Ontario Leads the Nation in Job CreationPublished on November 05, 2021
Government helps businesses stay open and stay safe as more people return to the workplace
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 37,000 in October, marking another significant milestone of employment as it continues to rise above pre-pandemic levels. Ontario now has 45,600 more jobs than it did before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, we know there is still much more work to do, and maintaining a healthy workforce is critical to our continued economic growth. That’s why in the 2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: Build Ontario released yesterday, our government is committed to working for workers:
- To protect and create jobs in the automotive sector, the Province has secured investment commitments of $5.6 billion from major auto manufacturers for electric vehicle supply chain capacity.
- To help workers get good jobs, Ontario is investing an additional $90.3 million over three years starting in 2021–22 in the Skilled Trades Strategy. Key new initiatives include creating a skilled trades career fair as well as enhancing the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program and the Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program.
- To support workers, the government is proposing to increase the general minimum wage to $15 per hour effective January 1, 2022, and to eliminate the special minimum wage rate for liquor servers by raising it to the general minimum wage.
Our government is also committed to providing:
- More training opportunities for workers, the government is proposing to extend the Ontario Jobs Training Tax Credit to 2022. The 2022 credit extension would provide an estimated $275 million in support to about 240,000 people, or $1,150, on average.
- An additional $5 million in 2021-22 to expand eligibility for the Second Career program to also support people in non-traditional employment (e.g. gig workers, newcomers, and people with disabilities) or who have limited prior work experience.
- $5 million over two years for the Racialized and Indigenous Support for Entrepreneurs (RAISE) Grant.
With a focus on strengthening Ontario’s economy and protecting families, the Ontario government is providing businesses with the tools they need to effectively adopt vaccine mandates. This is essential to further protect Ontario's workforce as we work together towards recovery from COVID-19 and a stronger and more resilient province.
Along with the new Vaccination Certificate with a QR code for each fully vaccinated person in Ontario, the new Verify Ontario app can be downloaded to verify the vaccination status of individuals. Many businesses across the province have already taken this important step to protect their employees and customers.
The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has also recently released A Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term, which outlines the province’s gradual approach to lifting remaining public health and workplace safety measures by March 2022.
This plan will help keep people working, support families, boost regional economies and continue to get our economy back on track. It will guide us safely through the winter and out of this pandemic, while avoiding lockdowns and ensuring we don’t lose the hard-fought gains we have made.
We continue to support business by cautiously easing capacity limits, making investments through the Ontario Together Fund, supporting the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters' Ontario Made program and creating the Invest Ontario agency.
While we are still moving forward with caution, one of our top priorities remains making Ontario open for business. That means creating and protecting jobs, supporting businesses, and increasing investment and trade, so that our economy can grow and thrive as we continue the fight against COVID-19 together.”