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Ontario sees sixth straight month of employment increases in November

Today, Statistics Canada released its monthly employment numbers, which showed an increase in employment in Ontario, which represents the sixth straight month of employment increases.

Employment in Ontario has increased by 36,000 in November, including 1,700 in the manufacturing sector, marking the sixth straight month of overall employment gains. The total number of jobs created since June is more than 905,000, including 13,200 more men and women working in the manufacturing sector than pre-COVID. This month’s increase in employment numbers shows that Ontario’s economy is continuing to stabilize

“The people of this province have continued to step up and demonstrate the best of the Ontario Spirit throughout the course of this pandemic. They have supported one another, demonstrated incredible resilience, and brought forward innovative ideas, products and solutions that have helped in the fight against this virus. It is this spirit that will inspire us during the holiday season, the second wave of the pandemic, and into our economic recovery. Our government will continue to support all Ontarians as we work together to emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever before,” said Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing and Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.

However, we know that people across this province continue to struggle during this challenging period, and that not every worker is back on the job. Now more than ever, we must continue to support small business and families as we plan for our economic recovery. That’s why our PC government is:

  • Planning on investing $4.8 billion in initiatives that will support jobs now, while removing barriers that hold Ontario back from a strong recovery;
  • Making electricity costs more competitive for commercial and industrial consumers, saving customers an average of 14 to 16 per cent;
  • Providing tax relief, including a proposal to provide municipalities with the ability to cut property taxes for small businesses, reducing business education taxes and permanently increasing the Employer Health Tax payroll exemption to $1 million. This would mean 90 per cent of employers would pay no EHT; and,
  • Making $600 million available to assist eligible businesses in areas categorized as Control or Lockdown with costs associated with municipal and education property taxes, electricity and natural gas bills.