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Media Advisory


Ontario budget no help for already hard-hit Niagara economy

More job loss and social service cuts coming if Liberals cut program spending


NIAGARA FALLS, ON– Niagara’s already stalled local economy will continue to suffer and unemployment will increase as more people lose their jobs and are left without community supports, if next week’s Ontario budget includes funding and program cuts recommended in the Drummond Report, say labour force advocates.


Niagara Region needs strong social services to help people retrain and get back to work following the loss of 30 per cent of manufacturing jobs in the last decade. However, the Ontario government is looking at reducing funding for these vital services as part of an ill-conceived cost-cutting budget that threatens to stall growth.


At a media conference tomorrow, leaders of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario and the Niagara Workforce Planning Board will highlight what upcoming budget cuts will mean for the Niagara Region. They will also call on MPPs to vote against an austerity budget and in favour of measures to build the economy, create good jobs, and preserve and enhance public services.


WHO:              Fred Hahn, President, CUPE Ontario
Carrie Lynn Poole-Cotnam,

Chair, CUPE Ontario Social Services Workers Coordinating Committee (SSWCC)
Dan Peat, President, Niagara Region Labour Council


WHAT:            Media conference on Niagara unemployment,

social services and Ontario budget


WHEN:            Thursday, March 22 at 2:00 p.m.


WHERE:         Lobby Boardroom, Crowne Plaza Hotel

 5685 Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls, Ontario


Social service sector workers (who are members of CUPE) from all over Ontario are holding their annual conference this week in Niagara Falls from March 22 to 25.




For more information, please contact:

Craig Saunders, CUPE Communications, 416-576-7316

Stella Yeadon, CUPE Communications, 416-559-9300