Town of Tillsonburg introduces Bonds to help developers

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Town council recently approved the use of development bonds as an alternative way for developers to meet their security deposit obligations required for new construction projects. These bonds can be used instead of cash or letters of credit and allows the developer to provide security without impacting their cash flow. A development bond is a relatively new financial tool that is just starting to be used in Canada. The Town of Tillsonburg received a request from a local developer to provide this tool and, after conducting some due diligence, it was determined that this is a suitable way to enable flexibility for the developer while protecting the Town. Providing this option is just another way that the Town is working to create a more business friendly environment. Earlier this year, 324 local employers from the London Economic Region (Elgin County, Middlesex County, Oxford County, the City of London, and City of St. Thomas) completed the EmployerOne annual survey, where they provided information on their organizations workforce. The EmployerOne survey is a comprehensive survey of local employers focused on the demand-side of the London-region labour market. The annual survey collects information on a range of Human Resources issues: labour turnover, hard-to-fill position, recruitment difficulties, and current and future skill shortages. KEY FINDINGS: n  81% of respondent said they hired in 2017, 69% of respondents plan to hire in 2018 and 42% of those hires are due to expansion plans n  Top hires in 2017 included: full-time and part-time occupations in manufacturing and sales and service occupations

“Tillsonburg has a long history of continuous improvement and this is just another example of how we work with investors to improve the services we offer” says Stephan Molnar, Tillsonburg Mayor. The new bonds do not restrict developer’s balance sheets as a letter of credit would. Instead, bonds will be granted by insurers allowing developers to access cash in a way not normally possible with letters of credit. “This change will have a real impact and enable developers, especially small and medium developers, to manage their projects more effectively resulting in increased levels of development in the municipality.” says David Calder, Tillsonburg` s CAO. n  38% of respondents said they hired a youth, 27% hired someone who is over 55, and 20% hired a visible minority n  Hard-to-fill positions in 2017 include: trades helpers, construction labourers, industrial trades, and service representatives n  Top planned hires for 2018 include: full-time and seasonal sales and service jobs, jobs in manufacturing, and contract trade jobs n  43% of participating businesses rank the availability of qualified workers in the region as excellent or good n  Top 3 recruitment methods: personal contacts, online jobs boards, and company website n  Employers value work ethic, self- motivation, and teamwork/interpersonal skills in employees n  80% of participating businesses provided professional development or training for employees

EmployerOne Survey Results

Thanks to Co-op student Sharon Quach for her assistance in preparing this newsletter


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