Saskatchewan Government Investing $1 Million To Promote Hospitality Careers


REGINA — The Government of Saskatchewan is investing $1 million in support of Hospitality Saskatchewan to help it promote careers in Saskatchewan’s hospitality-and-tourism sector. The province’s hospitality sector, like many other jurisdictions in North America, was one of the first and hardest hit by the global pandemic over the past two years, resulting in a labour shortage in the province.

“The hospitality-and-tourism sector is driven by small-and medium-sized businesses that are at the heart of Saskatchewan’s economy,” says Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison. “This $1-million investment, along with other programs like the recently launched Hard-To-Fill Skills Pilot and the Re-Skill Saskatchewan Training Subsidy, will assist in attracting, training and retaining employees needed to accelerate recovery of the hospitality sector.” 

The funding will enable Hospitality Saskatchewan to launch an aggressive recruitment strategy, Belong Saskatchewan, which will target the attraction of domestic and international workers. This program will leverage the Hard-To-Fill Skills Pilot to target individuals living and working in Canada under restricted or temporary conditions and are eager to achieve permanent residency.

“This is yet another example of the Saskatchewan government’s steadfast commitment to the hospitality and tourism sectors and those that work in it,” says Hospitality Saskatchewan president and CEO Jim Bence. “The pandemic hit us first, it hit us the hardest, and now the acute labour crisis is contributing to a slowing of our recovery. This type of support will allow us to showcase the vibrancy of our industry and attract workers from across Canada in an innovative and creative way.  There has never been a better time for training, upskilling, and advancement than there is right now in hospitality, and we applaud the Saskatchewan government for their continued support.”

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