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Mar 12

Study shatters Barrie's commuter-town myth

BARRIE - Barrie and Simcoe County are not bedrooms for the GTA, a new labour market study reveals. That's just one of several common myths the study debunks. Despite what you see on Hwy. 400 each morning, as cars fill the southbound lanes for hours, the reality is more people...
Mar 11

Simcoe County looking at ways to get residents working

BARRIE - A Simcoe County committee project looking at ways to get area residents into the workforce is being considered by county councillors. The Simcoe County 2015-19 Labour Market Strategy is a project by the county's Ontario Works, the economic development department and the cities of...
Nov 21

Cogeco expanding in Barrie

BARRIE - Cogeco Data Services is expanding its flagship Barrie centre, adding 20,000 square feet and new jobs to its Welham Road facility. This expansion, scheduled to be completed early next year, will more than double Cogeco's operational space in Barrie to 32,000 sq. ft. It brings...
Oct 31

Barrie-area company adding 100 jobs

BARRIE - One of this area's largest employers is growing again. Barrie-area based Napoleon Group of Companies is hiring more than 100 new permanent and temporary employees. "We're just experiencing unprecedented growth as a result of expanding our product line," said Shannon...
Sep 30

Employers come to job seekers in Barrie

BARRIE - Hunting for a job is a lot easier when the employer comes to you. Employers from 23 local companies gathered at the Northern Lights Job Fair at the Southshore Centre, Monday. Dozens of people seeking jobs visited the booths as organizers watched the weather. "They were lined...
Jun 20

Barrie plant jobs are safe

BARRIE - Yachiyo of Ontario Manufacturing (YOM) in Barrie is being bought. YOM employees were told Friday that a buyer has been secured for the Mapleview Drive West facility, a vehicle parts and accessories plant, which employs 350 full and part-time employees. Matcor-Matsu Group, a private...
Jun 10

Manpower survey says 16% of Barrie employers expect to hire starting in July

BARRIE - Barrie area employers expect a hopeful hiring climate for the third quarter of 2014, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey. "Survey data reveals that 16% of employers plan to hire for the upcoming quarter (July to September), while none anticipate cutbacks...
May 7

A look at how the initial plan for Park Place in Barrie changed

BARRIE - Park Place isn't as advertised Not yet, anyway. Maybe not ever. Almost a dozen years ago Park Place was spun to Barrie as a shopping mecca, a retail village, a lifestyle centre - something so unique and attractive that shoppers couldn't resist its lures. Today, it's...
Nov 22

City development strategy until 2031

BARRIE - Barrie councillors are pushing ahead with a $3.1-billion, 20-year growth and infrastructure renewal plan. On Wednesday, councillors gave initial approval to master plans and a fiscal impact analysis designed to accommodate a city of 210,000 people and 101,000 jobs by 2031...
Nov 12

City's unemployment rate among lowest in Ontario

BARRIE - Barrie's jobless rate is heading down, even faster than the national average. The city's October unemployment rate, announced Friday morning, was 5.5% - which is among the lowest of any Ontario city. It was 7.2% in September. “We've gone from the highest in the...
Aug 27

New physicians ready to start working in Barrie

BARRIE - The future of health care in Simcoe County is looking bright as more doctors are calling Barrie home. Doctors Devon Turner and Heidi DeBoer recently finished their two-year residency at the state-of-the-art Family Medicine Teaching Unit (FMTU) at the Royal Victoria Regional Health...
Jul 25

Target one of two major retailers coming to Barrie

BARRIE - Thinking outside the big box won’t get you anywhere in Barrie’s south end. Two major American retailers have targeted Park Place in their scopes for two new stores. Target Canada will put shovels in the ground this fall to build a 127,000-square-foot department store with...
Apr 19

Contact Centre Expected to Bring 700 Jobs to Barrie

BARRIE - The revitalization of Barrie’s Golden Mile has begun. A joint announcement by the City of Barrie and Hinduja Global Solutions (HGS) to open an incoming call centre in the Kozlov Centre this fall was well received at city hall, Monday. “This is a $20-million annual...
Feb 25

Orillia a Top-10 Investment City

ORILLIA - The City of Orillia can hold its own. For the first time, the Real Estate Investment Network (REIN) — a Western Canada- based research organization — has given Orillia a standalone score in its rankings of top investment cities in Ontario. The Sunshine City has scored...
Jan 7

Barrie Announces HGS Deal That Will Add 500 Jobs

BARRIE - The City of Barrie and HGS Canada Inc are excited to announce the dates of an upcoming Job Fair where the Contact Centre Company, HGS Canada will evaluate the local employment market. The event is part of the site selection process for the global company who is looking at a potential new...
Dec 18

Barrie Jobless Rate Falls

BARRIE - Barrie's unemployment dropped in November, Statistics Canada reports. Its rate fell to 7.2 per cent, which is down 3.8 per cent from a year ago. "Every day, I continue to plug away at helping improve job prospects for people in the Barrie area by lobbying for more support...
Dec 7

Barrie Gains 1,200 Jobs in One Month

BARRIE - Barrie gained 1,200 jobs in one month. The good news out of November’s Labour Force Survey from Statistics Canada indicates that not only did a whole bunch of Barrie’s unemployed gain full-time employment, but unemployment rates have been steadily falling for the past year...