Regent Park Local Labour Initiative
Revitalization is a platform for community transformation. From the outset of the redevelopment of Regent Park there has been a commitment to support capacity building and to create employment opportunities for residents. As development partners, Toronto Community Housing and Daniels have taken a leadership role in supporting and actively facilitating local workforce development by leveraging relationships within the labour market, and strongly encouraging 'social procurement' practices of the various partners involved throughout the revitalization process.
An on-site employment hub collaboratively managed by the City of Toronto’s Employment and Social Services (TESS) division and Dixon Hall Employment Services is at the core of the employment strategy and social procurement efforts. The Regent Park Employment Centre serves as the point of connection, both physically and procedurally, for employers, residents, agencies and services. At the Employment Centre, residents access one-on-one assistance with job searches, local employment opportunities, career planning, education, and training.
Job creation partnerships have been fostered with local organizations such as George Brown College, Dixon Hall, FreshCo by Sobeys, Royal Bank of Canada, Tim Hortons, Artscape, Paintbox Bistro and all construction contractors and consultants involved in the redevelopment work.
The local employment services partners work closely with community partners and employers to host training workshops, job fairs and to connect employers directly with qualified candidates from the community.