June 24, 1948 (20th Parliament, 4th Session)


Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)



One must not forget the tremendous numbers who pass through the employment offices. We spoke of the displaced persons this evening. The placement of those people is undertaken through the agency of the employment service. In the last year about seven hundred thousand people have passed through those offices, going from one job to another. One must remember that there has been almost a complete disappearance of what might be called private employment agencies. Most of the people brought from Great Britain under the Ontario immigration scheme were placed at work through the instrumentality of the employment service.
Another activity that has been carried on is the placement of university students in employment during the summer months. In fact almost every activity that has for its purpose the placement of men and women in employment is undertaken by the employment service. Today we have reached the point where some of the Canadian trade unions have made it part of their agreements that the employment agency Shall do the actual employment, rather than the old office at the gate we used to see in days gone by. A big organization like General Motors of Canada, for instance, uses the employment service exclusively. Then we have had the transference of labour, during the summer months particularly, from the western provinces to the east and vice versa, which is handled by the employment service.
I mentioned university students, and in that connection I brought along with me a letter from the students' administrative council, Hart House, University of Toronto, addressed to one of my officials in that city. It reads:
It is particularly difficult, in fact it is almost impossible, to express adequately in a letter the great debt of gratitude that this department owes to you and your department for the magnificent work which your officers and your department have accomplished nothin the university in placing this great student body in summer work.
The statistics which I have received from you speak for themselves. They are most impressive and such a tremendous job would have been im-

possible without devoted application to duty on the part of your officers who were at the university. Your own interest and co-operation has left nothing to be desired and I can only say that I look forward with the greatest of pleasure to renewing this association next year.
I do wish, however, to place on record my appreciation of the very valuable work done by Mr. Halse who for the past two seasons has been with us at the university. I have been stopped in the corridors, on the street, and elsewhere by the students who are grateful for the time and energy he took in their particular cases. I know that Mr. Halse spared no efforts towards anyone who was interviewed by him in seeing that they were suitably placed. He has done a magnificent job and we owe him as well a very great debt of thanks.
I will include the statistics of placement in my report to the president of the university whieh is sent to t'he provincial and dominion governments. I will be glad to send you a copy of this report when it is completed.
Yours sincerely,
"E. A. Macdonald" General Secretary-Treasurer.

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