Ontario Continues to Lead the Nation in Job CreationPublished on December 03, 2021
Government helping businesses to stay open, stay safe and grow while supporting workers and attracting good-paying jobs to Ontario
TORONTO – Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, issued the following statement following today’s monthly employment release by Statistics Canada:
“Employment in Ontario increased by 68,100 in November, almost all of which are full-time jobs, continuing a positive trend as employment continues to rise above pre-pandemic levels for the third month in a row. Ontario now has nearly 115,000 more jobs than it did before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in February 2020, and we continue to lead Canada in job creation.
Thanks to hard work and resilience of the people of Ontario, our province is on the right track. With Ontario’s ambitious vaccine rollout, we have one of the highest vaccination rates in the world. It will help to keep our families, communities, and workplaces safe while keeping businesses open during the holiday season.
We’re also looking beyond the pandemic. We’re making bold investments to attract new, good-paying jobs for workers today, and to position our province at the centre of new global industries that will build a stronger, more sustainable Ontario in the years ahead.
For example, we continue to strengthen and transform Ontario’s auto industry to build the cars of the future. In November, we launched Phase 2 of our Auto Strategy: Driving Prosperity ― The Future of Ontario’s Automotive Sector. In response to the global demand for hybrid and electric vehicles and battery manufacturing, Phase 2 will:
- Establish and support an electric battery supply chain ecosystem that connects Northern Ontario’s mineral wealth with the manufacturing might of Southern Ontario
- Leverage Ontario’s global competitive advantages to ignite growth along every stage of EV research and development – from creation, to design, to the adoption of new products and services and infrastructure
- Continue to support over 100,000 vehicle assembly and auto parts jobs and the hundreds of thousands more spin-off jobs and benefits for domestic parts producers, workers, startups and innovators across the province.
And just yesterday, we launched the new Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN). Through OVIN, we have committed $56.4 million over the next four years to put Ontario innovators, entrepreneurs, and SME’s at the forefront of global demand for electric and autonomous vehicles, and related technologies and infrastructure.
Together, DPP2 and OVIN will build on the strength of our auto, mining, ICT and cleantech sectors. This means more good-paying, in-demand, highly skilled jobs to support workers and their families.
As companies and jobs flock to Ontario, we want to ensure that our workers are trained to have the skills they need to succeed now and in the future. To ensure that workers have the skills they need to win these jobs and continue driving Ontario’s economic recovery, we’re helping more people retrain for new careers and opportunities by boosting the $87.4 million Second Career program. We’re also proposing to extend the Ontario Jobs Training Tax Credit to 2022 and investing an additional $90.3 million over three years starting in 2021–22 in the Skilled Trades Strategy.
While we continue to move forward with caution, one of our top priorities remains making Ontario open for business. That means creating and protecting jobs for workers, supporting businesses and increasing investment and trade, so that our economy can rebound and thrive. While there is still plenty of work to be done, our government will continue to strengthen Ontario’s role as the economic engine of Canada and ensure that no corner of the province is left behind.”