FUTURE: Sault Ste. Marie

Labour Force Development

An overarching goal of FutureSSM, as identified by the Community Adjustment Committee, is to build our labour force. Discussion with a number of local employers expressed concern about finding enough workers with required skillsets. These current and projected needs can be met through coordinated educational program re-training opportunities, and programs to attract skilled workers to the community. 

Paul Sayers has been hired as FutureSSM's Labour Force Development Coordinator to coordinate, create, implement and monitor initiatives designed to improve the labour force in Sault Ste. Marie. 

Paul has been busy reaching out to employment agencies, businesses and communiites, with the goal of developing relationships and identifying gaps and opportunities.

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Based on recent discussions with local employers, the City of Sault Ste. Marie is acutely aware of the need to attract professionally skilled workers to our community. For this reason, an overarching goal of FutureSSM is to build our local labour force through a multi-pronged approach that includes promotion and recruitment programs.  

As part of these efforts, FutureSSM is actively getting the message to the public that Sault Ste. Marie has many high skilled jobs available, and offers an exceptional lifestyle for young people, families and newcomers. In particular, FutureSSM has reached out to the General Motors Oshawa Plant where about 2,600 autoworkers are about to lose their jobs.

Because of these efforts, several separate but related stories have recently appeared in local, provincial and national media outlets:

‘Sault Ste. Marie is short on workers – and thinks it may know where to find some’ (TVO, Feb. 6, 2019)

‘Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. Looking for workers to fill hundreds of jobs’ (CBC, Radio Canada, National Post, CTV, BNN Bloomberg, the Calgary Herald and Huffington Post Canada, among others, Feb. 7, 2019)

‘Sault Ste. Marie eyes possibility of employing Oshawa GM workers’ (Global News, Feb. 8, 2019)

Helpful Links:

Algoma Workforce Investment Corporation 

Algoma Power

Algoma Public Health

Algoma Steel

Algoma University

Boniferro Mill Works

City of Sault Ste. Marie

Delta Hotel Sault Ste. Marie

Discover the Sault


Employment Solutions

Indigenous Friendship Centre

JD Aero

Local Immigration Partnership

Newcomer Settlement Services

PLATO Aboriginal Testing

Sault Area Hospitals

Sault College

Sault Community Career Centre

Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre

Soo Foundry

Springer Aviation


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