Its historic recreational decriminalization has induced stress upon lawmakers responsible for considering every unintended consequence of the historic legislation. Provincial governments and municipal administrations have enacted their respective bylaws, outlining various regulations designed to protect citizens from the unintended consequences of cannabis consumption. From apartment leases to impaired driving, civic facilities and public parks to youth advertising, employee conduct policies and youth protection, the legalization of recreational cannabis has its consequences.
But whether you’re a supporter or skeptic, it’s difficult to refute that legalizing recreational cannabis hasn’t incited job creation or stimulated the economy. With government stores open and more private businesses emerging, there’s evidence of major deficiencies in product – and talent.
More and more job postings in the cannabis industry are advertised, but many remain unfilled. Job portal Indeed reported that 25 out of every 10,000 new jobs posted are related to cannabis. The employers in this industry are searching for retail workers, executive assistants, quality assurance, and more. Niagara College launched a cannabis production program while the University of Guelph plans to start researching cannabis.
As top employers analyze the risk-reward of – and enter – the competition of the cannabis market, more jobs will be created. Deloitte estimated that approximately 150,000 jobs could be added in Canada over the next few years. The growing demand for cannabis talent has developed the need for recruitment services specializing in the cannabis sector.