By Kenyon Stronski
Finding workforce labour in many places across Canada — mainly rural — is slowly beginning to become an issue, with businesses not being able to work their regular hours or being closed on regular work days, a program able to attract people from all over the world is valuable. That’s where Taber steps in with the now announced Alberta Advantage Immigration Program that Economic Development Officer Amy Allred says will quell that very problem.
“So, in February this year, the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program launched two new streams that are specific to rural communities. Taber, like many other rural communities, is struggling to find labour to meet demand. You need to only drive around town and check out the ‘help wanted’ signs or stop by a business that’s not open during their normal operating hours to notice that it’s a big problem — not just here but everywhere. It was the Town of Taber businesses that approached the town to apply for this program, so, the province made it that the municipal town had to apply for the program to become a designated community because they really wanted to be community driven,” said Allred. “We want the workers to come and to stay and to be part of the community and to grow the community. We want long-term economic growth. There is lots going on in Taber, we have new businesses every time and we have a ton of great local businesses and entrepreneurs, and we want to make sure we can keep Taber growing but we need to find the labour to do that. Being able to help our businesses continue to be viable but grow and expand is what we’re looking for in long-term growth.”
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