Ontario Supporting Manufacturing Workers in Belleville and Trenton

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New action centre will help 180 workers find jobs

The Ontario government is investing $445,252 in a new action centre to help the 180 workers impacted by the closure of Cascades’ manufacturing plants in Trenton and Belleville connect with services and training they need to get back to work quickly.

“Ontario is a world leader in manufacturing and our government stands with its workers,” said David Piccini, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. “Our government is investing in the Cascades Action Centre to ensure that these workers in Belleville and Trenton have access to resources and opportunities to land better jobs and bigger paycheques for themselves and their families.”

Run by Unifor, the Cascades Action Centre will operate until April 2025 and support laid-off workers represented by Unifor Local 1470 and the Independent Paperworkers of Canada Local 7. The action centre will host workshops and seminars, provide peer-to-peer support and job search assistance, teach financial management and computer skills and provide certification training in Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and other short-term training. These customized resources will help affected workers prepare for other well-paying jobs in manufacturing and the skilled trades in Eastern Ontario.

“Providing peer-led support during this challenging transition in workers’ lives will offer the best opportunity to accessing the training needed to secure new work,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “Losing a large employer presents challenges for the entire community which we hope the Action Centre can help address.”

By investing more than $1 billion annually to employment and training services, including Better Jobs Ontario and the Skills Development Fund Training Stream among other programs, the Ontario government is helping workers train to get well-paying and meaningful careers in the skilled trades. These investments emphasize the government’s continued effort to attract, support and protect workers, making Ontario the best place to work, live and raise a family.

Quick Facts

  • The Cascades Action Centre is located 250 Sidney St., Belleville, ON.
  • Unifor National provided an in-kind contribution of $2,500 for the action centre.
  • There were roughly 6,600 jobs recently going unfilled in the Kingston-Pembroke economic region.
  • There were over 19,000 manufacturing job vacancies in Ontario for 2023.
  • With 700 locations province-wide, the Employment Ontario network offers a range of services and supports that help job seekers find training and job opportunities and businesses find the talent they need.
  • The Unifor Action Centre, Employment Ontario, Better Jobs Ontario and Skills Development Fund Training Stream are supported through labour market transfer agreements between the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.
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