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Huron County Drafts Workforce Attraction & Retention Strategy

Huron County | by Fadi Didi  

Economic development officials hope to expand diversity in Huron County.

Huron County's Economic Development Department has drafted a workforce attraction and retention strategy, through to 2020.

The strategy was presented at the latest meeting of county councillors, and looks to fill labour gaps along Ontario's West Coast.

Economic Development Officer Chris Watson says Huron County lost 2,344 people between 2009 and 2014, and half of employers recently surveyed had issues filling jobs.

The goal for 2018 will be to add 500 jobs to the region's economy.

Immigration Liaison Kristin Crane says the department is looking to attract more newcomers to the county in the coming years.

Cultural sensitivity workshops will be provided for local businesses and service providers, and non-denominational worship places will be sought.

Among the hopes is also the construction of a cricket pitch by the Goderich YMCA.

Crane says some settlers to Huron County have expressed excitement for hosting cricket matches in the area.

Watson says the housing bubble in Greater Toronto Area has also worked as a selling point for home buyers rural Ontario.

A job fair to fill 100 jobs will run at the Thames Valley District School Board Education Centre on Dundas Street in London on January 27th.

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