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Publisher of the BC Labour Market Report and

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April 1, 2020 SEGMENT:

 

90+ companies that are currently hiring in Canada amid coronavirus pandemic

Leah Bjornson, Daily Hive

 

HR leaders in the Canadian tech community have put together a list of more than 90 companies that are currently hiring amidst the COVID-19 chaos.

 

Spearheaded by Shirley Andriesh, Erin Girard at Spare Labs, and Preet Jassal of the Vehicle Sales Authority of BC, the list is a living document that will include more employers as time goes on.

 

Job-seekers can currently access more than 2,000 open roles via the list.

 

Andriesh explains that the goal was to help people whose jobs are imperilled by the current situation. “I wanted to do something that would help them find their next opportunity until their primary industry gets back on its feet,” she says.

 

The initiative is a direct response to the unemployment and layoffs that have hit Canada hard since the coronavirus pandemic forced many businesses to close or scale back operations. Estimates by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) suggest that two million people could soon be out of work.

 

In response, the Federal Government has taken measures to expand Employment Insurance (EI) coverage and create an emergency fund to help those who are unable to work or have been laid off.

 

However, many companies are also taking matters into their own hands to support those currently looking for work. It’s also a sign of hope for the creators of the list. “The list shows that many businesses are continuing operations and are actively engaged in growing their teams,” says Jassal.

Job Maker of the Week

 

Shirley Andriesh, Erin Girard at Spare Labs, and Preet Jassal of the Vehicle Sales Authority of BC who have created a living document listing over 2,000 jobs with major employers that are actively hiring in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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