Labour shortages now widespread

The expiry of the CRB this month may help to alleviate the shortages of unskilled labour, but there is little chance that the shortages of skilled labour will ease until immigration picks back up. And with vaccine mandates now being imposed across the country, there is a clear risk that the labour shortages get worse.
Stephen Brown Senior Canada Economist
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