Timmins has a shortage of skilled labourers.  Within the next year or so, General Motors will be laying off 2,600 workers at its Oshawa plant – many of them tradespeople.

So the Timmins Economic Development Corporation is trying to get some of them to move here.

That’s according to community economic development director Maggie Matear (mah-TEER).

“Certainly, the GM workers are on our radar as a potential source of newcomers to the community to address some of our labour force shortages,” she confirms to My Timmins Now Dot Com.

Photo credit: GM Canada/Facebook

Matear and a colleague are developing a strategy, based on a suggestion from the local employers council, which meets regularly to discuss such issues.

“One of the things that we’re looking at is job fairs,” says Matear, “and Oshawa is actually holding a couple in February, April, June and August.  We’re planning to attend at least two of those and promote Timmins and the job opportunities and the quality of life that we have here.”

Matear says Timmins beats Oshawa in terms of lower housing prices, and that’s just one of the advantages.

“We look at things like fresh air quality, even. No smog alerts up here.  We look at commuting distances.  So there’s an average 12-minute commute here.  Not so fortunate down there.”

In addition, Matear says TEDC will promote our parks, green spaces and lakes, all within easy access from the city.

North Bay and Sault Ste. Marie are also targeting the GM workers whose jobs are being eliminated.