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Supporting Auto Parts Workers in Durham Region

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Supporting Auto Parts Workers in Durham Region

New Action Centre provides job training and services

OSHAWA - Ontario is helping manufacturing workers in the Durham region get the training they need to rejoin the workforce quickly. 

On behalf of Minister McNaughton, Whitby MPP Lorne Coe announced the opening of a second Action Centre to provide services and supports to help up to 1700 workers from Independent Parts Supplier companies that were impacted by the closure at the General Motors Assembly Plant in Oshawa. The Action Centre is in partnership with Unifor.

The new Centre connects workers with job and training opportunities, counselling services and workshops that help them improve their job search, résumé writing and interview skills.

A job fair is also being organized on April 22, 2020 at Durham College in Oshawa to help connect workers more quickly with local job opportunities.  

"With this new Action Centre, we're helping more workers who were impacted by the closure of the GM Assembly Plant in Oshawa," said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. "We know this is a challenging time for many workers and families. Our government stands with the people in Durham region, and we will continue to help those affected by the closure adjust and retrain so they can quickly rejoin the workforce."

"The Ontario government's investment in this action centre will provide our members with the vital peer-led support and employment services during this difficult transition period," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. "Our union strongly supported situating the action centre within the Unifor Local 222 hall, which will provide our members with continued Unifor support and a comfortable and familiar environment in which to access these vital services."

Ontario's Rapid Re-employment and Training Service and local Action Centres are dedicated to connecting job-seekers with immediate supports and quick access to training for good, quality jobs. 

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing $757,664 to help laid-off workers through the new Independent Parts Supplier Action Centre in Oshawa.
  • In fall 2019, a first Action Centre was opened on the General Motors premises in Oshawa. That Centre focuses on training and support for former GM employees.
  • The Employment Ontario network offers a range of services and supports that help businesses find talent and connect job-seekers to training and job opportunities.

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“Oshawa and Durham Region are grateful for the assistance offered by the staff and volunteers at the new training centre. The services the Centre provides are important to laid off workers, their families and our local economy.”

Dan Carter

Oshawa Mayor

“We have seen, first-hand, the positive impact that this action centre has had in Durham Region. As a direct result of their services and dedicated support, these talented, smart and ambitious workers continue to contribute to this region’s economic success.”

John Henry

Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer

“Our government stands by workers and families in Durham Region and across Ontario. Our investment helps the dedicated staff at the new Action Centre offer real assistance to workers looking for a new job.”

Lorne Coe

MPP Whitby

“Our government is working with all levels of government, and with other community stakeholders, to support affected workers in the auto parts industry and make sure they get the support and services they need.”

Peter Bethlenfalvy

President of the Treasury Board and MPP Pickering—Uxbridge

“We’re committed to helping affected workers get back on their feet with the services and training they need to be successful in their next job.”

Rod Phillips

Minister of Finance and MPP Ajax

“The new Action Centre will help up to 1,700 workers from parts supplier companies impacted by GM’s changes in Oshawa. Our government stands shoulder to shoulder with workers and their families.”

Lindsey Park

MPP Durham

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