‘Some companies are even going to be adjusting their work and what they do because there's going to be more funds available to work in areas like telecommunications’
While some companies have been forced to cut hours of work for employees and even close shop completely, several employers are now looking to hire a number of workers as they remain open amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, according to a The Canadian Press report.
Montreal-based telehealth services provider Dialogue Technologies is in need of 250 new employees – including nurse clinicians and practitioners, social workers and psychologists – to keep up with a ‘sharp’ increase in demand.
“We had 700 companies working with us before the crisis and now we're up to nearly 800,'' said Cherif Habib, co-founder and CEO of Dialogue Technologies, according to the report.
Retailers Loblaw and Shoppers Drug Mart also posted job openings across the country this week, seeking pharmacists, pharmacy assistants, grocery clerks, warehouse assemblers and merchandisers.
Walmart Canada is also looking for 10,000 new workers amid the pandemic, according to a Canadian HR Reporter article.
“This is an extraordinarily difficult time, but Walmart Canada will do all we can for the well-being of our customers, our neighbours and our associates,” said Horacio Barbeito, president and CEO of Walmart Canada.
On Tuesday, Quebec Premier Francois Legault said 10,000 people had sent in resumes to help the health-care industry. More than 3,000 nurses in Ontario had also stepped forward by Monday afternoon after the Registered Nurses' Association asked for help answering telehealth phone lines.
Henry Goldbeck, president of Vancouver-based Goldbeck Recruiting, believes that aside from hiring, some companies will also be realigning their businesses.
“Some companies are even going to be adjusting their work and what they do because there's going to be more funds available to work in areas like telecommunications,” he said.