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Viral videos show huge lineups at job fairs across Ontario

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Videos of massive crowds lining up for job fairs in the GTA and elsewhere in Ontario show just how tough the job market has become.

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With minimal spots to fill and hundreds — sometimes thousands — of people competing for those few roles, it’s been a grind out there for prospective employees.

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The LCBO put out a call for warehouse workers in London, Ont., and while the event listing didn’t specify how many positions they planned to fill on Saturday, it allowed for hopeful applicants to be “hired on the spot.”

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The LCBO encouraged students and people looking for a second job to apply with successful applicants given the option of day, afternoon, evening or occasional weekend shifts that would provide opportunities to “work another job, be with family and/or have time for school studies.”

The result was a messy, pushy line for those who were desperate to get their resumes into the right hands.

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Earlier this month, a hiring event at a new high-end restaurant in Mississauga showed another large crowd vying for positions at Mishree Cocktails and Cuisine.

The establishment was kind enough to provide chai tea for those waiting to be seen.

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That same day, another company, Tire Hotel in Woodbridge, was looking to staff its tire storage warehouse and showed a massive line of people waiting for their turn to shine.

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The negative comments were aimed at prospective workers with most assuming it was a sea of international students trying to get the better life they believed they would get here.

But the federal Liberal government also got its fair share of heat with many blaming Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for the state of Canada’s labour market and the rising cost of living.

“Every day, you get the opportunity to be the 500th person in a lineup of applicants for a minimum-wage job,” one person on social media wrote.

Another added: “Doing wonders for Canada’s reputation as a land of opportunity.”

A second person described it as “sad,” writing, “They come here for a better life for themselves and their family and Canada can’t even offer that. They’re just used for votes … makes me sad because they’re human too.”

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