Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour
Drive To Work Caravan

Drive To Work Caravan

June 15, 2009 18:01 ET

Media Advisory: Ontario Federation of Labour's Drive to Work Caravan Travels to Kitchener Waterloo, Cambridge, Tuesday, June 16, 2009

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 15, 2009) - "Last fall the OFL came to the Waterloo Region with the statistics on the staggering job losses in this part of Ontario," said OFL President Wayne Samuelson. "Eight months later we're back with the DRIVE TO WORK CARAVAN that has been travelling throughout the province since June 8th talking with thousands of Ontarians and listening to what they say on the need to preserve and create good jobs and maintain strong public services for healthy communities."

The news for all parts of Ontario is that things are much worse than they were eight months ago. The crisis that had been confined to Ontario's manufacturing and forestry sectors has now spread across the entire economy. Workers and communities across the province have been hit hard. The job loss has been sharp and widespread.

According to Statistics Canada for the Kitchener-Waterloo-Barrie area, there are 27,000 fewer people working in the first four months of 2009. Jobless rates are up by 4 percentage points in 2009, one in every six young workers are unemployed, one in nine men are out of work and the unemployment rate for women rose sharply from 5.3 per cent to 8.2 per cent.


The OFL has asked Premier Dalton McGuinty to meet the Drive To Work Caravan when it arrives in Toronto on June 25th. "The voices of the thousands of people that have been organizing and participating in the 3,000 kilometer tour deserve to be heard by our government," said Samuelson. "It's time the real stories behind the statistics are heard - not just the number."

The Caravan will travel to Kitchener and Cambridge Tuesday, June 16:

Kitchener 11:30 a.m. City Hall Square
Kitchener City Hall
200 King Street West
Kitchener, Ontario

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Soup and Sandwich Kitchen
(prepared by Food not Bombs)

Cambridge 3:30 -6:00 p.m. Rally, Speakers, BBQ
Mill Race Park
24 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, Ontario

Follow the progress of the DRIVE TO WORK CARAVAN on the DRV2WRK website:


RSS feeds http://feeds2.feedburner.com/Drv2wrk

twitter posts http://twitter.com/drv2wrk

Blog http://www.drivetowork.ca/blog/

Facebook community www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=84266611429 and

YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/DRV2WRK

Contact Information

  • Ontario Federation of Labour
    Wayne Samuelson
    416.571.7408 (mobile)
    OFL Communications
    Dana Boettger
    416.443.7665 (direct) or 1.800.668.9138
    OFL Communications
    Sheila Keenan
    416.443.7665 (direct) or 1.800.668.9138