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Sault chamber, workforce committee shine spotlight on skills shortage

March 28 event will address challenges and opportunities in the labour market

Skilled labour shortages have contributed to a “new low in business confidence,” according to the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s annual Ontario Economic Report (OER)

The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce and local Work Force Entry committee are doing their part to address this shortfall by partnering with TalentLift, a non-profit talent agency, to help local businesses address shortages in all sectors with a particular with a focus on skilled trades, construction trades, hospitality, accommodation, and health care.

On March 28, (11:30am-1:00pm), Talentlift is hosting an event will spotlight the opportunity for employers in Sault Ste. Marie to recruit from within refugee populations as a solution to skills shortages and displacement worldwide.

A news release from chamber said with the development of a new federal pilot, employers have access to a new untapped talent pool from diverse backgrounds who are eager to contribute and grow their careers.

“This year’s OER makes it clear that leaders in the public and private sectors must invest strategically in productivity, resilience, and long-term growth,” said Claudia Dessanti, senior manager of policy of Ontario Chamber, in a statement.

“Unsurprisingly, labour shortages continue to dominate as a source of concern directly impacting most employers and 87 percent of large businesses. Shortages are especially acute in specific sectors such as education, construction, and accommodation and food services.”

The event will be hosted on level 3 of the Civic Centre in the Russ Ramsey Room. Register to attend the event here.