McGuinty Government Invites Durham Region Partners To Develop New Economic Strategy

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McGuinty Government Invites Durham Region Partners To Develop New Economic Strategy

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Plan To Include Quick Access To Job Training And Support for Laid-off Workers TORONTO, Sept. 7 - The McGuinty government will work with the City of Oshawa and community partners to develop a community-wide strategy to help revitalize and diversify the local economy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, Chris Bentley said today. "Durham Region and Oshawa have been hit with a series of layoffs, including those recently announced at GM," Bentley said. "Our goal is to work with the community, employers and workers to develop local solutions for maintaining economic growth and to get skilled workers back into the workforce as quickly as possible." The government will invest $150,000 in the initial planning and has invited municipal economic development partners and other key community stakeholders in the area to partner in developing a community-wide adjustment strategy. As part of developing an adjustment strategy, the partners will: - Review the economic and human resource situation, and analyse the existing employer base within Durham Region and the potential ripple effect of layoffs in other regions - Develop a plan to address identified problem areas in the community - Identify priorities for revitalization and potential diversification strategies - Create a service action plan to support affected workers which may include opening of a re-employment and training action centre in Durham Region. The Ontario government is also ready to offer its Rapid Re-employment Training Service to GM and other laid-off workers to help them access the skills and training they need to quickly re-enter the workforce. The government has invested $20 million in this service to support an estimated 15,000 workers in 90 communities in accessing skills and training. Services and programs offered under the Rapid Re-employment Training Service include: - Forming special teams within communities where businesses have closed to help develop re-employment action plans for affected workers - Reducing red tape so workers can quickly access customized training, skills upgrading, job placement and relocation services - Helping laid-off apprentices find new placements and accelerating their in-school learning. Contact Info Programs and services for workers include: job-search assistance, training information, vocational and educational counselling, personal support in dealing with the stress of job loss, financial counselling and information about starting a small business. "Our government is dedicated to helping communities such as Oshawa and the whole of Durham region by working with community leaders, employers like GM and the local unions on ways to assist the industry and workers adjust to a highly competitive global marketplace," said Bentley. Disponible en français www.edu.gov.on.ca www.resultsontario.gov.on.ca Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- RAPID RE-EMPLOYMENT TRAINING SERVICE ASSISTS JOB-THREATENED WORKERS The McGuinty government has invested $20 million in its Rapid Re-employment Training Service to help job-threatened and laid-off workers across Ontario. This investment will provide support to an estimated 15,000 workers in 90 communities in accessing the skills and training they need to quickly re-enter the workforce. Services and programs under the Rapid Re-employment Training Service include: - Forming special teams within communities where businesses have closed to help develop re-employment action plans for affected workers - Reducing red tape so workers can quickly access customized training, skills upgrading, job placement and relocation services - Helping laid-off apprentices find new placements and accelerating their in-school learning. How it Works Under the Rapid Re-employment Training Service, a rapid response team is deployed to a community when a public announcement is made regarding a major downsizing or closing. The response team is made up of representatives from relevant government ministries who will partner with community organizations, municipal government officials and union representatives to develop a service action plan. The service Action Plan will detail the government's response to the announcement and will outline the roles of the service providers in the community who will be delivering the services. The action plan will be put in place within 30 days of the initial response. The action plan, which is available to the community, outlines the Ontario government's response to the closure by identifying programs and services available to workers including: - Quick access to customized training, skills upgrading, job placement, income support and relocation services. - Workplace literacy programs to support workers in learning new processes and technologies. A local adjustment committee, led by an independent chair, will be established to co-ordinate the implementation of the action plan. Members of the committee may be drawn from among the affected workers, the union, the employer and the local community. Individual plans for workers will be developed based on the individual's skills, abilities and goals and will identify any gaps between those skills and the jobs available in the marketplace. Analysis of local labour market information is a key component of these plans. Every laid-off worker will have an action plan within 15 days of his or her initial assessment and will have access to customized training, skills upgrading, job placement and relocation services. Service Commitment As part of the Rapid Re-employment Training Service, the government is making a service commitment to: - Respond within one hour of a public announcement of major downsizing or closing - Provide one-stop access to programs and services for affected workers through a co-ordinated response - Develop individual action plans, including training where appropriate, within 15 days of each initial assessment - Develop a Service Action Plan detailing the government's response and outlining the roles of local service providers within 30 days of the initial response. This initiative is part of Employment Ontario, Ontario's training and employment network. Employment Ontario provides close to $1 billion in integrated training, apprenticeship and labour market services to more than 900,000 people and businesses in all regions of the province. Information about Employment Ontario services in communities across the province is available online at www.ontario.ca/employmentontario, or by calling 1-800-387-5656. Contacts: Tanya Blazina Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities 416-325-2746 Disponible en français www.edu.gov.on.ca www.resultsontario.gov.on.ca For further information: Emily Bain, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1609; Tanya Blazina, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746; Public Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Emily Bain, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1609; Tanya Blazina, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746; Public Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892