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September 18, 2020

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Government of Ontario sets their legislative agenda for economic recovery
Government / Economic Planning

The Ontario government returned to the legislature this week, planning to continue implementing its approach to economic recovery. Officials claim, the government's fall legislative agenda will build on the work undertaken over the summer, focusing on job creation, skills training, attracting investment, strengthening communities, and fortifying the front lines of the province's health care system. 
Priorities for the upcoming session include:
  • Investing in Ontario's health care system to ensure the province is prepared for a potential second wave of COVID-19 and for any future public health challenges;
  • Building Ontario's production capacity for personal protective equipment, ventilators and other medical gear so the province never has to rely on any other jurisdiction again for these critical supplies;
  • Protecting families and those most vulnerable and helping them get back on their feet as the province reopens;
  • Helping young people and workers receive the skills training they need to join the modern workforce and contribute to the recovery of the province;
  • Accelerating the construction of critical highway, transit and broadband infrastructure projects to create jobs and boost the local economies of communities across Ontario;
  • Providing relief to Mainstreet Ontario and small business owners so they can recover from the impact of COVID-19 faster and get back to the work of building their business; and
  • Expanding manufacturing by creating the conditions to bring investment and jobs to the province and world-class, Ontario-made products to consumers around the world.
In March and through the summer, the legislature met for special sittings of the Assembly, which included public health protections to allow for the passage of emergency legislation. From March to July, the government was successful in passing 18 pieces of legislation, including emergency measures needed to protect public health and prepare for economic recovery, such as the Economic and Fiscal Update Act, the COVID-19 Support and Protection Act, the Protecting Small Business Act, and the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act. The expedited passage of much of this emergency legislation was unique in that it required the support and cooperation of the Official Opposition and independent Members.
Click here for a 'Full list of legislation passed during the summer session
Canada sheds payroll jobs for the sixth straight month in August according to ADP
Research / Employment Data

Canada lost 205,400 jobs in August, as hiring tumbled in the construction and the trade, transportation and utilities sectors, a report from payroll services provider ADP showed on Thursday.
Looking at the transition between July and August, only three industries posted positive numbers including: Finance / Real Estate; Leisure and Hospitality; and Other Services. 
It was the sixth straight month of decline after the July data was revised to show 523,000 jobs were lost rather than 1,149,800 jobs were gained. The report is derived from ADP's payrolls data and measures more than two million workers in Canada.
The following is a break-down of ADP's employment numbers for each sector:
Goods Producing:
  • Manufacturing | - 39,000  
  • Construction | - 86,200
  • Natural Resources and Mining |  - 1,300
Service Providing:
  • Trade/Transportation and Utilities | - 49,500
  • Information | - 2,500
  • Finance/Real Estate | 3,000
  • Professional/Business Services |  - 29,100

- Professional/Technical | - 18,400

- Management of Companies | - 2,800
- Administrative and Support |  - 8,000
  • Education & Health Care | - 13,000
- Educational Services |  - 6,000
- Health Care | - 7,000
  • Leisure and Hospitality | 6,800    
  • Other Services | 5,200    
Amazon to recruit 2,500 in Ontario
Transportation / Retail and Warehousing
Amazon.com is planning to create 2,500 new full-time jobs in Ontario. The company announced it is opening two new fulfillment centres in Hamilton and Ajax in 2021, bringing the total number of fulfillment centres in Ontario to 10 and 16 in Canada.
Amazon also recently added five new nearby delivery stations in Stoney Creek, Kitchener, Vaughan and Toronto (Etobicoke and Scarborough), which power the last mile of Amazon's order fulfillment process. Packages are transported to delivery stations from Amazon fulfillment and sortation centres, and then loaded into vehicles for delivery to customers.
Full-time employees at Amazon receive "competitive" hourly wages, benefits that include medical, vision and dental coverage, a group RRSP plan, stock awards, and performance-based bonuses starting on day one, says the company. Amazon will also pay up to 95 per cent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program's launch, more than 25,000 employees across the globe have pursued degrees, says the company.
Earlier this week, Amazon hosted a virtual 2020 Career Day, giving attendees the opportunity to learn more about the nearly 800 corporate and tech jobs currently available in many Canadian locations.
2020 marks the first time that the career day is open to Canadian jobseekers. Last year, 17,000 people attended Amazon Career Day events in six U.S. cities - and more than 200,000 people applied for jobs in the week leading up to the event

This Week in Social Media
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  • Not So Fast Ontario Employers: Ford Government Extends The COVID-19 Period To The 2021 New Year (Click Here) 
  • Canada Post Is Hiring In Ontario & Some Jobs Pay Over $20 An Hour (Click Here) 
  • VCCS receives more provincial funding for job training (Click Here)
  • Training providers applaud Ontario government's $37 million investment (Click Here) 




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Community Calendar
Career Development Events
Comfort Inn & Suites Goderich is Holding a Job Fair 
Tues Sept 22nd | 10am - 8pm
Location: 135 Gibbons St, Goderich, Ontario 

Automotive Sales Job Fair 
Wed Sept 23rd | 9am - 12pm
Location: 940 Wharncliffe Road South, London, Ontario 

Planta Restaurants is Holding a General Manager Job Fair
Fri Sept 25th | 11am - 2pm 
Location: 10 Temperance Street, Fl 5, Toronto, Ontario 

January 25 & 27, February 1 & 3, 2021
Virtual Conference

Job Postings
Career Development Employment

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Newcomer Employment Counsellor/Job Developer
YWCA Hamilton
Hamilton, Ontario
Closes: September 22, 2020
Link: Please Click Here

Youth Employment Councillor & Youth Worker *NEW*
Routes Youth Centre
Dundas, Ontario
Closes: September 25, 2020
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Job Developer/Workforce Specialist *NEW*
NEW Employment Services by Newcomer Women's Services Toronto
Toronto, Ontario
Closes: September 25, 2020
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Job Developer *NEW*
Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services
Toronto, Ontario
Closes: October 6, 2020
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Job Developer (Employment Recruiter/Job Coaching) *NEW*
Interval House
Toronto, Ontario
Closes: October 15, 2020
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Job Coach *NEW*
Meta Vocational Services Inc.
Bancroft, Ontario
Closes: Unknown
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Did you know?
Fascinating Facts

Spending on federal government employees is way up. Over a 12-year period, spending per full-time employee, or the equivalent in part-time workers, has grown annually by an average of 3.5 per cent. In dollars, spending rose from $30.6 billion in fiscal year 2006-2007 to $46.1 billion in the fiscal year that closed in March 2019. By comparison, the report says private-sector employment grew by 1.1 per cent between 2006 and 2019, and the average annual rate of inflation was 1.7 per cent.
- Parliamentary Budget Officer

Quote of the Week
Career Inspiration

"The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence."
- Confucius

In This Issue
Economic Recovery Plan
Canada Sheds Payroll Jobs
Amazon is Recruiting
6 Career Development Job Postings
Fascinating Facts About the Federal Government
Inspirational Quote About Inspiration

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