Media Advisory - Symposium seeks solutions to Ontario's skills shortage

    TORONTO, Feb. 28 /CNW/ - More than 300 representatives from business,
labour, education and government will gather March 4 in Toronto to address one
of Ontario's most pressing challenges - the shortage of skilled workers.
    Hosted by the Ontario Workforce Shortage Coalition, the symposium will
focus on finding solutions by asking participants for ideas on what business,
education and government can do to ensure Ontario has the skilled workers it
needs to compete in the global economy.
    The event will include keynote speeches from the Hon. John Milloy, the
Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, and Len Crispino, the
president and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.
    The workforce challenge is a significant issue in Ontario. While the
province struggles to retrain people who have lost their jobs in the
manufacturing and forestry sectors, there are also many employers struggling
to find sufficient numbers of qualified people. The challenges will intensify
in the years ahead, and it is expected Ontario will be short more than 360,000
skilled employees by 2025.

    Date:      Tuesday, March 4, 2008

    Location:  Sheraton Hotel, Dominion Ballroom
               123 Queen St. West, Toronto

    Time:      8:30 a.m - 10:00 a.m. (hot breakfast available at 8 a.m.)

    For more information on the Ontario Workforce Shortage Coalition, please

For further information:

For further information: Darrell Neufeld, Senior Communications Officer,
(416) 596-0744, ext. 242,

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