Ontario Gains 35,300 Jobs in February
New Ontario Government Focused on Economic Growth and Job Creation
Employment in Ontario rose by 35,300 jobs, including an increase in youth employment of almost 21,000. In February, Ontario created nearly 70 per cent of all new jobs in Canada.
Job creation and economic growth are top priorities for the new Ontario government. Since the recessionary low of June 2009, full-time employment in Ontario has increased by 380,600 net jobs. And the province continues to outpace the United Kingdom, the United States, and the Great Lakes States in job creation.
The new Ontario government is committed to balancing the budget by 2017-18 in a way that is both fiscally responsible and fair, while creating jobs for the people of this province.
- The government has hosted three jobs roundtables across the province, working with businesses, entrepreneurs, and local leaders to generate more jobs and opportunity in Ontario communities.
- The government is committed to working with the non-profit and private sectors to help youth, people with disabilities, new Canadians, and the unemployed find jobs.
- Ontario has the second-largest ICT sector in North America, employing more than 270,000 people, and accounting for half the ICT workers in Canada.
- Ontario’s life sciences sector is the second-largest in North America.
- Toronto has the second-largest financial services centre in North America.
“The well-being of our families and communities is inextricably linked to a sustainable, growing economy. These gains demonstrate that Ontario is moving in the right direction, raising the confidence of investors, increasing innovation and productivity, and—most importantly—creating jobs for people across the province.”