Ontario Gains 43,900 Jobs in May
Province’s Economic Plan Supports Job Creation
Employment in Ontario increased by 43,900 in May as the government's economic plan continues to see results. This brings the total number of jobs added since the recessionary low in June 2009 to 554,100.
Since May of 2014, Ontario has gained 53,000 jobs. These gains in employment put the province above the pre-recession peak in 2008 by 281,600.
The province has recently announced a number of initiatives, including $9 million in programs aimed at increasing employment for people with disabilities. The Path to 2025: Ontario's Accessibility Action Plan will promote accessible employment, and help improve awareness among organizations through employer-focused programs.
Ontario also announced a $1.8 million investment in the new Abilities Connect Fund, in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. The fund will help provide job opportunities to people with disabilities, and fill existing workplace vacancies with talented employees who are ready, willing and able to work.
Creating jobs and opportunities is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- Ontario’s 10-year, $2.7 billion Jobs and Prosperity Fund is part of a comprehensive plan for creating jobs and growing the economy.
- Ontario’s unemployment rate is now lower than the Canadian average.
- About 30 per cent of businesses in Ontario have vacancies they cannot fill due to a lack of qualified candidates.
- Approximately 43 per cent of people with disabilities in Ontario have a postsecondary education, but face unemployment rates that are 30 per cent higher than the rest of the population.
- The Martin Prosperity Institute estimated that embracing accessibility would increase our gross domestic product by approximately $7.9 billion per year.
“Our government is focused on strategic investments in our people and businesses to ensure our economy remains globally competitive and continues to thrive. I’m pleased with the continued economic growth and steady job creation in the province to date, but we have more work to do. Helping Ontarians with disabilities find meaningful employment is also a top priority of our government, and we are working hard to help build a thriving economy where people of all abilities have the opportunity to reach their true potential.”