Provincial government says at least 60,000 more workers will be needed by 2020
REGINA—Saskatchewan is being urged not to use temporary foreign workers to address a labour shortage.
University of Calgary economics professor Herb Emery says the short-term relief—no matter how critical the shortage—could come with greater costs in the long run.
Emery says using temporary foreign workers dampens wages where a higher wage would attract local residents to jobs.
Emery also says the province should shift the timing of infrastructure projects to when demand for labour dips so that it’s not competing with the private sector for workers.
The comments are in a new report that looks at labour shortages in Saskatchewan and what the province needs to do keep its economy growing.
The provincial government says at least 60,000 more workers will be needed by 2020.