New Action Centre to Provide Employment Services to Help Over 3,500 Windsor Workers Find Jobs

The Ontario government says it is investing nearly $955,000 in a new action centre that they say will help 3,752 laid-off workers from various individual parts suppliers in Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent connect with the services and training they need to find new jobs in the same sector or further their careers in others.

“We stand with the workers and families that are impacted by these layoffs,” said David Piccini, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. “Ontario’s automotive industry is the engine that drives our economy, and we’re making sure no worker is left behind as the industry transitions into the future. The new Unifor Windsor-Chatham action centre will help workers get back on their feet quickly and get the services and training they need to be successful in their next job.”

Run by Unifor, the action centre will provide support services for workers represented by Unifor Locals 195, 127 and 1941, and will be expected to operate until April 2025. The primary service location will be in Windsor, with a satellite location in Chatham to ensure workers are able to access support close to home. The action centre will help laid-off workers by hosting workshops and seminars, providing peer-to-peer support, networking opportunities and job search assistance, along with access to mental health services. Unifor will also be collaborating with the Employment Ontario Service System Manager and other community service providers to prepare workers for upcoming jobs in the electric vehicle sector and other growing industries.

“Opening this Action Centre will provide Unifor members working in the independent parts supplier sector the best opportunity to access training and find new work, in a peer-supported environment,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “The EV transition continues to impact workers in the supply base and services like this are an important step in ensuring workers do not get left behind.”

By investing more than $1 billion annually to employment and training services such as Better Jobs Ontario and the Skills Development Fund Training Stream, the Ontario government is helping workers train to get well-paying and meaningful careers in the skilled trades. These investments emphasize the government’s continued effort to attract, support, and protect workers, making Ontario the best place to work, live and raise a family.

“The need to protect the jobs and livelihoods of auto parts workers throughout the Windsor-Essex region and beyond remains our union’s highest priority, The Ontario government’s funding for this Action Centre comes at a crucial time and will help provide workers with vital resources, connecting them with services, training and employment opportunities to help auto parts workers navigate the road ahead.”

Emil Nabbout, President, Unifor local 195

Quick Facts

  • The action centre is located at 3400 Somme Avenue, Windsor, Ontario, N8W 1V4.
  • A secondary service location is at 405 Riverview Drive, Chatham, Ontario, N7M 0N3.
  • There were nearly 6,900 jobs recently going unfilled in the Windsor-Sarnia region.
  • Ontario has attracted more than $43 billion in investments over the past four years to become a global leader in building electric vehicles.
  • With 700 locations province-wide, the Employment Ontario network offers a range of free services and supports that help job seekers find training and job opportunities, and businesses find the talent they need.
  • The Unifor Action Centre, Employment Ontario, Better Jobs Ontario and Skills Development Fund Training Stream are supported through labour market transfer agreements between the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.