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County and area partners connect hundreds of local job seekers and employers through second Virtual Job Fair


Midhurst/November 25, 2021 On November 9, the County and area partners, including member municipalities, the Cities of Barrie and Orillia, Georgian College, Lakehead University, Employment Ontario and the Province of Ontario, collaborated on another successful Work in Simcoe County job fair.

“County Council is focused on the local labour needs of our residents and businesses, and we continue to work with our partners to assist job seekers and help grow our local economy," said Warden George Cornell. “We have expanding businesses and high-quality job opportunities across all sectors. Building on the success of our first Virtual Job Fair this past June, our second session generated more than 1,000 conversations between local employers and active job seekers."

Data collected from the County of Simcoe's www.workinsimcoecounty.ca website shows that in the month of October there were 9,684 active job openings in our region. The most in-demand skills were in sales and services, business, finance, administration, education, law, social, community and government services, and trades, transport and equipment operations.

The County Job Fair hosted 400 job seekers and 87 employers in a variety of industries including manufacturing and distribution, agriculture and food processing, hospitality and tourism, not-for-profit organizations, healthcare and social assistance, construction and the trades, education and training and more. This virtual event helped to increase awareness of local programs and services, including immigrant specific employment programs, career pathways such as apprenticeships and Employment Ontario programs available to both job seekers and employers.  

“The Work in Simcoe County Virtual Job Fair was a fantastic opportunity to connect with local talent, engage with potential candidates and highlight what Friday Harbour has to offer as an employer of choice. The platform was very user friendly and staff were excellent to work with! Our team had a lot of fun participating in the event and we can't wait to be a part of the next one!" – Friday Harbour, Town of Innisfil

In addition to promoting current job vacancies, the County is also promoting the benefits of living and working in Simcoe County. The workinsimcoecounty.ca page highlights real life stories of local workers, who have taken advantage of the unique opportunities offered in our region, including an outstanding work life balance and careers for innovators and problem solvers in key sectors such as manufacturing, engineering and tourism. A new video released by the County features perspectives of local champions from area companies, including Greenland, Crozier, Magna Techform and Friday Harbour speaking to their experiences living and working in the region. Check out the video at www.workinsimcoecounty.ca.   

About Work in Simcoe County
The Work in Simcoe County site includes local resources and job opportunities, as well as vital information to empower and inspire residents. Using an automated fetching tool to aggregate job listings from over 20 popular job boards and career sites and new user-friendly features, the portal provides services for job seekers, students, parents and local government and helps to link residents with local opportunities. To learn more, visit www.workinsimcoecounty.ca. A list of local Employment Ontario service providers in Simcoe County is available at https://workinsimcoecounty.ca/hiring-help/.

About County of Simcoe
County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca.

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Chris Hedley
Public Relations Consultant
County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department
705-715-7654 (mobile)

Collin Matanowitsch
Public Relations Manager
County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department
705-734-8386 (mobile)