Greater Victoria’s Chamber of Commerce is refocusing its job board to help those who are now unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The chamber will now focus on connecting current employment opportunities with workers specifically impacted by businesses that have closed because of the travel shutdown and the need for social distancing.
While many stores and services are closing, other job opportunities are surfacing as the businesses still running and essential services are facing an increase in workload.
“There has been a lot of attention focused on layoffs but we’re also hearing from many employers who are struggling to fill positions in their organizations,” Chamber CEO Catherine Holt said.
“The Chamber continues to call on all levels of government to provide immediate relief for businesses affected during this ongoing crisis.”
The Chamber says connecting people to employment will sustain Victoria’s economy and help ensure that everyone can recover as soon as is possible.
“Workers in the hospitality industry have many transferable skills that are in demand during these extraordinary times,” said the Chamber in a statement on their website.
“We need healthy people to help keep our grocery stores and pharmacies stocked and suppled, drivers to deliver goods to customers, cleaners to ensure our care homes and hospitals are safe.”
Victoria is also in need of people who can help accountants and banks as they try to process a large increase in workload.
Right now employers are able to post open positions for free by using the code SUPPORTYYJ.