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County and area partners helping businesses and residents through innovative Virtual Job Fair

 

​Midhurst/July 7, 2021 On June 2, 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 an online Work in Simcoe County job fair.

“The County is always looking for ways to work with our partners in government, private and public sectors to address the needs of local companies and residents," said Warden George Cornell. “Our virtual job fair was an excellent opportunity to connect job seekers and local employers, and we are proud to have successfully facilitated over 1,000 conversations between employers and job seekers through this initiative. Results like these are great news for our local economy as we progress with our recovery efforts."

Data collected from the County of Simcoe's www.workinsimcoecounty.ca website show that in the month of June there were 8,498 active job openings in our region. The most in-demand skills were in sales and service occupations; trades, transport and equipment operation; and business, finance and administration occupations.

The County Job Fair hosted over 400 job seekers and 80 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 Employment Ontario programs available to both job seekers and employers, immigrant specific employment programs, and local careers and training opportunities with Georgian College and Lakehead University.  

Testimonials

Honda of Canada Mfg. is always eager to participate in any opportunity that connects us with the talented workforce in Simcoe County. Hosting a career fair with lockdown measures is challenging, however with Simcoe County pivoting to an online format we were able to connect with many local job seekers to chat about our production opportunities and even hired some new associates! We are looking forward to participating in the next one! - Honda of Canada Mfg, New Tecumseth

The Simcoe County job fair was a great initiative. It created a win-win situation for companies as well as for skilled & experienced candidates who can find work of their interest during this challenging time. Looking forward to next job fair – Tempo Plastics, Innisfil

About Work in Simcoe County

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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CONTACTS

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

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