Timmins addresses labour shortages through Lay roots

    Timmins is at the centre of Lay roots - a creative immigrant-attraction

    TORONTO, Jan. 18 /CNW/ - In an effort to attract high-quality,
internationally educated professionals, the Lay roots program and companion
web site have been developed. In addition to providing general information
about the area, the interactive site offers job seekers direct access to over
80 jobs from 24 organizations in sectors ranging from health care, mining, and
    "The Lay roots initiative speaks to the population declines facing
Northern Ontario by attracting Toronto region's very talented internationally
educated professionals," said Rhonda Singer, President, Progress Career
Planning Institute. "Immigration will be integral to increasing the population
and countering labour shortages."
    There is a large shortfall of many different types of professionals in
Northern Ontario, not only those found in the mining and forestry sectors. Key
trends that impact on workforce development and on the labour market in the
Far Northeast Training Board area remain the decreasing and aging population,
the out-migration of youth, and shortages in the skilled trades. Over 100
internationally educated professionals have already made Timmins their home.
    "The McGuinty Government knows that newcomers are part of the solution to
Ontario's economic growth and prosperity," said Ontario Minister of
Citizenship and Immigration Michael Chan. "We support initiatives like Lay
roots because the program assists internationally trained immigrants to find
work in their fields."
    Immigrants account for 70% of the province's labour market growth and it
is estimated by 2011, immigrants will account for all labour market growth.
    "We are delighted to participate in the Lay roots project. By increasing
our highly skilled labour force, Timmins can continue to develop key sectors
including business services and telecommunications," said Dave McGirr, Timmins
Economic Development Corporation, Board Chair.

    The Lay Roots initiative is a partnership driven by Progress Career
Planning Institute with the Timmins Economic Development Corporation, and the
Government of Ontario. For more information about the initiative please
contact the Progress Career Planning Institute (PCPI) or visit

    PCPI is a business-focused not for profit organization that aligns career
development with Cultural Intelligence to enhance performance in a
multicultural workforce. For information on PCPI visit www.pcpi.ca or call:

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Rhonda Singer, M. Sc. CH.R.D,
President, PCPI, (416) 439-3037, www.pcpi.ca/roots

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