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The Ministry of Labour has again made significant strides in its overseas hotel workers programme by garnering further employment opportunities in Canada for Barbadians.

The Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Collingwood, Ontario will soon be employing an initial 20 Barbadians to work as Room attendants/Housekeepers during the winter tourist season from November to April next year.

This is the first time the resort will recruit workers from the Caribbean and this figure could rise to 50 Barbadian workers depending on the success of the new recruits.

Two representatives of Blue Mountain, Human Resources Advisor, Shelly Tripp and Human Resources Manager, Janet Hammond are presently in Barbados on a recruitment drive. Today they met with officials of the Ministry of Labour, led by Minister Eastmond, at its Belmont Road headquarters.

He was joined in the discussions by Permanent Secretary, Carston Simmons; Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary, Yolande Howard; Chief Labour Officer, Edla Lowe and Counsel/Liaison Officer in Canada, George Broome.

Mr. Eastmond thanked the employers for their interest in Barbados, noting that this represented a significant opportunity for Barbadian workers to “carry the flag” in Canada.

He also cautioned potential recruits, that living in Canada might be difficult initially due to its dissimilar culture but they could be successful if they applied themselves.

The Labour Minister cited examples of hotel workers at Taboo, Amelia Island and Myrtle Beach who had done Barbados proud and had been rewarded for their hard work with promotions and/or awards of recognition.

Ms. Tripp told the Minister that her company would ensure the workers were well taken care of, noting that they had decided to visit Barbados based on the favourable reports on the quality of their work.

She also took the opportunity to outline the expectations of the ski resort and discussed a number of pertinent issues with labour officials including wages, working hours, labour practices, accommodation, clothing provision for the Canadian climate, transportation and health medical insurance.

Ms. Hammond revealed that the resort was seeking to expand its service to a four season hotel and they were also considering hiring more workers during the summer.

The overseas programme employs hundreds of Barbadians at hotels across Canada and in the southern United States. They work in a variety of positions, including room attendants, servers, cooks, housekeepers and even some managerial posts.

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