Archive for January, 2010

Canadian Urban Institute Event in Toronto

New Models for Engagement – Connecting People, Employers and Jobs

OACC recently found out about this event from a member and encourages you to consider attending. It may be beneficial to your college.

DATE: January 28, 2010 TIME: 7:45 to 11:30 a.m. PLACE: Delta Chelsea Hotel Toronto

COST: $99 for Canadian Urban Institute Members, $125 non members

SPEAKERS: Hon. John Milloy, the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. David Miller, Mayor of Toronto

REGISTER: To register, click here and for more information, click here.

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Toronto is at the centre of one of the fastest growing economic regions in North America. It is an attractive city for new immigrants, as well as to youth from rural areas in search of better employment opportunities. However, Toronto’s job market is in transition, changing from a centre for manufacturing to a region providing quality, innovative services in the financial, hospitality, education, health and administrative areas. Toronto is also one of the centres for the information and culture industries.

As the market changes, how can employers find the people they need and who exactly is it that they are looking for? What are the key industries that will be growing in the future and what skills will those industries require?

The government of Ontario is actively engaged in policy and program development to ensure an efficient match between the demand and supply sides of the labour market. In order for them to be successful, the government needs to engage with employers in an on-going dialogue. Employers also need to have current and appropriate labour market information to help make sound business decisions. This half-day symposium aims to create an ongoing forum for employers and the government to engage and communicate about how to make this happen.

The Hon. Minister John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and Minister of Research and Innovation will be playing a central role at this event, which is presented by the Toronto Workforce Innovation Group (TWIG) and the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI).

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Minister Milloy Praises PCCs

John Milloy

The OACC Executive Committee attended the Canadian Club in Toronto on Monday to hear John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, speak about Ontario’s post secondary education system. During the reception held just prior to his speech, the OACC Executive had an opportunity to speak briefly with Minister Milloy, Senior Policy Advisors from the Minister’s office and former Training, Colleges and Universities Ministers Mary Anne Chambers and Chris Bentley.

In his speech, Milloy outlined the results of Reaching Higher, a 5-year, $6.2-million plan introduced in 2005 to transform the province’s PSE sector. There are 100,000 more students in Ontario’s PSE system since Reaching Higher was launched.

Minister Milloy also directly highlighted the contributions of the private career college sector. Despite the fact that the event was sponsored by Colleges Ontario and the Council of Canadian Universities, Milloy spoke to the great work done by career colleges.

“There’s another group with us today that also does important work in training and education and I want to recognize the representatives from the private career college sector and acknowledge the important contribution that they make to the system,” said Milloy. “Many of you will be surprised to know this, but Ontario is home to over 400 private career colleges. These colleges offer vocational training to about 30,000 students in 70 communities across the province.”

Milloy also made mention of the role PCCs are playing in delivering the Second Career program.

“By the end of March, our public and private colleges will have welcomed 28,000 laid-off workers through our new Second Career retraining program,” he added.

Click here to read Minister Milloy’s speaking notes.

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Inclusion Works 2010 – Voices of Change


Canada’s biggest Aboriginal HR and employment event is set to take place from April 27 to 29 at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto. Put on by the Aboriginal Human Resource Council, the program includes:

-National recruitment fair – tradeshow

-Inspiring keynote thought leaders

-One-day event workshops

-Concurrent professional development breakout workshops

-Interactive group discussions

-Networking/entertainment fun

For more information or to get involved, please click here.

The Ontario Association of Career Colleges does not endorse any events posted on this blog but rather acts as a conduit in sharing information that may be of interest to members. If you have an event that you would like to share with OACC members, please e-mail with details.

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The Gloomiest Day of 2010?

It may not be just a bad case of the Mondays. Statistically speaking, the third Monday in January is the most depressing day of the year.

According to the third annual Everest College Workplace Blues Survey conducted by Harris-Decima, the biggest cause of the blues among employed Canadians was the economy, at 29 per cent, and work – at 26 per cent.

“I think the biggest celebration New Year’s Eve was to close out 2009,” said Don Thibert, Director of Academic Affairs at Everest College and President of the Ontario Association of Career Colleges, in a recent Canadian Press article. “I think a lot of people are looking forward to 2010 being a much better year.”

The survey was conducted Dec. 3-6 and questioned 1,009 Canadians, including 599 who were employed. The results are considered accurate within plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

“Nearly three-quarters of the people surveyed said that they suffer from at least occasional bouts of workplace blues, and that’s up 11 per cent over the three years we’ve done the survey,” said Thibert.

If work is a problem, Thibert suggested keeping a journal for a month and rating each day from one to 10, with one being “completely unbearable” and 10 being “euphorically great.”

“If you’re coming in six or lower, you might really want to start taking a hard look at a career change,” he suggested.

Other Media Coverage of the Year’s Most Depressing Day

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Toronto Board of Trade Event

Board of Trade

National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo will be at the Toronto Board of Trade on January 19 for a discussion on “Building the First Nations Economy” from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.

First Nations are focused on education as the key to economic, social and personal wellbeing. Education will also enhance the development of sustainable, environmentally viable individual and community-based business opportunities.

Join National Chief Atleo for an insightful discussion on:

  • The First Nations’ vision of economic self-sufficiency and business partnerships
  • The need for Indigenous people to take a leadership role in balancing development opportunities and environmental conservation
  • Why economic issues facing First Nations impact all Canadians

Tickets are $65 for Toronto Board of Trade members and $85 for non members. For more information or to register online, click here.

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