The Erwin Hymer Action Centre

Recently the Erwin Hymer plants closed in Cambridge and Kitchener where 850 employees were affected with no notice or severance. The Cities of Cambridge and Kitchener responded quickly and offered space in both cities for Employee Hubs where affected workers could access Employment Ontario Service Providers for information and job search assistance. Those hubs closed on April 12 and the Erwin Hymer Action Centre was opened at the offices of United Way Waterloo Region Communities on April 15, 2019, to offer support to affected workers. In partnership with Employment Ontario Service Providers, this Action Centre offers affected workers the space to:

    • Network,
    • Conduct job searches,
    • Attend workshops and information sessions, and
    • Meet with Employment Ontario Service Providers for interview or resume-building support.

The Action Centre is located in the offices of United Way Waterloo Region Communities, at 50 Sportsworld Crossing (East building), Unit 220.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday to Thursday: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Employment Ontario Service Providers from Kitchener/Waterloo and Cambridge will be available for employment support on:

  • Tuesday afternoons from 1:00pm – 4:00pm, and
  • Thursdays from 10:00am – 1:00pm

For more information, please contact Brit Noble at 519-888-6100 ext 233 or by email at bnoble@uwaywrc.ca   

Events

On May 30th 2019, the Erwin Hymer Action Centre will host representatives from:

  • The Ministry of Labour,
  • Service Canada,
  • The Region of Waterloo Employment Ontario Services,
  • Conestoga College Career Centre

There will be networking, career exploration, and job search activities, as well as the opportunity to meet with Service Canada and Ministry of Labour representatives to ask questions about Employment Insurance (EI) and Wage Earner Protection Program (WEPP) timelines and status.

Local media about the Erwin Hymer Action Centre 

This brief article on the Erwin Hymer Action Centre, aired April 12 and served as an introduction to the new Action Centre activities.

This article aired April 11 and provided a spotlight on the United Way Waterloo Region Communities’ involvement with the Workforce Planning Board’s hiring fair and the new Action Centre.

CTV interviewed former Erwin Hymer employees and United Way Waterloo Region Communities’ CEO Joan Fisk on the work of the Action Centre in light of Rapido Group opening up hiring for the new Roadtrek brand on May 3.