International athletic clothing manufacturer Lululemon is threatening to pull its head office out of Vancouver and relocate where they can draw on the best talent worldwide.
The company employs about 3,300 people in Canada of which more than a thousand are in the Vancouver head office.
In a statement it warned “In order to continue to grow as a Canadian success story, we require – and will require – top experienced global talent.”
And their reasoning is very succinct and to the point, “Despite our investments in training and education, including partnerships with post-secondary institutions, Canada simply does not produce enough skilled, specialized workers to meet our demand. Our assessment of the effectiveness of the The Foreign Workers program is that it is not able to effectively and efficiently meet our industry’s labour market requirements.”
Lululemon is looking for exemptions that are now in place for the Canadian film industry, Microsoft Canada and universities. And even though local trade unions say the problem is not enough resources going to training for jobs and skills, the threat of the loss of the head office is real and should be dealt with some immediacy by the Federal Government.
A government report is expected in the next 120 days.