Employment Standards Act Information Session – April 4th
Tonight (Wednesday, April 4th), the Kawartha Chamber is hosting a workshop on the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) including recent changes to labour laws under the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (Bill 148).
The session will include a speaker from the Ministry of Labour who will cover details on minimum wage, hours of work, public holidays, leave of absence, termination, and more. A question and answer period will follow.
While all employers are aware of the recent changes to minimum wage, many have not yet recognized the impact of the new method of calculating statutory holiday pay or the requirement to provide up to 10 (including two paid) personal emergency leave days. Attend this session to be certain you are compliant with the ESA.
Doors open at 5 p.m. and the guest speaker will be introduced at 5:15 p.m. The session is taking place at the Lakefield Legion, 10 Nicholls Street. All business professionals are welcome and encouraged to attend. Admission is free, but please register so the Chamber can arrange for enough seating. Contact the Chamber office at 705-652-6963 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
To make efficient use of the Q&A time, attendees are encouraged to send their questions in advance. Please email them to email@example.com.
The Chamber thanks its professional development sponsor Lynn Woodcroft, Sales Representative with Royal LePage Frank Real Estate, and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 77.
Chamber hiring summer staff
The Chamber is now accepting applications for three summer staff positions: Marketing & Tourism Assistant in Lakefield, Tourism Outreach Assistant in Buckhorn, and Special Events & Tourism Assistant in Lakefield, Buckhorn and area.
Visit www.kawarthachamber.ca/jobs for details.
Qualified applicants are invited to email a cover letter and resume by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 13th to firstname.lastname@example.org, indicating the job title in the subject line.
Welcome Baby Griffin!
The Chamber is pleased to announce that Membership Coordinator, Jasmine Sager, has welcomed a baby boy!
William “Griffin” Cuppy was born on March 27th at 1:01 PM, weighing 8 lbs, 5 oz.
Congratulations Jasmine, Tyler, Hadley, and Hannah on your new addition!
Sarah Burke, CEO of Habitat Peterborough, guest speaker at Chamber Breakfast – April 18
Join the Chamber for breakfast on Wednesday, April 18th, with guest speaker Sarah Burke.
Sarah is the CEO of Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region. She has seen tremendous growth over the last 11 years she has been employed by the affiliate. When she first started in 2007, the affiliate was a consistent one-home-a-year builder, employed five FTE staff and brought in less than $400,000 in ReStore revenues. In 2018, the affiliate is building for and thus will serve six local families, employee 22 FTE staff, and is expected to surpass $1.3 million is ReStore revenues.
The Chamber’s Annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast is taking place at Burleigh Falls Inn & Suites from 7:30 to 9 a.m. The cost is $20+HST and includes a full country breakfast buffet. Breakfast is complimentary for Chamber volunteers.
While this event honours the Chamber’s volunteers, all are welcome to attend. Register here.
The Chamber thanks its networking event sponsor, Blue Diamond Window Cleaning.
Gala Committee Members Wanted
The Chamber is in search of Committee Members for the Awards of Excellence Gala.
If you are interested in volunteering on the Gala Committee, please email Stacey at email@example.com.
Save the Date: Upcoming Chamber Events
- May 9th – BOSS Mental Health in the Workplace, Lakefield Legion
- May 23rd – Provincial All Candidates Meeting
- June 13th – BAH Woodview Hop
Ontario Helping Young People Find Jobs
Ontario is helping young people find jobs and supporting employers by providing businesses with financial incentives to hire youth aged 15 to 29.
Jeff Leal, Minister Responsible for Small Business, made the announcement on April 3rd at Morello’s Independent Grocer in Peterborough alongside Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development.
The Employing Young Talent Incentive helps young people find jobs by offering:
- Small businesses with less than 100 employees, an initial $1,000 incentive upon hiring and an additional $1,000 retention incentive after six months for each youth hired through Employment Service.
- Business owners of any size an initial $1,000 incentive after three months of hiring, followed by an additional $1,000 retention incentive after six months, for hiring youth who face barriers to employment through the Youth Job Connection program.
Quality of Life & Jobs Summit – April 11th
The third annual Peterborough-Kawartha Quality of Life & Jobs Summit is taking place on Wednesday, April 11th, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the McDonnel St. Activity Centre (577 Mcdonnel St., Peterborough).
Organized by Peterborough-Kawartha MPP Maryam Monsef, this year’s summit will focus on the factors that influence how we participate in our communities and how we can forge new connections to improve our experiences in life and work.
The goal of this year’s summit is to develop an action plan that will engage all sectors and members of our community in improving our overall quality of life and the economic opportunities that exist throughout Peterborough-Kawartha.
Bringing together community members, innovators, artists, employers, and employees, the summit will be an afternoon of networking, learning, and connecting the needs of our community with the potential of our people.
Abbeyfield House Society of Lakefield Gala Fundraising Concert – April 23nd
Abbeyfield Society of Lakefield is pleased to announced its Gala Fundraising Concert on Monday, April 23rd at the Selwyn Outreach Centre. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are available online and will also be available at Kawartha Home Hardware and Happenstance Books & Yarns in Lakefield, and at Long & McQuade in Peterborough.
The evening will feature the Cory Gleison Choir from Cardiff, Wales, and a special appearance by Rhythm & Grace. Come out and enjoy an enjoyable evening of exciting musical entertainment to help support building the first Abbeyfield House in Lakefield — a unique alternative housing option for Lakefield seniors. For more information, call 705-652-3856.
- Performing Arts Lakefield – The Happy Pals New Orleans Party Orchestra – April 6th
- Taste of Europe at the BCC – April 7th
- Lakefield Literary Festival Spring Event – April 9th
- Social Media for Beginners, Trent Lakes – April 12th
For more information about the businesses and events listed above, please visit the Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism website at kawarthachamber.ca.
All photos supplied by Kawartha Chamber of Commerce except where noted.