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BDC Report on Labour Shortage Strategies for Businesses

Posted on Monday, October 25, 2021 09:04 AM

Hiring Difficulties Are Not Going Away

Labour shortage is not a new phenomenon in Canada. But as the economy recovers and the job market bounces back, the pressure on employers is intensifying.

55% of Canadian entrepreneurs are struggling to hire the workers they need, which leaves them with no choice...

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My Main Street: Local Recovery Through Community Strength

Posted on Friday, October 22, 2021 04:22 PM

The Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) launched a pilot program with the Economic Developers Council of Ontario called My Main Street, a $23.25-million investment funded by FedDev Ontario, to help drive business and restore vibrancy to local communities across southern Ontario as we continue to wrestle with...

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New targeted COVID-19 support measures to create jobs and growth

Posted on Friday, October 22, 2021 02:01 PM

Overview

With one of the most successful vaccination campaigns in the world, many businesses safely reopening, and employment now back to pre-pandemic levels, Canadians have reached a turning point in the fight against COVID-19. The government has now surpassed its target of creating a million new jobs....

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City Announces Tree Planting Grant Program

Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2021 03:13 PM

The City of Brantford is pleased to announce a funding opportunity available for local commercial and industrial businesses. The Commercial/Industrial Tree Planting Grant Program will help cover the costs of tree planting on any industrial or commercial property within the City of Brantford limits with...

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September 2021 Labour Market Update

Posted on Friday, October 08, 2021 04:27 PM

The latest Statistics Canada local labour market report customized for the Brantford CMA for last month is now available.

September Unemployment Rate: Brantford 6.1% [+] Ontario 7.3% [-] Canada 6.9% [-]

Be sure to review the participation rate and the employment rate (reported as percentages), as well...

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City Launches Downtown Improvement Task Force

Posted on Friday, September 24, 2021 11:21 AM

In May 2021, Brantford City Council approved the creation of the Downtown Improvement Task Force to address ongoing challenges in the downtown core. The primary goal of the task force, which held its first meeting in August, is to make recommendations with respect to both short and long-term actions...

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Laurier Launches Microsoft Courses for Professionals

Posted on Thursday, September 23, 2021 11:29 AM

Wilfrid Laurier University’s Office of Continuing Education is now opening registration for a suite of four Microsoft courses. The online programming is offered in partnership with Microsoft and includes specialist courses in business analytics, Excel, PowerPoint and Word taught by industry professionals.

“Participating...

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Home in Brantford's New City Hall

Posted on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 09:30 AM

The Economic Development and Tourism Department is now at home in Brantford’s new City Hall.  The move brings us together with many other City departments under one roof at the beautifully renovated historical building at 58 Dalhousie in downtown Brantford. This modern space enables staff to more...

Connect with a one-time $2,500 Digital Transformation Grant for your small business

Connect with a one-time $2,500 Digital Transformation Grant for your small business

Posted on Friday, September 17, 2021 10:06 AM

Digital Main Street (DMS) is a program focused on assisting small businesses with their adoption of technologies. The Digital Transformation Grant program provides funding for training, advisory support, and grants to brick-and-mortar small businesses looking to increase their capacity through digital...

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August 2021 Labour Market Update

Posted on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 12:55 PM

The latest Statistics Canada local labour market report customized for the Brantford CMA for last month is now available.

August Unemployment Rate: Brantford 5.7% [-] Ontario 7.6% [-] Canada 7.1% [-]

Be sure to review the participation rate and the employment rate (reported as percentages), as well as...