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