BC Restaurant & Food Services Association to Host Industry Town Hall

The BC Restaurant & Food Services Association (BCRFA) will be hosting an industry town hall on January 16th at the Italian Cultural Centre to address the ongoing shortage of chefs and cooks in Metro Vancouver.

The BCRFA has studied the skills gap and employment shortage in Vancouver area restaurants and is inviting restaurant owners, operators, chefs and cooks to hear and comment on the results of the BCRFA’s six months’ worth of research, analysis, and recommendations. The BCRFA has defined opportunities for owners to make minor changes in their operations that could improve their hiring outcomes and employee retention.

According to Visa Canada, approximately 60% of Canadians currently eat out of the home at least once per week. As a result, new restaurants and food service operations are continually opening up for business.

In light of this trend, the forum will provide attendees with a market assessment of the current labour shortage, strategies to improve recruitment and retention of personnel, information on the employment needs of workers, and an understanding of the benefits of establishing a culture that fosters work/life balance, and further recommendations for the Government of BC.

The town hall will take place on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, from 10 am to noon. It will be held at the Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan Street in Vancouver. Those interested can register for free by phone at 604-669-2239 or by e-mail at info@bcrfa.com. Free parking is available on site.

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.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by the BCRFA.