Red Lake Tim Hortons cuts hours after foreign worker program changes

Coffee drinkers in Red Lake who go to Tim Hortons will have to make other plans during the evening and overnight hours, as the popular coffee shop can no longer use the temporary foreign worker program to staff its restaurant.
Camille Parma, Realaine Perdna and Randy Andaya are Tim Horton's employees in Red Lake, who are from the Philippines. The temporary foreign workers were employed at the Red Lake location in August 2013. (Jeff Walters/CBC)

Coffee drinkers in Red Lake who go to Tim Hortons will have to make other plans during the evening and overnight hours, as the popular coffee shop can no longer use the temporary foreign worker program to staff its restaurant.

Red Lake resident Tom Doherty said the foreign workers — who hail from the Philippines — will be missed.

“They would always be a part of any social function that was within the community,” he said.

“So, we're missing that aspect of their friendship, and of their stories that they would share."

Doherty added there are no other non-alcoholic establishments now open into the evening in the community.

Tim Hortons confirms it is going through a "staffing transition" throughout the month of June, but expects to have longer operating hours by the end of the month.

Doherty said he wonders if the changes to Canada’s temporary foreign worker program will hinder future development in the community.

“We don't have the workforce,” he said, commenting on the fact Red Lake has trouble recruiting workers to the remote northwestern Ontario community. He noted there’s a sign in the area touting a possible new Dairy Queen franchise.

“We don't have the people to fulfill those job needs if there's a growth within any type of new business that comes into town."

Doherty also remarked that the reduced evening hours means Red Lake residents “don't have too many non-alcoholic establishments … it was a nice place to be able to go and enjoy a beverage of choice that wasn't with alcohol."

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