The Cities of Cambridge and Kitchener - together with community, regional, provincial, and federal partners - will launch two employment support hubs next week to help support the employees impacted by the recent Erwin Hymer Group closure.

“We have been working around the clock to connect with all concerned partners who can offer support to the displaced employees and their families,” said Cambridge Mayor Kathryn McGarry. “I am confident we will work together and provide the help these workers need.”

"Despite the difficult nature of this closing, I am very encouraged by how all aspects of our community have come together to support those who were affected by the closing of Erwin Hymer," added Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “We know of many manufacturing firms who are hiring and who want to make it a priority to meet with these highly skilled workers.”

The municipalities, along with the Region of Waterloo, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Service Canada, and the Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation (WREDC), have been working hard to collectively offer as much support as possible to the former Erwin Hymer workers.

An information session will provide an overview of the available employment services and assistance options will be held Tuesday, March 5 at Grand Innovations in Cambridge (96 Grand Avenue South) and at Kitchener City Hall, 200 King Street West.  Registration is required:

 

The Erwin Hymer Employment Support Hubs will officially open next week between 10a.m. and 4p.m. for drop- in support.

  • Kitchener City Hall on Monday and Wednesdays
  • Grand Innovations in Cambridge on Tuesday and Thursdays

 

Community organizations and service providers, including the John Howard Society (Cambridge Career Connections), Lutherwood, Conestoga College, Anishnabeg Outreach, K-W Working Centre for the Unemployed, the Waterloo Wellington Workforce Planning Board, Agilec and the YMCA, will be on hand at both locations. Services will include everything from assistance on Employment Insurance applications and resume writing to potential job matching.

The Cities of Cambridge and Kitchener in conjunction with the Workforce Planning Board will be holding a job fair on March 7 with details below.

“The Waterloo Region has a tradition of coming together in the face of adversity,” said Region of Waterloo Chair Karen Redman. “Our local economy remains strong and the committed employees that made Erwin Hymer Group a success will be highly sought after.  The Support Hubs will provide a critical point of contact between local employers and these skilled workers.”

Erwin Hymer Group North America, which had its headquarters in Cambridge and a plant in Kitchener, filed for receivership on February 15, 2019 with approximately 850 employees impacted.

Additional Supports

  • Job fair at Conestoga College on Thursday, February 28 (4:30-6:30p.m.) at the Waterloo Campus (108 University Avenue).
  • Job fair at the Armenian Centre in Cambridge (15 International Village Drive) on Thursday, March 7 (3- 6p.m.). The Cities of Cambridge and Kitchener are partnering with the Waterloo Wellington Workforce Planning Board for this event. The first hour will be dedicated to Erwin Hymer workers. Interested manufactures are asked to register online.
  • Employment Ontario, the province’s network of employment and training providers, has more than 20 service locations in the Waterloo/Wellington Region to help workers, jobseekers and their families find jobs and training opportunities. People can find the nearest Employment Ontario partner by visiting www.ontario.ca/employment or by calling the Employment Ontario Contact Centre at 1-800-387-5656.
  • In addition, there are Ontario government web resources that can help people look for work or plan their careers, for example:
    • Job Bank (www.on.jobbank.gc.ca) can help jobseekers search for new job opportunities and set up job alerts for new postings. By creating an online profile, jobseekers can receive custom job matches as well as use of the resume builder tool.
    • The Labour Market Information website (www.ontario.ca/labourmarket) that showcases more than 500 job profiles and their future prospects.
    • The apprenticeship website (www.ontario.ca/apprenticeship) that helps people explore apprenticeship as a career option.

 

For More Information Contact:

City of Cambridge

Susanne Hiller
Director of Communications
HillerS@cambridge.ca
519-239-5293

City of Kitchener

Nicole Amaral
Interim, Director of Communications
Nicole.amaral@kitchener.ca
226-750-6600

Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation (WREDC)

Tony LaMantia, ICD.D
President and CEO
Tony.LaMantia@Waterlooedc.ca
(519) 747-2541 x101