South Okanagan explores innovative strategies to attract and retain workers

Contributing cash to employee vacations.

Offering time-off to attend school concerts.  

Building a wheelchair accessible workplace.

Paying seniors by the room for hotel housekeeping.


These are a few of the innovative strategies to attract and retain workers explored at friday's Labour Market Summit in Penticton. 

More than 150 leaders from business and government gathered to identify priority actions that will drive prosperity in the region that extends from Princeton to Summerland.

With schools closing and baby boomers retiring, the region is looking at young graduates, returning oil patch workers and new Canadians to help strengthen it's workforce.

Building on the Let's Talk Jobs Report commissioned by the South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services Society and a joint provincial and city sponsored labour market study, the region is poised to celebrate/leverage its position as one of the top places in Canada to work and play. 

The full strategy document will be released this spring.

Let's Talk Jobs is part of a comprehensive Collective Impact Project James Laurence Group is working on with 50 community leaders and South Okanagan Immigrant Services' Local Immigration Partnership Council.