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Rise in minimum wage helps ease labour shortage in Banff and Canmore, says hiring organizer

Alberta’s new $15 minimum wage may be helping to ease long-standing labour shortages in the Bow Valley, says the organizer of annual hiring fairs in Banff and Canmore.

While there are an estimated 400 jobs on offer this week at the two events — which aim to help hotels, restaurants and retail businesses in the popular tourist towns find the employees they need — Michel Dufresne of the Job Resource Centre said the labour shortage in the area is not as dire as it has been in past years.

“Our employers are not as desperate as they were last year,” Dufresne said. “They have fewer jobs to fill for the summer, at this point.”

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