Unemployment and vulnerable forms of employment disproportionately affect youth, elders, new immigrants, racialized minorities, and women. Our City government not only has a role in creating economic opportunities for all, it furthermore, has a number of policy tools which enable to fulfil this role.
Once elected, I will support the investment in new jobs’ creation by:
Supporting education and training programmes, through Second Career, that ensure workers have the skills and qualifications called for by employers;
Making workforce development a priority: Encouraging the City to do everything possible to offer training and support for the business community. While trying to attract new business to the city, it’s important to provide some resources around workforce development;
Finding ways to help start-ups get access to capital by investing in small businesses and start-ups;
Diversifying, diversifying, and diversifying: Our City needs diversity to thrive, and its economy can no longer be based on just manufacturing!
Stimulating growth and local economic development;
Supporting the private sector as job creators, while making incentives and subsidies conditional upon results;
Scrutinizing and designing public procurement so as to encourage local job creation;
Reviewing regulations to improve their impact on employment;
Supporting the funding for direct job creation programmes.
This will scarce funds spent on welfare, public safety and social services into increased tax revenues. The City will benefit from the innovations and development which young people and other marginalized groups will be able to contribute through.