TORONTO, Nov. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - A popular bilingual employment magazine, www.poss.ca, is shutting down due to a funding cut by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). The magazine is managed by Findhelp Information Services, the nonprofit agency that delivers 211, a 24-hour phoneline and online directory of social and community services.
The free bilingual magazine, which receives more than 50,000 visits a month, is Toronto-centric but is viewed by visitors from 170 countries. A perfect cross-over between an employment agency and a magazine, www.poss.ca takes into account Toronto's bilingual and Francophone job seekers and their specific needs and is also a dedicated go-to information source for other newcomers as well as youth and older jobseekers. The magazine in its many forms has been addressing the extended needs of job seekers, such as career search, career preparation, short-term training, income support, etc. for close to 30 years. The magazine rebranded completely in 2012 to continue serving its clients while keeping up with the current trends of job seeking online.
The closure of the magazine sparked a response from many employment professionals:
"I am so sorry to hear that you will be losing your funding. As an employment counsellor, I review your site monthly with an eye to sharing relevant information and articles with my clients who are engaged in career planning and job search." -- Cathy Arnold, Times Change Women's Employment Service
"I am so sorry to hear about your current situation. I cannot tell you how helpful your website is in providing great, user friendly information." -- Dave Moore, employment counsellor, Employment Services, Ontario Works
"I have assisted over 3,200 people with their resumés and in coping with job loss. I have found poss.ca to be an invaluable resource and have shared your articles with many of my clients. I am so sad to hear that you may be closing your doors in early 2014 - you will be missed" -- Linda Smith, career consultant, Career Aspirations
The www.poss.ca project is expected to wind up by March 31 although the site may cease operating as early as Dec. 31.
SOURCE: Findhelp Information Services
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