The Cornwall Chamber of Commerce has heard from area businesses who report having difficulty finding employees with the skills and commitment to do the job. The Chamber has now learned that its Ontario counterpart is calling on all political parties to take action. In fact, it will be a key topic at the OCC’s upcoming Ontario Economic Summit next October.
The global workforce is currently transitioning at a rapid pace, and 77 percent of Ontario businesses say access to talent remains the greatest obstacle for growing their competitiveness,” said Rocco Rossi, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “At this year’s summit, we will discuss how we can work to skill and re-skill our workforce, and find practical solutions to ensure shared prosperity for all.”
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) wants government action with respect to improving the alignment of skills, education, and career opportunities. It emphasizes that a robust labour market with good jobs is essential to the future growth of the economy and Ontario’s continued global competitiveness.
The OCC also wants the government to modernize the apprenticeship system and work with both industry and post-secondary institutions to ensure that program offerings remain responsive to the changing labour market and needs of the business community.
“As Ontario employers struggle to recruit properly qualified talent, the skills mismatch is becoming a serious challenge for businesses to remain competitive,” said Rocco Rossi, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “That is why the OCC is calling on all political parties to create a skilled and qualified workforce—the most important issue facing our membership.”
The OCC calls upon the government to implement a plan that will:
- Modernize the apprenticeship system.
- Re-design Employment Ontario services for both job-seekers and employers and evaluate the potential of an outcomes-based funding model.
- Work with industry and post-secondary institutions to ensure that program offerings remain responsive to the changing labour market dynamics and the regional and sectoral needs of Ontario’s business community.
- Allocate resources to focus support on high growth firms and those with high growth potential, by delaying taxation on corporate income growth to overcome Ontario’s scale-up challenge.