Dear Ward 43 Neighbours,

With the closing of Sir Robert Borden School BTI (Business Technical Institute) located at 200 Poplar Road we have an excellent opportunity to open a Job Skills Training Centre/Community Hub. Our community needs the province to act now!!

The youth unemployment rate in Scarborough East stands at 12.7%, in sharp contrast to the City of Toronto’s current youth unemployment rate of 7.5%.*** The Province needs to act immediately to help Scarborough residents, especially our youth to meet their full potential, by ensuring they have the necessary training to find sustainable full-time jobs. A Job Skills Centre/Community Hub at Sir Robert L. Borden would help bring these tools into our community. We do not need a developer to buy the property so they can build 200- 300 townhouses!!

I need you to join me in telling the Hon. Mitzie Hunter, our M.P.P, and Minister of Education, to act now! The Province must take all the necessary steps to secure this property for a badly needed Job Skills Training Centre/Community Hub.

Please contact the Hon. M.P.P Mitzie Hunter to voice your support and tell her to halt the sale of this property. The priority is to build an eastern Scarborough Job Skills Training Centre/Community Hub. Email M.P.P. Hunter at: mhunter.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org Tel: (416) 281-2787. Please copy me on your correspondence. My email is councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca

I appreciate your time and consideration to this very important issue.

All my Best,

Paul Ainslie, City Councillor
Ward 43 Scarborough East

***The 2011 Census Canada statistics reports that 50% of residents in eastern Scarborough have a post-secondary education. This further indicates better choices are needed to further job opportunities. A Job Skills Training Centre would help many residents make a good choice of pursuing a career in the trades to find good paying jobs with lifetime skills to financially succeed.

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