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October 22, 2012
City of Toronto launches Workforce Development Week
The City of Toronto is helping people find jobs and helping companies secure the skilled employees they need. Mayor Rob Ford announced the launch of Workforce Development Week, beginning today - Monday, October 22. Throughout the week, the City will showcase initiatives, programs and events that are successfully connecting employers and job seekers.

In March 2012, City Council unanimously endorsed Working as One: A Workforce Development Strategy for Toronto. The strategy has three key objectives: ensuring that employers' workforce needs are addressed; ensuring that unemployed city residents get access to opportunities and jobs; and delivering the best possible value to employers, job seekers, communities and the City for the resources invested in workforce development.

"The City is committed to keeping Toronto competitive by helping businesses thrive in Toronto. It is equally important to ensure unemployed people get the help they need to get back into the workforce," said Mayor Ford at today's press conference launching the City's Workforce Development Strategy.

During Workforce Development Week, events for employers and job seekers are taking place across Toronto. These events reflect Toronto's Workforce Development Strategy in action and illustrate the ways employers, community partners, other governments and City staff are working together daily to assist employers and job seekers.

Heather MacVicar, General Manager of Toronto Employment & Social Services, strongly encourages Toronto residents and employers to participate in the many events going on during the week. "This is a great opportunity to learn about the many programs and services benefiting employers and job seekers."

More information about Working as One: A Workforce Development Strategy for Toronto and the Workforce Development Week schedule of events is available at and

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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