Ted Arnott, MPP
Wellington – Halton Hills
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 22, 2012
MPP Arnott stands up for Acton
(Queen’s Park) – Responding to the McGuinty Government’s decision to close the Acton
Employment Resource Centre, Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott delivered the following
statement in the Ontario Legislature on February 22:
“A few days ago, my constituents were surprised and disappointed to learn that the Employment
Resource Centre in Acton is slated for closure.
This local employment counselling service, funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and
Universities and delivered by Links2Care, has helped countless Acton and area residents with job
searches and resume writing.
The work they do creates hope where there was once despair, and turns lives around for the better
when clients hear the simple words: “you got the job.”
Upon hearing the news of the pending closure of the Acton Employment Resource Centre, I
immediately wrote the Minister of Training, Colleges, and Universities to protest.
Subsequently, on February the 9th, the Town of Halton Hills Council passed a resolution which
strongly supported the Acton jobs centre.
Let’s remember that many people who are out of work in Acton don’t have cars, and there is no
public transit in Acton.
I dropped into the Acton jobs centre unannounced on February the 15th, meeting some of the staff
and one of the clients, who spoke in glowing terms about the help she’s receiving.
In today’s uncertain economy with its stubborn high unemployment rate, a jobs plan should be one
of the government’s highest priorities, and helping the residents of a community like Acton should be
part of that jobs plan.
What will the Minister do to ensure the residents of Acton continue to have access to local job
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