We Need Jobs

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The number one issue facing our region today is jobs. With the country's lowest workforce participation, compounded by a shortage of secure and stable work, the people of this area are hurting and our futures are in jeopardy. There is no silver bullet, and it will take systems change and coordinated efforts to fix this growing problem.

The number one issue facing our region today is jobs. With the country's lowest workforce participation, compounded by a shortage of secure and stable work, the people of this area are hurting and our future is in jeopardy. There is no silver bullet, and it will take systems change and coordinated efforts to fix this growing problem.

Here are a few of the items I'll prioritize addressing:

  • Pursue regional economic solutions. Our location is a natural hub for Southwestern Ontario's major industries. We'll initially create new jobs by developing our role as a central location for business services and industry infrastructure like processing and distribution. In turn, our agricultural and manufacturing sectors will be strengthened, creating even more jobs.

  • Fix the support programs intended to help businesses become employers or increase their workforce. Right now, they favour other Ontario regions and they're difficult to access, so residents here aren't benefitting from them. We also need to improve access to business services for immigrants, who are statistically more likely to become job creators but often aren't directed toward appropriate support.

  • Make a strong case for our region of Southwestern Ontario to be included in the Province of Ontario's growth plans, where we are currently excluded. We have a great deal to offer and are an important part of this province's future—investment plans need to recognize that.

  • Create a province-wide network that allows individuals in affordable housing to transfer between jurisdictions. This will allow people to pursue job opportunities without being dropped to the bottom of the list for support.

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