Belleville Business Retention & Expansion Project Report and Action Plan
"On May 24, 2017 Procter & Gamble (P&G) announced the closure of their Brockville production plant, affecting all of it 480 employees.
The closure of the plant is to be phased with the final closure expected to be late in 2020. Following this announcement the City worked closely with Procter & Gamble, local stakeholders and Provincial ministries to provide assistance to the employees of the company and to look at programs which can reduce the impact of the closure. In February 2018 the City submitted an application to the Ontario Labour Market Program (OLMP) from the Ministry of Training College & Universities to undertake a business engagement project to better understand the impact of the closure of P&G on local businesses and labour market.
The three primary outcomes for the project were:
- A final recommendation report on actions that the community can take to mitigate against the impact of the closures and to support future economic and labour growth.
- Identify employment opportunities for displaced employees.
- Assist local businesses including former suppliers of P&G, Transcom and Sears to identify new opportunities to stabilize and grow their businesses and in turn, their workforce."