County of Simcoe launches job resource portal

As jobless rates across the province and the county continue to remain at extreme highs, the County of Simcoe has taken the wraps of something that might help.

The County has paired with area partners including member municipalities Barrie and Orillia, to launch a new interactive job portal. Called, the site includes local resources and job opportunities. It also includes information designed to empower and inspire residents.

“Our Economic Development Office and regional business partners are constantly working on a variety of strategies and programs to support our local economy and job seekers,” said Warden George Cornell. “This new portal will help connect our labour force to quality jobs in our region and arrives at an optimal time as we work together as community partners towards our economic recovery, while supporting our businesses and residents.”

The online portal includes training, recruiting, and funding resources, and also serves as a job listing aggregate taking from over 20 job boards and career sites.

Barrie’s unemployment rate alone nearly doubled since the city declared an emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.