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July 28, 2011

NEWS RELEASE: BC Cherry Growers Hit by Labour Shortage

July 27th, 2011 (Kelowna) – The cherry harvest in the Okanagan is in full swing, or it would be if there were enough workers to pick the cherries. 

Reports from Oliver indicate a shortage of about 200 workers in cherry harvesting and sorting.  The workforce is a combination of local and Quebecois youth, as well as foreign workers.  This year, the funding for the Okanagan French Employment Service Centre was cut off by the federal government.  As a result, fewer Quebecois youth are in the Okanagan and there is a shortage of workers for cherry harvest.

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