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October 19, 2012
City of Toronto launches Workforce Development Week to help job seekers connect with employers
The City of Toronto is helping people find jobs and helping companies secure the skilled employees they need. Mayor Rob Ford will launch Workforce Development Week on Monday, October 22.

The launch will showcase City initiatives, programs and events aimed at connecting employers and job seekers.

Date: Monday, October 22
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: 1880 Eglinton Ave. E. (enter through the mall's main doors)
Note: Media requiring satellite truck parking must make the request in advance. Extra time and cabling may be required.

Toronto City Council approved the City's Workforce Development Strategy in March 2012 to combat persistent unemployment and sectoral talent shortages. The strategy focuses on 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.

Mayor Ford will be joined by some of the City's corporate partners for the launch of Workforce Development Week (October 22 to 26), and will speak to a number of current and future initiatives that will connect job seekers to employment opportunities. Media are welcome to cover the events, which are described in a separate news release the City is issuing today.

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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Rob Andrusevich
City of Toronto



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