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Ontario investing $757K for laid-off workers in Oshawa

The new job training centre will provide services and supports for up to 1,700 workers from independent parts supplier companies impacted by the closure at the GM Plant in Oshawa

March 3, 2020  by CM Staff

PHOTO: GM Oshawa Assembly Plant/GM Canada

The Ontario government is investing $757,664 to help laid-off workers through a new action centre in Oshawa, which will provide services and supports for up to 1,700 workers from independent parts supplier companies that were impacted by the closure at the General Motors Assembly Plant 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 new centre is in partnership with Unifor, and connects workers with job and training opportunities, counselling services and workshops to help them improve their job search, résumé writing and interview skills.

Monte McNaughton, Ontario’s minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, said in a prepared statement, “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.”

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Jerry Dias, Unifor’s national president, added, “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.”

The provincial government says a job fair is also being organized on Apr. 22 at Durham College in Oshawa to help connect workers more quickly with local job opportunities.