Changes Coming to Employment Services in Mississauga


Published July 10, 2019 at 9:02 pm


If you use special services to help you find employment in Brampton or Mississauga, you should note that the provincial government has proposed some changes to said services. 

The changes are part of a move to overhaul Employment Ontario, the province’s network of employment and training programs that supports job seekers and employers. 

About one million people are served by Employment Ontario annually.

The province recently announced that it’s planning on changing employment services with a new system that “focuses on the needs of local communities, workers and employers to help Ontarians get good, quality jobs.” 

In short, the government says the more one-on-one approach will better link employers with employees. 

Beginning Fall 2019, the new employment services model will launch in the Region of Peel (which includes Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon), Hamilton-Niagara and Muskoka-Kawarthas. 

Employment services across the rest of the province will move to the new system starting in 2022.

“We want all Ontarians to have the skills they need to get a good job. Unfortunately, current employment services are not delivering results and often don’t provide people looking for a job with a clear path to employment,” said Ross Romano, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.

“Our government is creating a stronger employment services system for Ontarians, including those on social assistance. Our new model will be easy to use, be more localized and create better outcomes for workers and communities.”  

The government says the changes will create an easy and efficient system to meet the employment needs of all businesses, communities and job seekers, including those on social assistance or with a disability.

It also says the change will deliver employment services in a way that better matches the needs of the local economy in each community.

The plan also involves selecting service system managers who will plan and deliver employment services at a local level and receive funding based on achieving results.

The selection of service system managers for the three regions will be determined through a competitive process later this summer and will be open to any public, not-for-profit or private sector organization.

“By helping people find jobs and making Ontario open business, we can make life easier for hard-working families and individuals and return Ontario to its rightful place as the economic engine of Canada,” said Romano.

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