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LETTER: Give workers a decent, safe place to live

‘There’s just not enough workers’

There certainly seems to be a lot a hand-wringing and unwarranted speculation regarding the worker shortage being experienced… everywhere.

And, in spite of the assertions from those vaccine “hesitant” convoy enthusiasts, it has nothing to do with layoffs or firings. While the pandemic hastened the exodus of those nearing retirement, this labour shortage has been anticipated since the sixties.

Canadians chose to go to work, rather than have enough kids to meet the anticipated job market needs. Adding to the problem is the reluctance for Canadians to increase immigration quotas. There’s just not enough workers.

Then, there’s those that insist that raising wages to between $15 to $20 an hour should have helped. Really?

When local house prices are averaging over a million dollars? Rent for a one-bedroom (utilities not included) is coming in at around $2,000 per month? That’s just accommodation.

There’s still food, transportation, utilities…it’s unaffordable. So, as a suggestion, I would think that, both, municipalities and larger employers should consider more comprehensive benefits. My wife and I, while looking for a permanent place to live, are residing in our trailer. Alongside us are other retirees and many folks that are, currently working, but, can’t find/afford regular places.

Literally, in today’s market, they are forced to live well away from urban services. As such, I think that it would make perfect sense for local municipalities and/or larger employers to set up well regulated, secure serviced locations for these prospective workers. In town.

You want to attract workers? Make certain that they have a decent, safe place to live.

Mark Conlin

Parksville

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