Work in Sarnia Lambton (WISL) is an interactive toolkit designed for job seekers and apprentices, employers, training and skill development resources, and community employment services.

The toolkit includes regional jobs board, regional jobs map, and a regional census tool. There is also a regional career path outlook being developed for the toolkit as well.

WISL is free to everyone and was made to be a resource provided and managed by the Sarnia Lambton Workforce Development Board to help job seekers and employers alike.

For any further information or to look at the guidebook, click here (PDF).

 

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The Ontario government announced that it has enacted a new regulatory amendment that will put non-unionized employees on Infectious Disease Emergency Leave during the COVID-19 outbreak any time their hours of work are temporarily reduced by their employer due to COVID-19. This will ensure businesses aren’t forced to terminate employees after their ESA temporary layoff periods have expired.

“As we take the necessary steps to safely and gradually restart the economy, we need to make sure business owners can reopen their doors and workers have jobs to go back to,” Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training & Skill Development says. “This regulatory change will protect businesses from being forced to permanently lay off their employees due to COVID-19 and suffer a financial loss that could shutter their operations for good”. 

The regulatory amendment applies retroactively to March 1, 2020 and will expire six weeks after the declared emergency ends.The regulatory amendments do not include employees represented by a trade union.

To read the full article, click here.

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The Ontario government launched the COVID-19: Tackling the Barriers website in late April 2020 to help businesses overcome the unique challenges created by the pandemic. The website allows the provincial government to listen to and support businesses as they adapt to this new environment.

The website facilitates communication between businesses and the Ontario government by allowing visitors to submit a request to a temporary rule change to help your business respond to COVID-19. Some examples of this are:

  • Assisting the health care system meet the needs of the emergency.
  • Assist businesses in retooling or producing essential or health-related product and supplies.
  • Making it easier for businesses to operate remotely or in a non-traditional fashion and are facing unexpected challenges.

Some regulation changes that have already been implemented include: extending registrations, licenses and certificate renewals, allowing permitted restaurants to include alcohol as a part of a takeout or delivery order, provide electricity rate relief to residential, farm, and small business customers, and permitting pharmacists to renew and adapt prescriptions for controlled drugs and substances.

For the full statement, click here.

To visit the COVID-19 Tackling the Barriers Website, click here.

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The Ontario government announced on June 1, that it will continue to support provincial electricity consumers by providing stability and greater customer choice, while helping those struggling to pay their energy bills as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Initiatives include:

  • $9 million for the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program to support consumers struggling to pay their energy bills during the pandemic.
  • $8 million for the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business (CEAP-SB) to provide support to businesses struggling with bill payments as a result of the outbreak.
  • An extension of the Ontario Energy Board’s winter disconnection ban until July 31, 2020 to ensure no one is disconnected from their natural gas or electricity service during these uncertain times.

While we make progress to contain this deadly virus, we know people will need to stay home when possible and businesses will need ongoing support as we gradually and safely reopen the economy” said Premier Ford, “Providing additional rate relief, flexibility, and customer choice will help ensure everyone can recover from this extraordinary crisis and get back to a life that is as normal as possible”.

For the full statement, click here.

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As part of its Canadian Business Resilience Network campaign, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, through the generosity of Salesforce will provide 62 small Canadian businesses from coast to coast to coast with $10,000 grants to help their recovery efforts during these unprecedented times.

Businesses can use the $10,000 grants to support their recovery efforts, including paying salaries, acquiring safety and personal protective equipment for staff, replenishing materials, or paying for the measures required to adapt business models to the economic impacts of COVID-19.

To be eligible, businesses must:

  • Be a for-profit company,
  • Belong to a chamber of commerce, board of trade, or association that is a member of the Canadian Business Resilience Network,
  • Have between 2 and 50 employees,
  • Have been in business for 2 years as of March 1, 2020,
  • Have an annual revenue between $150,000 CAD and $5,000,000 CAD,
  • Been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and
  • Meet additional criteria set out in the programs terms and conditions.

Applications are open until June 12, 2020 at 8:00 pm. Click here for more details.

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In this webinar by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, CWB Financial Group and Axiom Group discuss tips and tricks on how to take care of your employees as well as how to provide insight into how CWB Financial is able to offer their support to businesses and clients as they navigate the crisis and beyond.

Moderator:
Susanna Cluff-Clybune, Senior Director, Parliamentary Affairs

Speakers:
Stephen Murphy – CWB Financial Group’s Executive Vice President of Banking
Kelly Blackett – CWB Financial Group’s Executive Vice President of HR
Doug Engdahl, Axiom Group’s Chief Executive Officer

Watch the full video:

 

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The Drive By Bottle Drive was an event organized by the Inn of the Good Shepherd that took place from May 14 to 16. For three days, volunteers collected empty beer cans, liquor containers, and wine bottles. After that, over 100 community volunteers spent two weeks sorting, counting, and packaging the collection. Many local businesses helped out by providing items such as cardboard dumpsters, food & beverages, and warehouse space.

Event organizer Melanie Rogers received a call from the Beer Store with the grand total of collections which was $27,255. She is very grateful and proud of Sarnia Lambton for all the support for the Inn of the Good Shepherd.

Director of the Inn of the Good Shepherd Myles Vanni made the following statement: “Like the virus itself, the drive-by bottle drive has been unprecedented and overwhelming – this time in a very positive way! The community response of individuals and businesses has made this a tremendous success. Particularly the drive and energy of an amazing band of Social Work students from Lambton College who saw this all through!” 

The Inn of the Good Shepherd continues to provide food, meals, and shelter to those in need during the pandemic. They depend on community donations, and are therefore incredibly grateful for the event’s success.

“Drive By Bottle Drive” organizer Melanie Rogers, outside The Inn of the Good Shepherd.
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Express Employment Professionals is striving to place additional job seekers in the Sarnia-Lambton community during the month of June, while paying it forward by helping the Inn of the Good Shepherd in lieu of this year’s Brand It Blue initiative. Brand It Blue has collected more than 10,000 pounds for the Inn over the last three years.

For each assignment created in June, $1 for every hour worked by an Express associate between June 1 to 30, 2020 will go to the Inn of the Good Shepherd.

How can you help?

  • Hire an Express employee during the month of June. Not only will you gain a qualified worker to help meet your needs, but that worker will earn a pay cheque and we will make a donation to the Inn of the Good Shepherd for each hour they work in June.
  • Share their campaign with other area businesses to assist with their vision of employing and providing a pay cheque for those unemployed in the community.
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