FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 2021
BAY OF QUINTE – The Ontario government is supporting new research to find out what skills employers need now and in the future to provide good local jobs in the Quinte region. This investment will position the local economy for long-term success, while aiding recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today, Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, announced that the Quinte Economic Development Commission (QEDC) will receive $577,500 to assist local manufacturers in identifying specific needs and creating sector-specific awareness to fill an anticipated 2,100 job openings this year. They will also create a human resources guide to assist with attraction, ongoing, retention and training in a workplace changed by increasing automation. The work builds on previous QEDC efforts to survey employers about labour force challenges in the region.
“We know manufacturers are a driving economic force in the Quinte region and across Ontario. They create stable, well-paying jobs that support other businesses,” said Smith. “This announcement is good news for people and businesses right here. Investing in this research will help us to monitor employment trends to ensure we have the right mix of skilled workers to meet our needs for years to come.”
The project is part of Ontario’s Labour Market Partnerships program, which funds ongoing research into regional economic needs and employment pressures, so that municipalities, employment services and training partners have more information to conduct long-term planning.
“Hope is on the horizon and it’s essential we start thinking about the next stage of the economic recovery”, said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “That’s why our government continues to invest in research to help employers find workers with the training and skills needed for well-paying manufacturing jobs available today, and in the future.”
Chris King, the Chief Executive Officer of the QEDC, was pleased to receive the support.
“The manufacturing sector is a dominant economic driver in the Bay of Quinte region, providing over $500 million in annual payroll, as well as economic spin-off across the economy,” said King. “This funding will help address workforce needs in the sector, allowing companies to continue to grow, invest, and provide good-paying jobs in our community.”
Chandy Davis, the Chair of the Quinte Manufacturers Association also applauded the funding, noting it aligns well with the sector’s own planning.
“Manufacturers in the Bay of Quinte are proud of the products we produce and the jobs we create for the region. This funding is in direct response to the needs we identified and is a plan for continued growth and expansion in the manufacturing sector here in the Bay of Quinte Region. The Quinte Manufacturers Association greatly appreciates this support from the Ontario government.”
Ontario’s 2021 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy, includes measures to help workers and families recover from COVID-19 by investing an additional $614.3 million during 2020–21 and 2021–22 for employment and training supports, and proposing the new Ontario Jobs Training Tax Credit, a one-time credit that would provide up to $2,000 for workers who enroll in an eligible course or training program in 2021.
- In 2020-21, Ontario is investing $25.9 million into Labour Market Partnerships. There are currently 69 projects active across the province
- The Employment Ontario network includes more than 300 partner organizations across Ontario that offer a range of free services and supports that help businesses find workers and connect jobseekers to training and job opportunities.