FREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s hashish retailer is shedding workers, saying it has a greater understanding of “operational wants” three months after the historic legalization of leisure marijuana.
Hashish NB mentioned many of the about 60 layoffs concerned folks with seasonal contracts, however some are part-time or full-time staff.
Spokeswoman Marie-Andree Bolduc mentioned Thursday that regardless of provide challenges, operations have normalized on the 20 shops and so they now perceive the wants of every outlet.
“This determination is consultant of regular new retail trade operations and long-term fiscal duty,” she mentioned in an electronic mail.
She mentioned it is tough to take a position whether or not the availability issues which have plagued hashish retailers throughout the nation had been an element.
“Provide points could have contributed, nevertheless based mostly on present site visitors and interplay time with clients we’re assured that at the same time as provide continues to stabilize and we broaden our portfolio, that our present workforce has the capability to ship the anticipated buyer expertise and training and handle retailer operations,” she mentioned.
Beneath the previous Liberal authorities, New Brunswick had seen legalized hashish as inexperienced gold — an opportunity to rake in income and create manufacturing and retail jobs, with a neighborhood school program developed for hashish technicians.
Bolduc mentioned among the laid-off workers could also be rehired sooner or later.
“In making ready for the launch of the brand new authorized hashish trade, Hashish NB wished to make sure that a well-trained, certified workforce was constructed that was giant sufficient to arrange the retail areas, fill the work schedules and ship the fitting buyer expertise and training based mostly on demand,” she mentioned.
“The groups and roles had been structured to permit flexibility within the supply of the client expertise wanted and handle expectations that staffing of shops could change after launch.”
Bolduc says they will be releasing quarterly gross sales figures on the finish of January.
In the meantime, neighbouring Nova Scotia will not be taking a look at any layoffs on account of provide shortages, mentioned provincial Finance Minister Karen Casey.
The province has solely 12 outlets run by the Nova Scotia Liquor Company, which will get its provide from licensed producers based mostly in Nova Scotia, P.E.I., New Brunswick, Ontario and Alberta.
Casey mentioned a second Nova Scotia producer has just lately gotten approval from Well being Canada, which has helped with the availability crunch, whereas a 3rd is ready for approval.
“We had been anticipating a higher demand over the Christmas season that we did obtain, so it helped to stability that (shortages) out,” mentioned Casey.
She mentioned not like New Brunswick, her province didn’t lock staff into contracts starting with the unique roll out date of July 1. Casey mentioned Nova Scotia shops are additionally staffed by some everlasting part-time employees.
“So we’re not subjected to the state of affairs that they (New Brunswick) are, the place they’ve staff and no work and have to put them off,” she mentioned.
Casey mentioned the actual fact Nova Scotia operates with fewer shops has been a consider retaining jobs.
“I feel that strategy has allowed us to higher handle provide demand and never have to take a look at layoffs.”