A guide to helping businesses overcome the current labor shortage was launched by Economic Development Cowichan.

The Cowichan Employer Resource Guide includes tools and strategies to help local businesses deal with labor shortages.

According to Cowichan Valley Regional District President Aaron Stone, this is a major concern as businesses in Cowichan try to resume normal operations after the COVID-19 shutdown.

Stone says the pandemic has made matters worse, but the region’s aging population also means it will be a long-term trend and businesses will need strategies to adapt.

House Duncan Cowichan was a partner in the project and President Julie Scurr said it was designed to help local businesses understand wage subsidies, recruitment and retention strategies, and more.

Cowichan Economic Development says the guide “will provide an overview of tools that can help businesses adapt to the workforce shortage, such as workforce diversity, living wages and automating”.

EDC’s blog will also provide examples of how each strategy has been used to create workplace success.

Businesses in the Cowichan Valley, British Columbia, and across the country are struggling to find and keep workers.

In August 2021, RBC reported a record national job vacancy rate of 5%, with British Columbia leading the provinces with 6%.