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CivicAction Employer Consultation in Thunder Bay

Posted by North Superior Workforce Planning Board

On September 15, CivicAction and the North Superior Workforce Planning Board brought together almost 20 local employers from government, social service organizations, and companies like TBT Engineering, Valhalla Inn, and North West Employment Works to talk about obstacles, best practices and tools to hire and retain young people facing barriers to employment.

Thunder Bay is among the top ten Canadian cities with the highest unemployment rate. It is estimated that almost 20% of youth in Thunder Bay are unemployed and an Aboriginal youth unemployment rate of over 35%.

By bringing together local employers, this event highlighted that the private sector can, and should, be part of the puzzle to solving youth unemployment in Thunder Bay and the benefits that come along with youth hiring (e.g. lower recruitment costs, increased productivity, and an enhanced talent pipeline)

Click here to read the full article to see what we heard.