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Mayor launches strategy to tackle Toronto's employment challenges Special

Posted Oct 22, 2012 by Andrew Moran
This week, the City of Toronto will establish a series of events, initiatives and programs to connect job seekers and employers as part of Workforce Development Week. Mayor Rob Ford helped kick off the week-long event Monday.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks at the Workforce Development launch in the city s east-end to help pro...
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks at the Workforce Development launch in the city's east-end to help promote youth employment and partner with the private sector.
In Toronto, the unemployment rate is at nearly 10 percent and the youth unemployment is close to double that. During a city council meeting in March, the mayor and councillors endorsed the “Working as One: A Workforce Development Strategy for Toronto” report.
The report offered three important objectives: employers’ workforce needs addressed, unemployed residents have access to jobs and resources that offer value to employers, employees and communities.
Many job seekers and employers have complained in the past that it is difficult to access, plan and manage services. With the Workforce Development Week, those offering employment and those seeking a job can connect with week-long events, job fairs and other opportunities.
The mayor helped launch the City’s Workforce Development Strategy at an employment office inside of the Golden Mile mall in the city’s east-end. Ford highlighted some of this week’s events, including recruitment, employment centre open houses, information fair and sharing success stories.
Ford called the week-long event a model of connecting employers and workers by making the Workforce Development services “streamline, accessible and effective.” He added that addressing the various obstacles that employers and employees face will help the city’s economy and the communities across Toronto.
“Let me give you some facts, folks, last year alone, just in one year, the city’s employment and social services division helped more than 33,000 residents find jobs. That’s fantastic, that’s good news, but we need to build on our success,” stated the mayor.
“Together we can enhance our efforts to assist job seekers and employers alike. We must continue to help employers address their workforce needs and challenges, reach out the community and inform them of the jobs available and learn about the best way to meet the needs of employers and job seekers.”
Here is a list of some of the events taking place in Toronto:
- Loblaw Recruitment Event (Oct. 22)
- Networking Event for Engineers (Oct. 23)
- Partnership to Advance Youth Employment (PAYE) Forum (Oct. 24)
- City of Toronto Career and Information Fair (Oct. 25)
- Crossways Employment Services Open House (Oct. 26)
For more information on the complete schedule of events, click here.