Foster growth in employment opportunities and better access to jobs.
One of the main reasons why I chose to run for mayor four years ago was to help foster more job growth in Kingston so that people can find fulfilling and exciting careers right here in our city.
I often share the story about how I first came to Kingston as a Queen’s student. While I wanted to remain in this community after graduation, I wouldn’t have been able to stay if I hadn’t been able to find a good job. Years later, I meet people all the time who are in that same position.
That’s why we need to attract new businesses and help grow existing local businesses, so that people can the find employment they need to build a life here in our community.
Over the last four years, I have worked to support the growth of existing businesses in our community as well as attract and welcome new companies to move or expand their operations to Kingston. From leveraging our strong public sector to grow private sector enterprises, to fostering entrepreneurship by supporting incubator spaces, to welcoming international food processing companies and the hundreds of new jobs they bring with them, Kingston has seen a major expansion in job opportunities.
Removing barriers to finding employment is also key so that job seekers in our community can acquire the skills they need to thrive in the jobs that Kingston employers are offering. That’s why I supported a free transit program for those receiving social assistance in Kingston so that the barrier of getting to work can be alleviated.
The expansion of the bus pass to students has also supported them in getting to work or accessing opportunities for skills development.
I am also proud to have championed a made-in-Kingston Youth Employment Strategy to help remove barriers for young people and offer more co-ops and internships to help kick-start their careers in our community.
I share with you these examples of what we have accomplished, but there is more work to be done. I want to ensure Kingston continues to see growing employment opportunities and that everyone in our community has the chance to build a great life in Kingston.