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District Aims To Help Businesses Find New Employees

Posted: 2019-04-22 11:52:59 By: hbr

Employers are feeling the pinch when it comes filling positions and the District is taking steps to address the problem.

During the most recent District council meeting, Tom Zizys of the Simcoe Muskoka Workforce  Development Board said the workers are here in Muskoka, it's just a question of getting them into the roles that need to be filled.

As part of a study, Zizys said they found that overall Muskoka saw 2,500 new net residents between 2011 and 2016. However, the issue is that the vast majority were from an older age bracket, and at a much higher rate than the provincial average. He said the numbers are particularly skewed in the Townships. While they still use services, older residents contribute little to the workforce, said Zizys.

The main areas of employment in Muskoka are construction, retail trades, food and accommodation, and health care and assistance, said Zizys, employing roughly half the population.

Zizys said while employers reported a lack of suitable candidates, employees they interviewed indicated they don't feel respected and employers don't help to accommodate their needs in terms of childcare and transportation.

He proposed putting together a group of roughly 30 local organizations to help address employment issues. The District pledged their help to make it a reality.