Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! This week is Workforce week and it is all about jobs.  The Labour Market Group and many community partners including your Chamber, will be hosting events and seminars all week long.  The events are dedicated to raising awareness of local workforce opportunities here in the Nipissing district.  For information on what’s happening this week, visit www.thelabourmarketgroup.ca .

It is interesting to note some of the statistics provided by the Labour Market Group.  One of the stats that surprised me most was that over the past year, there was an average of 396 job postings per month in our District.  In February of 2017 the top three annual salaries ranged from $55,000. to $95,000. per annum.  I was not aware of this until I read it and I think there will be others in our district that will be surprised with some of theses statistics.

Much has been done in the past and there is still a long way to go in filling the vacancies that exist in our labour market.  Your Chamber is working with many groups on this issue and especially with the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board.  The co-operation and dialogue continues to break down barriers for people without employment and those seeking to fill vacancies within their organizations.    Thanks to Joe Bradbury, the Board and staff at DNSSAB for looking for concrete solutions that are “out of the box” thinking.

As spring continues to slowly emerge and our thoughts turn to summer activities within our district, your Chamber wants to remind all readers that it is less than 330 days until North Bay host the 2018 Women World Curling Championships, March 17-25, 2018.  North Bay and area will be showcased on the world stage for months prior to the actual event and especially during that week.  We encourage all of our members and non-members alike, to purchase their packages and get behind this prestigious event.  Volunteer, ticket and package information can be found at www.curling.ca/2018worldwomen/.

Lastly, I would like to congratulate the Discovery Routes Chair Mark King, his Board and staff for the insight and continued work on the Voyageur Cycling Route.  Eco-tourism and active healthy life styles are an important part of this districts economy and we fully support the initiatives of this group.

Peter Chirico is the President and CEO of the North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce.