Pot so hot in Canada that firms are importing workers
It was mid-summer, less than three months before Canada legalized recreational marijuana, and Vic Neufeld had a problem.
The chief executive officer of Aphria Inc. had just hired 50 people to work in the pot producer’s greenhouse in Leamington, Ont., and by the end of the first week all but eight had quit.
“Those are really hot, humid months and working in a greenhouse, as much cooling and airflow as we can provide, Jobs at Canadian cannabis growers and retailers have spiked after legalization.
is still pretty darn hot in July and August,” Neufeld said.
A lack of qualified local labour forced Aphria to dispose of almost 14,000 cannabis plants in the quarter ended Aug. 31 after they weren’t harvested in time, costing it nearly $1 million. Since then, the