November 27, 2002

Employment project to promote
York region as a workplace of choice

KING TOWNSHIP The York Region Human Services Planning Coalition launched its Human Services Employment Project at Seneca College King Campus today with the release of marketing materials and an educational series. The purpose of the Project is to help human services employers in York region recruit, train and retain skilled workers in the fields of health, education and community services.

"An action area of Vision 2026, the Region's 25 year strategic plan, is to enhance our human resources and partnerships," said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch. "The Human Services Employment Project is a partnership that will play a key role in achieving this."

Rapid population growth, an aging workforce, recent program restructuring in service areas and greater opportunities in other employment sectors of York region's economy are having a negative impact on the supply of qualified human service workers. Human services are those programs and services that support a safe, healthy community and promote its quality of life. These include healthcare, education, community services, police, fire and Emergency Medical Services.

"A vibrant human service workforce is key to continued sustainability, economic vitality, and the

well being of our community," said Vaughan Regional Councillor Joyce Frustaglio, Co-Chair of the York Region Human Services Planning Coalition. "The Human Services Employment Project is the result of a partnership among human service providers in the region to address the growing shortage of trained professionals in health, education and community services."

In addition to the marketing materials, recruitment tool kits are being developed that will be geared to five sectors: healthcare, community services, child and youth services, education and police, public safety and emergency services. Inserts will promote York region as a location of choice for human service professionals by profiling the high quality of living, learning, working and playing in York region. The kits will also include information relevant to internationally trained professionals living in or moving to the region.

The Project held its first workshop in Richmond Hill a few days ago entitled "Creating Great Places to Work". Four additional workshops are planned for the new year to address current recruitment and retention issues. They are entitled "Creating Culture to Keep People", "Accessing the Internationally Trained", "Being a People Magnet", and "People Power in Partnerships."

The Human Services Employment Project is a one year initiative developed in March 2002 by the York Region Human Services Planning Coalition with $260,000 in funding from Human Resources Development Canada. In addition, a cross-sectoral Steering Committee is guiding the project and contributing in-kind resources. Revenue will also be generated from printed materials and workshops. Seneca College King Campus, a key player in training and building the essential skills of York Region's workforce, is hosting the project.

For more information about the Human Services Employment Project, contact Janet Rurak, Project Manager, at (905) 833-3333 or (416) 491-5050, Ext. 5393 or visit and click on "Careers".


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