Six months ago, Wellesley Institute, Atkinson Foundation and Metcalf Foundation first brought together thoughtful leaders, practitioners and scholars to envision, in a pragmatic and practical way, 21st century labour market policies for Ontario.
What grew from these discussions were a clear set of labour market policy proposals focused on workforce development and labour market regulation. These ideas are aimed at reducing labour market poverty. They will contribute to a healthier and more equitable Ontario. These are six good ideas for politicians/candidates to respond to during the election campaign.
This week, we have broadened the conversation out to a wider community. We launched the website www.talkingaboutjobs.ca yesterday. Our first stop today was in the Waterloo region. We had a thoughtful discussion in Kitchener with local leaders and anti-poverty activists, health and service providers.