The idea of adding a work camp in the Saprae Creek Industrial Park is being scraped by the Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee.
Multiple hotel owners presented to the committee ensuring them they have more than enough space to accommodate hundreds of workers coming into the community.
Director of Fort McMurray Hotel Group Jean-Marc Guillamot says on any given night around 1,000 rooms are vacant. According to Committee Member Kim Jenkins, they’ve been told by Wood Buffalo Housing that 200 apartments are also available.
“If they were full, and we needed more places, we would look more favorable on this but to be very honest there’s capacity here right now and we don’t need more,” said Jenkins.
The cost was the biggest concern, as members didn’t want to see workers coming in and complaining they’re paying a boat load to help the community recover.
“From what I heard, they will be competitive with the market. I think the key there is a long-term stay is not treated as a single night in a hotel, which we know can be expensive,” said Jenkins.
He adds from what he heard at the latest meeting, he got the impression that these hotels will be competitive for their sake but also fair in their prices.