New project launching to solve labour issues in Timmins

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Media Release
October 1, 2018
For immediate release

The latest issue of Working Together, a local labour market plan created by the Far Northeast Training Board (FNETB), states that 76.9% of employers in our region are experiencing staffing issues.

As a result, some firms are halting plans for expansion and restructuring due to increasing employee turnover rates and a lack of applicants. “If you take a walk throughout the business sections of the city or browse online career pages, you’ll notice endless help wanted ads and job postings,” said Julie Joncas, executive director of the FNETB.

To address these issues, the TEDC, the Employers Council and other partners are launching the Employer Recruitment and Retention Strategies Project, funded by the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). Jessica West, the project coordinator, will undertake outreach activities and work one-on-one with employers to develop best practices for recruitment and retention.

Mike Resetar, co-chair of the Employers Council said, “This project encourages sustainable growth in our city by reinforcing that fact that Timmins is an attractive place to work and live.” Reports, fact sheets and presentations will be available to help businesses strengthen and retain their workforce and encourage future expansions.

Project partners include:

  • NOHFC
  • FNETB
  • Employers Council
  • Timmins Chamber of Commerce
  • Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board
  • Northern College
  • Collège Boréal
  • Timmins And District Hospital
  • Clearlogic Consulting Professionals

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For more information, contact Kelsey Luxton, communications coordinator, at kelsey.luxton@timmins.ca or (705) 360-2600 x 7083.

About the NOHFC

The NOHFC is a non-profit organization that promotes and stimulates economic development initiatives in Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects that stabilize, diversify and foster the economic growth and diversification of the region.

About the TEDC

The TEDC is the city’s non-profit community economic development team. We facilitate and support economic and social activity that creates jobs, diversifies the economy and improves quality of life.