Coun. Carey Pope in summarizing an Economic Development report told the Committee of the Whole on Tuesday night that the town of St. Marys businesses are having a difficult time fnding workers to fill positions. Coun. Pope said that there is a “workforce deficit” and part of the problem lies in the fact that there is a limited housing stock to attract the right people to town to address the workforce shortage. She said that the unemployment rate for St. Marys is at 3.4%.
As far as the housing situation in town is concerned, Coun. Pope said that the Economic Development Committee study of housing shows that the pricing for homes in St. Marys is at the higher end of the spectrum while what is needed is more affordable housing to suit all needs. To try to address these problems there is an Industry Power breakfast to be held on June 16 at the St. Marys Golf and Country Club, with different groups there to seek solutions, such as representatives from local industry, Deb Hotchkiss from Partners in Employment, senior Town staff, Mayor Strathdee and Councillors, representatives from the building industry, South Perth Council and staff, and the Planning Advisory committee. The breakfast is scheduled for 7 am on June 16.