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CTMA survey reveals 800 jobs available for Ukrainian refugees

Maryam Farag   

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The Canadian Tooling and Machining Association (CTMA) facilitated a survey to identify member companies willing to provide temporary or permanent employment, and other humanitarian assistance, to assist with the exodus of refugees from Ukraine who are attempting to relocate to Canada.

More than 60 member-companies completed the survey, resulting in close to 800 available jobs in the precision metalworking industry for refugees. Most of the positions available are in high paying, permanent, skilled jobs. 

“The responses received reinforce the Canadian values of offering to help and assist people in their time of need,” said Ray Buxton, Chair, Government Relations Committee . “Some of the offers were stunning. While many companies offered to provide accommodation or assist with housing; one respondent stated, ‘I personally could accommodate one family in my house.'”

Acknowledging the language barrier, companies are willing to hire a translator or work with services provided. Many companies noted they have employees who speak Ukrainian.

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The geographical area of these positions are mainly within southern Ontario, ranging from Windsor to Niagara to Toronto.

The survey was conducted by the CTMA from March 7 to 14, in cooperation with the Canadian Association of Moldmakers, Automate Canada, and the Niagara Industrial Association.

Data collected has been sent to Provincial and Federal Government contacts, including the Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training & Skills development. 

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