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City seeks input regarding employment

Wednesday, March 05, 2014   by: Staff



The District of Sault Ste. Marie Social Services Administration Board (DSSMSSAB) is looking for input and ideas from Ontario Works participants regarding employment.

We are developing our five- year strategic plan and would like to hear how we can better assist you in moving forward towards meeting your employment goals.

With participant input, we can work together to help individuals transition from Ontario Works towards competitive employment.

Provide your comments at a public consultation session to be held on the following dates:

  • Monday, March 24, 2014 – 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    Crawford Community Corner, 73A Chapple Street
  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 –10:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
    Sault Ste. Marie Soup Kitchen Community Centre, 172 James Street
  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Essar Center, 269 Queen Street East, Angelo Bumbacco Room (lower level)
  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 – 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    The Chapple Community Center, 73A Chapple Street

The involvement of former and current Ontario Works participants is encouraged to ensure that the Ontario Works program meets the needs of the most vulnerable including: new immigrants, youth, the aboriginal population, individuals/families facing eviction, people with mental health issues and victims of domestic violence.

Individuals or groups unable to attend an information session can submit comments and suggestions by email to

For additional information, contact the Social Services Department – Ontario Works Program Manager at 705-759-5453.


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foxylady069 3/5/2014 12:51:54 PM Report

Wow, I was thinking of going to Tuesdays meeting but I don't want to stay out until 11:30 p.m. I may have to work the 7 a.m. shift.
damzull1 3/5/2014 1:19:17 PM Report

where would you find employment in sault ste marie, now you have to go to meeting incase someday someoen will find you a job this town is dead no work here thats why everyone is leaving except ther drug dealers cos welfare is good
hockeyman18 3/5/2014 1:27:58 PM Report


I am not one to poke fun of poor grammar on the internet, but that was atrocious. Using proper grammar helps get your message across. There is no doubt that youth today have a severe disadvantage towards employment -- unless they leave.
I, for one, have left to pursue my career due to a lack of positions being offered anywhere in Ontario, let alone the Sault, and have never regretted it. Time to pack up and leave. I feel bad for youth, but adults could easily move away. There is no reason why people could not/should not have to stay unless it is life or death.
bubba2006 3/5/2014 1:39:51 PM Report

are you kidding? Some people on Ontario Works don't WANT to work! Why should I have to work when I can get a cheque for sitting on my butt at home? Why should I have to work when I can make extra money by screwing my current landlord for this month's rent money? Why should I work when I could get my beer and cigarettes delivered to me at the door by a delivery service? No thanks, I like being on the system. I take great pride in teaching my children from 6 different fathers how to live on the SYSTEM. Job? No thanks.
muddslinger6 3/5/2014 1:41:45 PM Report

its not thats theres "NO" jobs...its that theirs no "JOBS" that people want to work at...really look at the jobs available...All the min wage paying jobs should be filled with people on welfare that can work but choose not to as they are not forced to look for work at all...just fill out this piece of paper and welfare will pay you...why would these people work when they don't have to...some people on welfare i do understand require it "temporarily"...welfare is there to help when u need it...not an EFFIN career...I know a few people who currently collect welfare and have for many years...I am tired of seeing people bitching about no money...then get off your ASS and go work at McDonalds or Timmie's...oh thats right those JOBS are is being a leech on the world and its tax payers...anyone who disagrees please feel free to email
Tito 3/5/2014 1:49:42 PM Report

one of the few major construction jobs in ssm was the Catholic highschool, and our very own schoolboard gave it to an out of town I have to leave town while people come from down south to work on a school that we pay taxes for and send our kids to. I remember a few years back there was a program to "bring people back" to the soo because so many people had to leave over the years.....and then our own community sells us out.
Entitledtomyopinion 3/5/2014 2:03:11 PM Report

I work I.T. and found nothing but call center work. It's who you know. Moved away now have a good job with great benefits and the healthcare is better down here too. Only going back to the Sault for Christmas and funerals.
Battler213 3/5/2014 2:17:17 PM Report

People use to travel the country by foot looking for a job. Now they sit and wait - and wait.
Rachel01 3/5/2014 2:42:24 PM Report

My daughter goes to a University in Waterloo and about a month before she came home she applied for approximately 50 jobs. She did not receive one call from any of the places she applied to. She is an honor roll student and in Chemistry so she is not lacking in the smarts department. Most jobs in the Sault are given to people they know or someone that works there that knows someone that could use a job. Many places it is mandatory to post a job position but in actuality the position is usually already filled by someone they know.
25miller 3/5/2014 2:49:01 PM Report

You want jobs in the Sault??? You want jobs in Canada??? One way to do it..Get rid of all the box stores and Canada will boom again..
bugalugs 3/5/2014 3:20:56 PM Report

Your university student daughter should put her name in with the city for summer work...they only hire university students apparently, and a lot of them, usually they are related to city workers but the odd one or someone who knows who gets in...the other kids, get used to it, you only get prime jobs here if you know someone or are related to someone. I know a person who just retired and got on full time at the GHC because her best friend is hi up there.. found a way to get her in the door and now she is working there....she is old and retired has lots of money but now has another full time job just because.....that's how it works in this town! Don't let anyone tell you differently, years of watching and learning and seeing!
our camp 3/5/2014 3:23:56 PM Report

welcome to Sault Ste Marie "family owned and operated"
Tito 3/5/2014 3:25:16 PM Report

I agree, that's we have a certain company that's in the steelplant and advertised for "retirees" to come back to work, so these retired people come back and double dip while the young people of this town have to leave.
Rachel01 3/5/2014 3:41:56 PM Report

Hi bugalugs...she did put her application in with the city as well and did not receive a call. From what I heard they are the worse culprits for hiring who they know. This information was given to me from a city worker...wished i could divulge a name.
shju 3/5/2014 4:17:12 PM Report

A degree in Chemistry wont get you a job in the Sault. You might get on with praxair/buglab or essar but there are only a select few jobs. Even with a degree you still need your prof lic. Like I said before if you take fancy degree's you need to move. Young people need to do some research on the type of jobs available in the area's they wish to live in. If you want to stay in the Sault you need to take up a trade or be a nurse. Other then that its luck of the draw on jobs like any other city in usa/canada.
Just Curious 3/5/2014 4:20:38 PM Report

tito, it's a sad fact of life but a hell of a lot of young people today just simply don't want to work at anything that might mean some physical labour or having to get up before 9 in the morning. I know a young man that was offered x dollars to shovel a driveway.. Wasn't working, no money, nothing else to do with his time. He went and measured the driveway and computed the cubic feet of snow he would have to shovel and turned the job down.. It was big bucks but he was too damned lazy..Everyone wants to sit and push buttons...:)
shju 3/5/2014 5:01:31 PM Report

If you want more jobs in the city you need give tax breaks for companies to move here. Why would anyone want to build anything worthwhile here when they could make things cheaper somewhere else. Where is the draw? The world has reached a point were jobs wont be created anymore. Its just a shifting of people. The only way to "create" jobs is to revert back 30 years when one person stayed home and took care of the family(male or female). If one person stayed home that opens up a lot of good paying jobs. Those jobs are filled by the people that are now working min wage jobs. The min wage jobs are now doing what they were intended to do(students and people starting out) Prices of homes drop by half because you don't have 2 incomes competing against other people with 2 incomes. The only downside to 1 income is a pension. Offer full CPP credit for any family member that stays home and takes care of the family as(Its a full time job taking care of the household)

There is no fix for this as human natures greed will always prevail.
Quick solutions would be war or epidemic. I don't see this happening anytime soon.
Entitledtomyopinion 3/5/2014 5:41:00 PM Report

Everybody was saying to me "Oh apply to the city, and Essar, and the school board" - After 5 years I gave up.
duncan1 3/5/2014 5:53:41 PM Report

I think another overlooked problem in this city is childcare. And since most people on welfare have 4+ kids A lot of people cannot afford the 40-60$ per day to put their kids in daycare. If working min wage job then thats most of their shift. So then they think their other option: why not just sit at home pop out some more kids and collect from the government ?? So maybe if the city fixes that problem more people will work .... Maybe....hopefully
Bruins Nut 3/5/2014 6:40:54 PM Report

There are no jobs.
Essar wants the retired people back to double dip so they can buy a 5th car 2nd camp then wipe out another generation of employment.
S&T hires double dippers so they can double the millions they already have.
Essar is in discussion as we sit here with the Chinese to bring foreign workers here to do the work at 1/2 the cost that the scabby S&T are doing with double dippers.
Local 2251 and the city know whats going on and they are not saying a thing.
School board gives the construction of the new school to a clac company that brought all the workers from southern ontario.
There is no help. Government people have jobs.
They prove it daily that its not about the Soo.
I encourage everyone to call your mayor and ask about why they allow the influx of Chinese and East Indians that are not Canadian citizens taking our jobs here in the soo. Please post what she has to say.
Javaman 3/5/2014 8:58:27 PM Report

Maybe Essar brings these workers back because they have the expertise?? Speciality areas?
Working Man 3/5/2014 8:59:49 PM Report

Wow, look at all the whiners and complainers here in the Sault. No wonder your life sucks!

What i'd like to know is, what is with all these Arabians taking over our city (No offense)? I mean, they're everywhere, driving around in nice shiny vehicles. I swear their cars run on curry also. Now they seem to be doing well here! ;)
Tito 3/5/2014 9:04:13 PM Report

No Javaman they hire them because they don't offer any pension or benefits because they don't need any because they are already getting a pension which makes them cheaper to hire then people who still need a retirement. So these retirees are screwing over a generation of potential younger workers....its a discrace. They need a life go enjoy your retirement instead of taking anyone jobs that people really need.
Bruins Nut 3/5/2014 9:17:00 PM Report

the young men would love to be trained so they can gain experience.
They don't have to pay pension or benefits when they hire double dippers.
But wait...the Chinese are coming too..wait you will see.
They will work 6 month contracts and take their money back home
Mark my words....
bubba2006 3/5/2014 10:28:01 PM Report

WELFARE recipients need to get off their butts....let me rephrase that....government needs to change the way welfare cheques are handed out....what did immigrants do in the 5o's and 60's? Collect welfare> NO. They worked their butts off doing whatever jobs they could find, not knowing how to speak English. Stop and look around you. THEY ALL HAVE LOTS OF MONEY AND HAVE ACCOMPLISHED MORE THAN MOST EVER WILL. THEIR CHILDREN ARE WELL EDUCATED. Immigrants worked their butts off to give their children a better life. Then you have others JEALOUS of immigrants and all they have. East Indians in this community as one post made reference to ARABIANS...they are the immigrants of the 5o/60's. They work hard and DON'T SUCK ON THE GOVERNMENT NIPPLE! Welfare recipients need to go and scrub toilets for a buck.
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