Metrolinx jobs program not working

GO Transit’s local employment initiative, which was supposed to help residents find jobs, is not living up to its promises. Only four people have been hired, and most of the few jobs now posted are nowhere near here.

The Georgetown South Employment Initiative was launched in October of last year. According to GO, the train lines being built in Weston “will support thousands of design and construction jobs” and their “contractors working on the GTS Project have committed… to consider qualified community members to fill any employment positions”.

But Westonians (and Torontonians) are not finding jobs—because most of the ones posted now are in Alberta. Three jobs are posted on GTS jobs site— but two are at the Calgary Airport.

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Nor has even a small fraction of those “thousands” of jobs materialized. According to Salza, a spokesperson for Metrolinx, “contractors have posted 10 positions ranging from traffic control flagging to administrative support… 10 individuals have received interviews. Of those four have been hired.”

In Metrolinx’s defense, they have a caveat that they “will not guarantee a specific number of jobs” but will only “identify any employment opportunities that may exist and make them accessible to qualified individuals.”

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Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

4 thoughts on “Metrolinx jobs program not working”

  1. Here is the rest of the content that Metrolinx provided the Weston Web but was not included in the report above.

    On 13-02-22 1:19 PM, GTS Info wrote:

    Hi Norman,

    Thanks for your interest in the Georgetown South Project Employment Initiative.

    The program launched on October 4, 2012 and the half-day City of Toronto Career Specialist service at the Weston office began October 17, 2012. We have had over 60 people call or visit Ruth, the City of Toronto Career Specialist. She has provided career advice, completed skills gap analyses and helped individuals spruce up their resume and polish up their interviewing skills.

    So far, our contractors have posted 10 positions ranging from traffic control flagging to administrative support. Dozens of resumes on file have been pre-screened by City of Toronto staff and 10 individuals have received interviews. Of those four have been hired. The pay range is commensurate with the type of job opportunity.

    Connecting qualified community members with existing job opportunities is only one facet of the GTS Project Employment Initiative. The next phase of the program includes the education and promotion of careers in the construction industry.

    We are co-hosting Career Fairs in the communities along the GTS corridor to introduce community members to the opportunities that are available and how they can prepare themselves to compete for careers in this field. The fairs will include participation by construction contractors who will share what they do and the type of skills and work that are needed in the construction field. We will have post-secondary educational institutions on hand to promote the type of education needed to be job-ready for the types of careers in the construction field. And we will also have representatives from the Central Ontario Building Trades Hammer Heads apprenticeship program to promote apprenticeship opportunities for youth – Metrolinx in partnership with the City of Toronto is helping to fund a class of 15 youth. Here are the dates we have so far. We will be promoting these dates in the community shortly.

    • Weston: March 21, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
    (COSTI – 35 King Street)
    • Mount Dennis: April 30, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
    (Learning Enrichment Foundation – 116 Industry Street)

    Stay tuned for dates in the Junction and north Etobicoke

    If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Manuel Pedrosa at 416-869-3600 ext. 6719 or manuel.pedrosa@gotransit.com.

  2. Mr Pedrosa talks exactly like all the other PR people Metrolinx hires: at length, protesting too much and, in the end, planning partnerships with the City to promote possibilities.

    It’s a lot of diesel fumes.

  3. People in Weston-Mount Dennis have been organizing to try to ensure that Metrolinx signs a “Community Benefits Agreement” that will actually ensure that jobs from these projects reach the community in an equitable way. We have started a website and I encourage anyone who is interested to visit http://www.communitybenefits.ca for more information. The Mount Dennis Weston Network is also seized with this issue and invites people who would like to discuss how we ensure the equitable creation of local jobs arising from infrastructure developments in the community to come to the next meeting Wednesday March 6th, at 7pm at the LEF Building on Ray & Weston Rd across from Coffee Time.

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