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Lab West organizations are losing vital summer hires to high-paying mine employment

Nfld and Labrador

Key takeaways: 

  • Iron Ore Company of Canada pays students only over $36 an hour.
  • Organizations in Labrador West struggle to contend with the area’s mines to employ students for summer positions. 

Firms across Newfoundland and Labrador have started their annual hiring of students to fill summer jobs. Still, in Labrador West, small community and municipal institutions are struggling to compete with the funds offered by mining firms to a small labor pool.

In a recent Facebook post, the Town of Labrador City stated it had to revoke its full-day summer program, which depends heavily on post-secondary student hires, due to a staff shortage.

Maggie Guilbeault, president of the Labrador West Minor Soccer Association, informed CBC News her organization has had to bring creativity in its hiring and is reaching out to high school students.

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Firms across Newfoundland and Labrador have started their annual hiring of students to fill summer jobs

“Our students are going to the mine. So we have reduced the age to accommodate that problem,” Guilbeault said.

It’s probably an easy decision for students to take up summer employment with mining firms in Labrador. The Iron Ore Company of Canada, for instance, pays students just over $36 an hour to work in various roles at its mine in Labrador City till Aug. 26. 

Organizations and community programs that can’t afford to spend comparative salaries are losing out on staff members they rely on to get them through the summer.

Source – cbc.ca

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