Downtown Courtenay is home to more than 200 businesses, from retail and restaurant to accounting and law, arts and culture to beauty and personal care and there are a variety of positions available. File photo

Downtown Courtenay is home to more than 200 businesses, from retail and restaurant to accounting and law, arts and culture to beauty and personal care and there are a variety of positions available. File photo

Downtown Courtenay ready for jobseekers

‘Everyone has a great neighbour and we all look out for each other’

  • Oct. 1, 2021 12:30 p.m.

Downtown Courtenay has all their employment opportunities available in one spot thanks to a new ‘Work Downtown’ listing which has been added to their website.

Downtown Courtenay is home to more than 200 businesses, from retail and restaurant to accounting and law, arts and culture to beauty and personal care and there are a variety of positions available.

A quick online search shows that staffing shortages are common in recent months, and a visit anywhere retail confirms that with help wanted signs in many front windows.

Local small business owners feel this, too. Often juggling family and community involvement through sports, culture or volunteer activities while navigating small business life, they now find themselves filling in the employment gaps themselves.

There are many reasons for the global staff shortages: compensation, conditions and work/life balance.

In downtown Courtenay, there are actually many reasons to show up for work. Often, employees are alongside shop owners who care passionately about their business.

There is a sense of community in the three blocks between 4th and 6th streets and many staff know each other. History is celebrated with multigenerational businesses, historical buildings and cultural organizations. Downtown Courtenay produces many annual community events and is also home to very active arts and non-profit organizations.

“Downtown Courtenay has a wonderful, energetic vibe,” said Kerry Amos, owner of Curious Cat Unique Gifts. “Everyone has a great neighbour and we all look out for each other. We all have a goal to keep downtown alive and vibrant. It’s safe and friendly. If you would like a job that is very social and intimate, downtown Courtenay is the perfect place to work.”

Visit downtowncourtenay.com/about/work-downtown/ for a growing list of available positions.



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