Hundreds Flood Hiring Fair at Ottawa Conference and Event Centre


World Skills Employment Centre held a job fair with over 200 clients in attendance.

There was a lineup at the registration desk where services were offered in English, French and Arabic.  The turnout was fantastic and exceeded our expectations.

At one point, the floor was so full, people had to squeeze past one another to get from booth to booth. It was a good problem for employers to have.

The event also offered free parking as well which was appreciated by both employers and job seekers.

Thank you to our great employer partners: AGF Steel INC., Amica at Bearbrook , Canadian Museum of History and Canadian War Museum City View Retirement Community , CLS GROUP, GEM Health Care Services, Glamour Secrets Beauty Bar, Graybridge Malkam, Indigo, Kochin Kitchen, Kognitive Marketing, LRO Staffing, Mikes Garden Harvest , Ministry of Community Saftey and Correctional Services , Movati Athletic, MSI Corporation, Munro and Scullion Contracting Inc, Nutri Lawn, Ottawa Carleton District School Board, Ottawa Police Services – Civilian Recruitment, People Ready, Securitas, Sobeys ,TD Place / Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, The Grounds Guys / Mr. Appliance and Valley Flowers. Without your participation this event would not have been a success.

Thank you also to the service providers; Catholic Centre for Immigrants, Immigrant Women Services Ottawa, OCISO, Somali Centre, YMCA, Ottawa Community Loan Fund, Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization and Agilec who participated with their newcomer clients.

The testimonials and feedback we received from employer’s, clients and service providers were great.

“The Career Fair was excellent there was great employer service and great clients. It is very beneficial to have Job fairs for our business. There was Great service from staff, the details on the event were clear and there were lots of qualified, personable and impressive candidates. The staff were very helpful and my volunteer assistant was excellent very helpful and attentive. It was a great experience and very worthwhile to promote our organization I would highly recommend the event.” Chantal Desbiens –Partner, Talent Management | Human Resources – Canadian Museum of History and Canadian War Museum.

“It was a great opportunity to meet skilled people from a variety of different backgrounds who are eager to work and establish themselves. The job fair and all the support prior to and on the day were very beneficial. The spirit of this event is supportive for everyone. Every staff member I talked to was awesome.” Mike Milson – Owner – Mike’s Garden Harvest

 “The event had excellent service and was well organized. They had a great turn out and I would do this again. At the job fair I was able to get 40 potential labours for summer employment and full time positions. The event also had a translator present at no cost, it was really planned out well. The staff were very helpful in every way possible.”
— Bobby Ghosh, Payroll and Human Resources, Munro and Scullion Contracting Inc.

“World Skills Employment Centre staff are very professional, responsive and provided information in a timely fashion. We are happy to work together to better serve clients.  The communication at the Job Fair was great. I am happy to participate in any WS event. It was excellent, great execution.”
— Kathleen Holloway Jun, Outreach Worker, YMCA

The next job fair will be in March 2019! We would love to partner with you to help you diversify your workforce. If you are an employer who is interested in participating, please get in touch with.

Author:  Shaye Belanger, Employer Engagement Facilitator for the Roadmap to Employment Program, World Skills Employment Centre.


  1. Congratulations, You World Skills folks are amazing, my daughter now has a garden plot at Mike Harvest Garden, so far doing well, it is too much work but good exposure to other communities out there. Mike has no idea of my connections with World Skills Employment Centre. I am glad he was one of your employer partners at the job fair. One never knows what I say could lead to, I have to be careful while digging that soil and laughing with other gardeners. Keep up the good work.

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