The National Job Fair & Training Expo

The National Job Fair & Training Expo

March 27, 2009 12:53 ET

The National Job Fair & Training Expo Presents Its Largest Spring Fair: Positive Vibes and Golden Career Opportunities!

Canada's most established, comprehensive and largest recruitment event returns to Toronto, March 31 and April 1 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North building, Exhibition Hall C

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 27, 2009) - The National Job Fair & Training Expo, presented in collaboration with the Toronto SUN, 24 Hours, Employment Ontario and the Government of New Brunswick offers more than 7,000 jobs, entrepreneurship opportunities, training and education offers and all career services in over 80 sectors. Visitors will be able to meet with more than 800 recruiters, career specialists, HR professionals and admission officers, thanks to the presence of over 170 exhibitors from Ontario and other provinces. This is exactly what it takes during these economical times.

This is exactly what job hunters, transition seekers and those looking for a new career and from all age groups and from all sectors will access by attending the 14th edition of The National Job Fair & Training Expo next Tuesday March 31 and Wednesday April 1 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Opening hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on both days.

The participation record of 172 exhibitors at the last fair in fall 2008 could even be broken with the number of exhibitors still rising at the spring 2009 fair at press release.

Attending candidates will benefit from the fair's dynamic, prospective and unique network environment. With an average attendance of over 10,000 visitors, this is the busiest recruitment event in Ontario. This year, an increase of visitors is anticipated.

Job offers will go from full-time, part-time, temporary, seasonal, casual and volunteer positions for candidates with extensive or limited experience, not to mention the many career opportunities available onsite through educational, training and career service organizations. Canadians, New Canadians, Newcomers, Professionals and technical personnel, interdisciplinary individuals, bilingual (English-French) individuals, internationally trained individuals, as well as new graduates and students are welcome to attend. Employment opportunities will cover the Greater Toronto Area and its outlying regions, other municipalities in Ontario and other provinces.

"In a time that is characterized by much doom and gloom, we want job seekers to know that good opportunities are available," says President, Founder and Show Manager Daniel Levesque. "We created an environment that supports employment in the Greater Toronto Area and Ontario as well as in other parts of the country. A large group of dedicated people joined forces for this event to fulfil the employment needs and career development process that cannot be covered otherwise. These two days will have a positive impact on candidates as well as exhibitors," Levesque says.

The fair allows for one on one encounters with employers, which is still considered the best way to find a job today. At every stage of an individual's career, it is vital to stay connected with the employment market, especially nowadays.

Top-notch features

The fair extends over four main pavilions. The Employment Pavilion has six featured zones: The Ontario, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, Relocation and Retail recruitment zones. The three other pavilions are dedicated to Training & Education, Career Services and Entrepreneurship. The fair is completed with several interactive activities supporting the career development of all attendees, such as free New Canadians Employment Consulting Centre, free Professional Resume Assessment Centre, the Career Posting Zone, 18 public presentations and 12 entrepreneurship seminars.

Ontario: Largest pool of employers at the fair

It is no surprise that Ontario represents the largest contingent of employers, training and education facilities and career service organizations, from over 20 cities across the province. The Ontario government supports this employment initiative as major sponsor for their 10th participation.

"Employment Ontario is more than a strong partner. We have a long-standing history of face-to-face service to the 100,000 job seekers and individuals in career transition that walked the fair since their first participation in 2003. With its support, Employment Ontario helps the fair to develop and back all aspects of employment, education and career services in the community", says Daniel Levesque.

The Honourable John Milloy, Ontario's Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, will address all exhibitors and media at the opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 31.

Also, Daniel Kay, Regional Program Manager for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, will do a presentation. His presentation, Introduction to the Ontario apprenticeship system, is not to be missed. Scheduled on Wednesday, April 1, at 4:00 p.m. at the Public Presentation Area, this presentation will be an introduction to how apprenticeship training works in Ontario, how it benefits employers, workers and Ontario's economy.

New Brunswick's dynamic participation reflects economic growth

The Government of New Brunswick's Population Growth Secretariat is back after last year's first participation, but this time as a major sponsor. The New Brunswick government will be leading a recruitment mission along with a delegation of some 20 companies and educational facilities, such as Malley Industries, Atlantic Lottery, Moncton Flight College, NB Power, Business New Brunswick, City of Fredericton and SwiftHire Corporation. Visitors to the Toronto fair will have direct access to New Brunswick employment opportunities in a wide range of sectors such as: energy, trade, manufacturing, education, construction, engineering, information technology, and more.

Greg Byrne, Minister of New Brunswick's Population Growth Secretariat, will address all exhibitors and media at the opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 31.

"With our sponsorship of this important event, we are sending the message to jobseekers across the country that New Brunswick is the place to be for individuals seeking both a great career and great quality of life," said minister Greg Byrne. "I am confident that patrons of The National Job Fair & Training Expo will get a first-hand glimpse of all that New Brunswick has to offer when visiting our unique recruitment zone."

Growth in New Brunswick is real and it's happening now. The sod's been turned $1.7-billion potash mine; the Point Lepreau nuclear generating station is undergoing refurbishment; the environmental impact assessment process is moving ahead on Irving Oil's proposed $7-billion refinery, and there are more projects on the horizon. The potential impact of these projects is astonishing: more than 30,000 new jobs in a variety of sectors, billions of dollars in provincial tax revenues and up to $44 billion in new investments in New Brunswick.

Thousands of jobs for grabs in Saskatchewan

Returning from its introductory participation at the fall 2008 fair, the Saskatchewan government leads a contingent of close to 25 companies in the second presentation of the Saskatchewan Recruitment Zone, which will promote, Saskatchewan's largest job-matching website. In a recent count, nearly 5,800 private-and public-sector jobs were posted on the website, many of which will be up for grabs at the event.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, Saskatoon Mayor Donald Atchison and Regina Mayor Pat Fiacco, will present the province's employment opportunities at The National Job Fair & Training Expo. Premier Brad Wall will announce a unique incentive program for post-secondary graduates who relocate to Saskatchewan for a minimum of seven years on April 1, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (booth 722 and 723).

Prince Edward Island: A new recruitment zone

The spring 2009 event will introduce the Prince Edward Island Recruitment Zone. Prince Edward Island may be the smallest Canadian province, but its growing economy is big news. Projected growth in its economy is translating into job opportunities that both the public and private sector will showcase at this spring's National Job Fair & Training Expo. P.E.I. in-demand fields currently include IT, aerospace and skilled trades as machinists, welders and electricians. Family physicians, radiologists, nurses, and university professors are also in need, though one of the greatest demands is for long-haul truck drivers.

Visitors to the fair will also have direct access right here in Toronto to employment opportunities from employers from Alberta, Manitoba, Yukon and Northern Canada.

Services of great value for attendees

The New Canadians Employment Consulting Centre, presented in partnership with ACCES Employment Services, will offer free individual sessions with a professional employment counsellor. The sessions will help to discover the essential steps newcomers need to build a successful career and life in Ontario.

The Resume Professional Assessment Centre, presented in partnership with The Career Foundation, will offer its unique free resume critique session and career development assessment session by professional career counsellors.

Other highlights include the Career Posting Zone with hundreds of jobs posted, career training programs, education programs and career services; free presentations; free entrepreneurship seminars; and a documentation centre providing literature on featured exhibitors.

The National Job Fair & Training Expo has reached such magnitude that it became Canada's largest and most comprehensive recruitment event open to the general public. In fact, the spring 2009 fair is the fourth consecutive one to welcome over 150 exhibitors, which is a unique accomplishment in the last two years in Canada. In recent fairs, there has also been an increase in Canadian provincial (Ontario, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, Nunavut and Alberta) and federal government involvement and participation, which is an indication of significant recognition.

The National Job Fair & Training Expo has known only success and growth since its inception seven years ago and has gradually grown through the delivery of quality fairs. General admission is $3.75 per person. Visit to learn more.

The list of exhibitors is available on the website at

The National Job Fair & Training Expo is produced by Canada's no. 1 organization specializing in recruitment events with more than 500 exhibitors and over 45,000 visitors yearly in Toronto and Montreal.

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