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News Release: Ontario Adds 34,700 Jobs in September

Posted on 07 October 2017 by admin



 October 6, 2017

Province Focused on Supporting Job Creation and Helping People Get Ahead

Employment in Ontario increased by 34,700 in September, the third straight month of job gains,and the unemployment rate fell to 5.6 per cent, the lowest level since July 2000.

Employment in Ontario is up 169,500 year-over-year. The province's unemployment rate has been below the national average for 30 consecutive months.

The employment increase included gains in sectors suchas wholesale and retail trade, and manufacturing.

According to the 2017-18 First Quarter Finances, Ontario is on track to balance the budget this year while making investments in the programs and services people and their families rely on most.

Building on this strong economic momentum, Ontario is taking historic action to create more opportunity and security for workers with a plan for Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs. This includes hiking the minimum wage, ensuring part-time workers are paid the same hourly wage as full-time workers, introducing paid sick days for every worker and stepping up enforcement of employment laws.

Supporting Ontario workers and businesses is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.







  • Employment in 2017 is forecast to increase by 94,000 net new jobs. In 2016, Ontario employment increased by 76,400 net new jobs. 
  • On a year-to-date basis, wholesale trade rose 9.1 per cent over the first seven months of 2017, compared to the same period in 2016.
  • On a year-to-date basis, retail sales advanced 6.8 per cent over the first seven months of 2017, compared to the same period in 2016.
  • Over the last three years, Ontario’s real GDP growth has outpaced that of all G7 countries.
  • On a year-over-year basis, employment has increased in many economic regions across the province, including Muskoka-Kawarthas (11.1 per cent), Hamilton-Niagara Peninsula (6.3 per cent) and Kitchener-Waterloo-Barrie (6.0 per cent).




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New Policing Rules Go into Effect January 1

Posted on 15 January 2017 by admin


News Release

December 21, 2016.

Supporting Public Safety, Protecting Civil Liberties

As of Jan. 1, 2017, a new regulation comes into effect that will prohibit police from requesting identifying information arbitrarily, or based on a person's race or presence in a high-crime neighbourhood during certain police-public interactions. 

The regulation reflects feedback from public consultations on how to improve transparency, oversight and public confidence, and establishes new training, record-keeping, and reporting requirements to strengthen accountability. The regulation also sets out new rules that police must follow when requesting identifying information, and outlines in what situations these new rules apply.

The new rules apply if an officer asks the person for identifying information or to see an identifying document while:

  • Looking into suspicious activities
  • Gathering intelligence
  • Investigating possible criminal activity. 

The new rules do not apply if police ask for identifying information or to see an identifying document while:


  • Doing a traffic stop
  • Arresting or detaining someone
  • Executing a warrant
  • Investigating a specific crime. 


Ontario is the first jurisdiction in Canada to set out clear and consistent rules for voluntary police-public interactions where police are seeking to collect identifying information. These rules will ensure these interactions are conducted without bias or discrimination, and done in a manner that promotes public confidence and keeps Ontario communities safe.

Supporting safe, healthy communities is part of the government's plan to create a fair and inclusive society and help people in their everyday lives. 




  • Training, which was developed in consultation with an expert roundtable, has also been incorporated into the basic training program for new police recruits at the Ontario Police College.
  • The Code of Conduct for police has been updated to reflect the new regulation; failure to follow the rules will be considered a Code of Conduct violation that may result in discipline.
  • Ontario will appoint an independent reviewer to complete a review of the regulation within two years of full regulatory implementation in consultation with Ontario’s Anti-Racism Directorate.
  • In 2017, Ontario will launch a multi-year academic study to understand the impact of collecting information on the ability of police to solve crime, analyze and identify the impact of race-based collections and analyze the impact of the new regulations on this practice. 


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Applications Open for Ontario Student Summer Jobs

Posted on 28 February 2015 by admin

NEWS – Helping Over a Million Youth Discover Their Passion – February 26, 2015.

Youth in Ontario can now apply for summer jobs and gain valuable skills and experience this summer.

Since 2004, Ontario’s Summer Jobs programs have helped almost 1,100,000 students find summer jobs, start businesses and access employment services. Each year, the programs help more than 100,000 students and youth:

§ Find a summer job through Employment Ontario or community agencies.

§ Get help with résumé writing and preparing for interviews.

§ Apply for funding to start their own summer businesses.

§ Gain experience working with the Ontario government.

More information is available at www.ontario.ca/readysetwork, along with details on year-round programs to help youth under 30 build skills, start a business, or find a job.

Helping young people get work experience is part of the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.


“Providing Ontario’s young people with access to a wide variety of summer work opportunities helps them build valuable experience while saving for their future education. By supporting Ontario’s Summer Jobs programs, our government is helping students test their skills and discover their passion, which is a vital investment in the future of our province.”

— Reza Moridi, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“Today we’re marking an historic milestone – one million summer job opportunities for youth created since 2004. Through efforts like our Jobs for Youth Program and the Youth in Policing Initiative, we’re giving at-risk youth the opportunity to change their lives and build the foundations for future success, not only for them but for Ontario. Investing in our youth through programs like these is a wise investment in the prosperity of our province.”

— Tracy MacCharles, Minister of Children and Youth Services

“The YMCA is a strong partner of the Ontario government in providing a wide range of employment support and programs to individuals to improve their skills, build confidence to gain and retain meaningful employment, identify their career goals and connect with employers.”

— Darlene Holowachuk, Senior Vice President, Operations, Employment and Community, YMCA of Greater Toronto


§ In 2014, Ontario’s Summer Jobs programs allocated almost $78.5 million, which helped 117,217 students.

§ Ontario is offering employers a $2-per-hour hiring incentive to hire summer students.

§ Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy is investing $295 million over two years to help 30,000 young people aged 15-29 find work, build job skills and start their own businesses.

§ The strategy’s signature program, the Youth Employment Fund, recently exceeded its two-year goal of helping more than 25,000 young people find jobs and access training.

§ Employment Ontario offers year-round services to help Ontarians find employment.

§ In 2013-14, Employment Ontario served approximately 155,000 youth across a range of programs, and the network now offers online support through Employment Ontario Live Chat.

§ There are more than 35 government programs to help youth build skills, find a job or start a business.

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News Release: Increasing Support for People on Social Assistance

Posted on 29 August 2013 by admin



August 29, 2013

Ontario Improving Supports and Employment Opportunities for Vulnerable Families

Ontario is increasing support and removing barriers to finding work for people receiving social assistance.

Beginning next month, a number of changes announced in the province's 2013 Budget will be coming into effect. People with disabilities receiving Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) benefits will see an increase in rates by one per cent starting Sept. 1, 2013, and people receiving Ontario Works will see an increase of one per cent starting Oct. 1, 2013.

In addition, clients in both programs will be able to earn up to $200 per month through employment before their social assistance benefits are reduced. This change will encourage more clients to gain valuable work experience and will help increase their opportunities of finding full-time jobs, while improving the incomes of over 58,000 recipients who currently have employment earnings. To further improve financial independence for Ontario Works clients, the province is also increasing the amount of assets they are able to keep before they can get assistance, such as a car a client may need for getting to and from work.

Enhancing supports and removing barriers to employment for people who receive social assistance benefits is part of the government's plan to build a strong economy and help people in their everyday lives.








  • Single people supported by Ontario Works can now have up to $2,500 in assets without affecting their eligibility. Couples receiving Ontario Works can have up to $5,000 in assets.
  • As part of the changes, single adults without children receiving Ontario Works will receive a top-up of $14 a month, for a total increase of $20 a month to help individuals with the cost of food, clothing and other necessities.
  • Over 950,000 children in 510,000 families are benefiting from the Ontario Child Benefit. The benefit increased this July to a maximum annual payment of $1,210 for each child, and will increase to $1,310 in July 2014.













"We’re committed to helping more people find jobs and become more financially secure. These changes are part of our government’s vision for a prosperous and fair Ontario."
 — Ted McMeekin, Minister of Community and Social Services


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