Thousands turn out in search of 700 jobs at Pearson Airport in Mississauga, Ontario

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Published February 23, 2024 at 8:21 am

Job fair at Pearson Airport in Mississauga February 2024
Thousands of people attended a job fair on Thursday hosted by Pearson Airport in Mississauga. (Photo: Pearson Airport X)

In what turned out to be the largest job fair Pearson Airport in Mississauga has hosted, officials say thousands of people vying for some 700 positions turned out to a hiring event on Thursday.

Pearson officials said the massive number of job seekers were looking to work in a variety of different positions at Canada’s biggest and busiest airport.

From baggage handlers to security and from customer service to food and beverage openings, Pearson is looking to fill positions both inside the terminals and on the tarmac up close to the largest aircraft in the world.

Some 30 employers took part in the job fair, according to Pearson.

More senior professional opportunities were also available at the job fair, which was held at the Toronto Congress Centre in Etobicoke from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In a post to social media on Thursday, Pearson officials said the hiring event was “set to be the biggest job fair we’ve hosted, and tickets were snapped up shortly after we announced the date.”

Later in the day, they added: “What an amazing turnout so far, with thousands people in attendance.”

Pearson Airport held two major job fairs last year as air travel ramped up following the elimination of COVID-19 restrictions and shutdowns that had been in place on and off from 2020 to 2022.

In January 2023, the airport held a career and job fair featuring 32 employers and last October hosted an event featuring 25 employers.

“With Canada’s aviation industry still gearing up from its pandemic shutdown,” Pearson is leading a new recruitment drive airport officials said at the time.

Thousands of people attended Thursday’s job fair hosted by Pearson Airport in Mississauga. (Photo: Pearson Airport X)

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