Many Canadian businesses are struggling to find staff
Businesses across Canada can operate at full capacity again, but many are struggling to find staff to serve their customers.
"Currently, we are open only five days a week," Davinder Chaudhary, owner of Ottawa's upscale Aiana restaurant told CTV News. "We are capping our reservations because we don't have adequate service staff to take care of our guests."
That means about half the tables stay empty due to staffing issues: a new economic reality for many Canadian business owners.
"I don't think there's an industry out there that is not constrained by the lack of workers," the Conference Board of Canada's chief economist, Pedro Antunes, told CTV News.
The Bank of Canada says businesses are expecting to raise wages by an average of 5.8 per cent over the next year to keep and attract employees.
"We offer benefits which include health care, life insurance, retirement plans," Chaudhary said. "So, we are trying to offer this entire package to our team members."
Without them, Chaudhary's restaurant will not be able to operate at full capacity and make up for the long months of lockdowns and closures.
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