact, studies show that increasing overall workplace diversity improves financial performance and result in better business outcomes.
By all indications, labour shortages are here to stay for the foreseeable future. With that reality in mind, retention is going to be a key factor to sustaining necessary workforce stability.
Economic Development Cowichan has launched the Cowichan Employer Resource Guide, a repository of tools and strategies to assist local businesses in addressing challenges stemming from labour shortages. In August 2021, RBC Economist Carrie Freestone reported a record...
Is your business struggling to find and retain workers? Do you see ‘Help Wanted’ signs everywhere you look on your town’s main street? In recent months, the labour shortage has been at the forefront of many news stories, webinars, and conversations in Cowichan and...