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Rural Transportation and Housing

November 14, 2019 Sue ElliottNova Scotia

EMC members, as well multiple regional stakeholders, gathered today to talk, share and gain understanding about how to address the lack of housing and transportation options available to potential employees wanting to work in our sector. We are all aware that labour is the number one constraint to growth for manufacturers. In rural Nova Scotia there are added barriers for employees such as the lack of public transportation infrastructure and housing inventory shortages.

We heard from Common Good Solutions about a recent transportation study done in Cape Breton. P4G presented an outside approach to employee attraction and retention and Riverside Lobster shared how they have provided housing for 100 new employees with door to door busing services and upcoming child care provisions.

The bottom line to our discussion was that you can’t go it alone. We, as manufacturers, need to collaborate and share costs and resources. The group decided on next steps and I look forward to seeing how our members continue to work together to move the whole sector forward and contribute to the prosperity of our region.

Thank you to our host BioVectra for opening their facilities to us.

To learn more about this event or EMC in general please feel free to reach out to me at selliott@emccanada.org.