Thank you. I want to pick up on that same topic, so that was a good segue.
You mentioned this in your opening remarks as well, but you briefly touched on the idea of broad economic regions when it comes to the availability of the temporary foreign worker program as one of the pieces that can help to address some of the labour shortages.
For the benefit of some of the other members, I'll give some context first. The challenge here, with the broad economic regions, is that—and I'll use my area as an example, because it's a classic example of the problem. If you're in Banff or you're in Canmore in the Rocky Mountains, there's essentially zero unemployment. However, the barrier to being able to access the temporary foreign worker program is 6% unemployment, I think, and because the region is so broad, it can end up being over 6% because of communities far to the north of there that are primarily oil and gas communities where there's a lot of unemployment right now. That drags the entire region above 6%, even though in their niche area, they're far below. They're probably at zero. Many of our tourism areas are much the same. They're remote or resort types of communities.
Another example is Whistler. Another example is Cape Breton. Those are the kinds of places we're talking about, and there can be a real need for employment, yet in the broader region, maybe not. In Banff, for example, you're not going to get someone from Rocky Mountain House to come to Banff to work, because that's far too much to expect in terms of the commute, I think.
I want to get your comments on that. Also, because of the remoteness and the rural nature of tourism—much like some of the problems faced by agriculture, which does have its own stream—what would you think about the idea of a specific stream for tourism and hospitality-related jobs that could help fill some of those needs?