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More than 30,000 jobs available for Ukrainian refugees landing in Ontario: McNaughton

The Ontario government will be setting up a dedicated hotline to connect Ukrainian refugees with in-demand jobs.
Monte McNaughton is sworn into his new role as Ontario's Minister of Labour at Queen's Park in Toronto on Thursday, June 20, 2019. (Tijana Martin/The Canadian Press)

The Ontario government will be providing support to Ukrainian refugees relocating to the province to help ensure they see a smooth transition.

Ontario Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development Monty McNaughton says more than 30,000 jobs will be available for Ukrainian refugees relocating to the province.

He adds the government is establishing a dedicated hotline for employers and unions to list what work is available in order to connect Ukrainian refugees with in-demand jobs.

The province will also be providing translators and settlement services to streamline the process of settling the refugees.

"Our job is to ensure that we're here for the Ukrainian people when they get here, to ensure that we have translators available, that we have jobs available, that we have places for them to live when they get here," says McNaughton during an announcement in Ottawa on Tuesday, March 15.

The labour minister is reassuring the province will be ready to welcome the Ukrainian refugees as they arrive in Ontario.

"I can tell you just by talking to hundreds of Canadians and hundreds of families here in Ontario, the Ontario spirit, the Canadian spirit is alive and well," McNaughton explained. "I know that many people want to open up their own homes to Ukrainians when they come here."

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