Kamloops and District Labour Council – Monday, June 20, 2022 14:22:37 Asks:

Many municipalities are facing ongoing problems and are dealing with staffing issues as part of the current health care crisis. Describe from a local government perspective how would you plan to recruit workers to our community?

Mainly recruiting is about offering a great place to live, work, and play. I was recently speaking to a pediatrician who pointed out that health care professionals are big into active living, so we need to get serious on building out active transportation infrastructure like bike lanes if we want to attract new doctors. We have some great assets like our proximity to Sun Peaks to market ourselves. A Centre for the Arts would help and, of course, building more and better housing and working with our schools to get childcare offered more widely than just Ralph Bell and Happyvale elementary.

There are, however, some things we can do around zoning and planning to embrace the future of medicine, which is hives/hubs of healthcare professionals, often interdisciplinary. This is the model we see at the Orchard's Walk in Valleyview. I would like us to examine the use of a revitalization tax exemption (RTE) to build a location like these in every neighborhood.