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Federal Election Issue: Economic Prosperity and Jobs


ISSUE

  • London is facing a jobs crisis. Our city has the lowest labour force participation of any major city in Canada.

BACKGROUND

  • Since 2001, London’s labour force has grown by almost 90,000, while the total number of jobs in the city has grown by only 9,400.
  • London’s net employment growth in the past decade is less than 2%, compared to 17% in Windsor, 20% in Brantford, and 25% in Kitchener-Waterloo.
  • London is working with community partners. Earlier this year, Mayor Holder launched the ‘London Jobs Now task force’. This multi-sector group of private and public representatives is working diligently to identify solutions.
  • Transportation, housing affordability, and skills training are all important to attracting and retaining a talented workforce. Significant collaboration between all sectors and levels of government is required to support economic development.
  • London has exceptional assets in Western University and Fanshawe College, which attract exceptional talent to London. Unfortunately, without meaningful employment opportunities, London loses out on this talent.
  • Investments in small and growing businesses is especially important to London, because when small businesses succeed, London succeeds. Over 80% of our employed labour force works for businesses with fewer than 100 employees.

QUESTION

  • All levels of government must work together to build economic prosperity. If elected, how would you and your party help bring meaningful employment opportunities to London?
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