October 26, 2022 3:42pm
The Ontario government has appointed Stratford-Bruce Peninsula Employment Services Consortium as the regional Employment Services system manager (SSM).
The Consortium will fund and support the employment services network for Bruce County, Grey County, Huron County, Perth County, and Stratford.
The province will provide about $9.8 million annually for employment services for the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula economic region
The services are expected to support approximately 5,000 individuals.
Bruce County will lead the Consortium, which will be fully implemented over the upcoming year.
“The opportunity for local employment services leadership represents an exciting milestone for the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula economic region. This will enable us to work closely with local employment service providers and community partners to respond to the diverse needs of job seekers and employers across the region,” said Bruce County Warden Janice Jackson, speaking on behalf of the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula Employment Services Consortium.
“In the middle of the greatest labour shortage in a generation which is increasing the cost of living for families, it’s all hands on deck,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. “To build a stronger Ontario that works for everyone, we have to help the 800,000 people who rely on social assistance get back on their feet. That is why we are revolutionizing Ontario’s employment services, so that anyone who wants to, can find a job they are proud of, earn a bigger paycheque and make their dreams a reality.”