Global News reports that hotels in Banff National Park are experiencing a labour shortage this year. As the popular destination heads into its peak visiting season, the hospitality industry is so far unprepared to welcome the thousands of people set to flood the area.
A dearth of foreign workers as a result of federal policy changes is in part to blame. The government announced in 2015 that it was "overhauling the Temporary Foreign Worker Program" (TFWP).
"The Government of Canada is introducing a cap to limit the proportion of low-wage temporary foreign workers that a business can employ. The cap will significantly restrict access to the TFWP, while ensuring that Canadians are always considered first for available jobs," according to a statement.
"It is expected that this measure alone will cut in half the number of low-wage temporary foreign workers once fully implemented," the government explained in the 2015 announcement.
Businesses in Banff and Lake Louise are struggling as a result, Global News explains.
For many young Canadians, this could be an opportunity to spend the summer in the most popular national park in the country. Permanent settlement is also an option. Global News reports that the scarcity of workers has become a yearlong issue.
Montreal's iconic Greenspot restaurant is selling hot dogs for $0.74 this weekend, September 18 and 19, to celebrate its 74th anniversary.
On Facebook, the Saint-Henri institution says it's converting its small parking lot on avenue Greene into a picnic area for the event.
And the wiener fun doesn't stop there. Greenspot is having a contest on its Instagram page where followers have the chance to win 74 hot dogs — a prize they can redeem at their discretion.
The restaurant invites followers to share the Instagram post and tag three friends to enter the contest.
Daily two-for-one deals have also been part of the 74th-anniversary celebrations.
Dating back to 1947, Greenspot serves American and Quebec diner classics (including a long list of hearty poutines) amid retro decor (including individual table jukeboxes — they don't work but they're super charming!).
Get the details on the 74th-anniversary hot dog deal below.
Greenspot Diner 74¢ Hot Dogs
When: September 18 and 19, 2021
Where: Greenspot restaurant, 3041, rue Notre-Dame O, Montreal, QC