“They’re destroying the industry by creating a labour shortage,” said association director Tim Lambrinos. “The word exotic means foreign, and that’s what people want to see.”
The association has created a “six-point action plan” to help keep the dancers in Canada. The plan includes more recruitment of women in high schools and colleges, lobbying the government for changes, and if all else fails, the strippers plan to file refugee claims or marry Canadian citizens to sponsor them.
Lambrinos says girls 18 and older can work as dancers in Ontario according to advice from their lawyers.
He said recruiters from strip clubs will try to attract students by attending job fairs at high schools, colleges and universities in Toronto and surrounding areas.
“We are already doing some outreach work in some areas,” Lambrinos said. “We will be taking a strippers’ dance pole with us to the schools.”