BCRFA to Host Industry Town Hall on Kitchen Staff Shortage on January 16th

The Goods from The BCRFA

Vancouver, BC | Restaurant owners, operators, Chefs and cooks in Greater Vancouver are invited to listen to, and weigh in on, the results of the BCRFA’s six months of research, analysis, and recommendations. The BC Restaurant and Food Services Association has been studying the skills gap and employment shortage in Vancouver area restaurants, funded by the Employment Program of BC.

Why? Visa Canada estimates 60 per cent of Canadians now eat out at least once a week. As a result, new restaurants and foodservice operations are opening. Our industry is growing and we need more qualified staff to join our teams.

The goal for the forum is to provide attendees with:

Current labour shortage market assessment;
Strategies to improve your recruitment/retention;
Employment needs of new generations of workers;
Benefits of creating a culture that values work/life balance; and
Feedback from the forum will be included in the recommendations that will be submitted to the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction in a final report

When: Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. to noon.
Where: Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan St., Vancouver, BC
RSVP: 604-669-2239 or info@bcrfa.com
Parking: Free parking is available on site.

Available for media interviews:

Ian Tostenson, President & CEO, BCRFA
Samantha Scholefield, Research & Marketing, BCRFA

Additional information | BCRFA has been conducting research, focus groups, and 1:1 sessions with industry leaders, Chefs, cooks, employment programs and policy-makers to help define the skilled labour shortage and work on needs-based solutions for the Greater Vancouver area. The chefs and cooks shortage is something operators feel they have limited control over since it is impacted by multiple pressures, including retirements, less young workers, and cost of housing. Through this research, BCRFA has defined some opportunities for owners to make small changes today that improve their hiring outcomes and retention. The BCRFA Study is funded by the Employment Program of BC. Feedback from the forum will be included in the recommendations that will be submitted to the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction in a final report.

About the British Columbia Restaurant & Food Services Association | The British Columbia Restaurant & Food Services Association (BCRFA) is the largest and most progressive industry organization in British Columbia. This collective group of restaurant professionals is devoted to the sole purpose of creating the most favourable business environment for its members. As the voice of BC restaurants, it is dedicated to meeting the diverse needs of its unique industry partners and restaurant members, providing valuable information and exclusive opportunities. With more than 40 years of experience and with more than 3,000 members, the BCRFA continues to be the foremost resource for the industry. For more information, visit http://www.bcrfa.com/.

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