Foodservice industry welcomes help with Saskatchewan's labour shortage

    REGINA, Aug. 12 /CNW/ - Recognizing the growing labour shortages in the
foodservice and hospitality industries, Saskatchewan has expanded its
Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) to include hotel housekeeping staff and food
and beverage servers on temporary work permits.
    This pilot project will make it possible for temporary foreign workers in
the hospitality sector to apply for nomination for permanent residency. To
apply, the employee must have a minimum of six months of work experience with
an approved employer in Saskatchewan.
    "We're very pleased that the provincial and federal governments are
taking steps to address the acute labour shortage in foodservice and
hospitality," says Courtney Donovan, CRFA's Vice President for
    "We're dealing with a people shortage, not just a skills shortage.
Programs like the one announced today contribute to continued investment and
job creation by hospitality operators in Saskatchewan."
    To be approved for the SINP, employers will be required to meet Service
Canada criteria, such as offering wages within industry norms and
demonstrating that they are unable to fill the positions locally. Employers
must also submit a recruitment and settlement plan.
    In Saskatchewan, more than 32,200 people - or 6.4% of the provincial
workforce - are employed in the foodservice industry, according to Statistics
Canada. An additional 2,700 foodservice industry employees will be needed by
2015, according to labour market studies. In 2007, Saskatchewan was Canada's
fastest-growing foodservice market.

For further information:

For further information: Courtney Donovan, CRFA Vice President,
Manitoba-Saskatchewan, (204) 926-8557; Jeni Armstrong, CRFA Communications
Specialist, (416) 649-4254

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