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If you work in the hospitality and tourism industry in the area, there’s good news. The area has struggled along for a number of years because of a loss of American tourists who once roamed the area in high numbers. Mostly because of a strong Canadian dollar and a weak U.S economy, we have had to learn to live without our American tourist friends.
A new breed of tourist has emerged and they come from within our own country. Canadians who are seeking out areas like Southwestern Ontario and cities like London to visit. For those of us that live here, sometimes we can forget how much the area has to offer. We have a plethora of outdoor activities, agricultural and food, wineries, various entertainment venues and the list goes on and on. With London being a short drive from Toronto, we have much to offer in terms of tourism.
The London Free Press did a great story on this topic and noted that among tourism jobs, the average pay rate is over $19 per hour, which will likely come as a surprise to many.
For jobseekers, don’t overlook jobs that are offered by tourism industry.
Good news for London’s immigrant community. The Federal Government is spending $22 million to help skilled immigrants get the job skills that they need to obtain jobs in Ontario, with London as one of the cities involved in the funding. Add that to $35 million that the province is spending and it equals a big help to skilled workers from moving to Ontario from foreign countries.
For those seeking a new life in Canada, this is just the boost that they need to get their credentials in Canada. In the past this has been a major problem for skilled immigrants. Those in the medical field especially as well as other trades have been trained in their native country, but when they came to Canada, those skills and training may not be recognized. The Government funds will go toward helping skilled immigrants translate their skills into Canadian approved training, allowing them to work within their field in Canada. For occupations with shortages of skilled workers, this is a welcome announcement as well as those seeking to move from unstable countries that have been affected by war and poverty.