Grand Erie job seekers have a powerful new tool to search for local jobs, being launched just as the economy starts to reopen.

Grand Erie Jobs, launched by the Workforce Planning Board, features 500+ local job listings on any day covering all sectors and careers, an interactive map and a career explorer tool.  All jobs shown are located in Brantford, New Credit, Six Nations and the counties of Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk.

Executive Director Danette Dalton said the tool has been in the works since last year, before COVID-19, but the launch was moved up because people need help now.

“The pandemic has hit local residents hard, with thousands losing their jobs or having their hours cut, so there’s a clear need for this,” Dalton said. “Grand Erie Jobs is going to be an essential tool as our economy starts to recover and into the future, connecting job seekers with local employers.”

Danette said Grand Erie Jobs will fill a gap identified by many community organizations and leaders. It has been three years since there last was a local job board, but it didn’t serve the entire Grand Erie area.

Grand Erie Jobs is automated to crawl more than 20 popular national, provincial and local online job sites to find jobs in the area, then puts them in one spot, so job seekers don’t have to search multiple websites. Employers don’t post directly on the website.

The Workforce Planning Board believes the interactive map sets it apart from other job boards.

Users can see and search job postings shown on the map. The map also shows the location of 400+ community services people might use, from employment centres to public transit, child care, libraries and government services.

“The map is designed that way because job seekers may want to know if there is child care, schools or transit near the workplace,” Dalton said. “Other services are listed because residents sometimes need community supports to be successful, whether access to food banks, health services, counselling and more.”

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