Why Work for the Municipality of Chatham-Kent:
Chatham-Kent is a single tier municipality. Chatham-Kent is located in the heart of south-western Ontario and enjoys one of Canada’s most temperate climates.
Chatham-Kent is a rural-urban municipality that borders both Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair; local residents and tourists alike flock to these waterways to enjoy many water-related pleasurable pastimes including boating, water-skiing, and world-class fishing. The community can also boast about its two spectacular Provincial Parks -- Rondeau and Wheatley.
Chatham-Kent is positioned for growth. Supported by two post-secondary educational institutions, the University of Guelph's Ridgetown Campus and St. Clair College of Applied Arts & Technology, we are building on our economic base of agricultural, energy, and advanced manufacturing and growing number of small businesses in service, cultural and tourism sectors. Highway 401 intersects Chatham-Kent at several points and, as such, residents can readily access neighbouring communities such as London, Windsor, and Sarnia/Detroit within a one hours' drive, and are only three hours from Toronto.
Employment is highest in the manufacturing and construction industries, and Chatham-Kent is home to a number of auto part production firms. Chatham-Kent's leading private sector employers in 2012 include Union Gas Limited, MSSC, and KSR International. In addition, Aditya Birla Minacs, SelectCore and TekSavvy operate contact/service centres in Chatham-Kent.
Agriculture is Chatham-Kent’s leading economic driver, and we are number one in Canada in the production of seed corn, tomatoes and sugar beets. Chatham-Kent is also home to the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus, a state-of-the-art ethanol fuel plant (GreenField Ethanol), a growing greenhouse sector, and an expanding renewable energy movement which includes wind, solar, and biofuel developments.
There are also a number of specialty businesses, such as a world-renowned classic car restoration business (RM Auctions) and Scribendi, founded in 1997 as one of the world's first online editing and proofreading companies. The company's primary goal is to provide clients with fast, reliable, and affordable revision services.
The Municipality is committed to retaining and attracting new businesses in Chatham-Kent and have introduced a number of economic development incentives to leverage investment, including but not limited to, the Downtown Community Improvement Plan, the Brown & Bluefield Community Improvement Plan and in planning stages, a new Commercial Community Improvement Plan. Additional economic development tools include a variety of employment incentives, an engaged proactive approach to retain business and we offer complimentary services to employers seeking assistance. The value proposition for relocating to the region is highly competitive; development assistance is available in all investment opportunities. Chatham-Kent is open for business.
Recreational opportunities are abundant as we are minutes from Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair; two Provincial Parks, Wheatley and Rondeau; two historic rivers, the Thames & Sydenham; and several conservation areas located directly on the northern migratory birding and butterfly routes. The area boasts several excellent golf courses, many beautiful public green spaces and walking trails. Throughout Chatham-Kent there are many tennis courts, skateboard parks, swimming pools, arenas and more, all highly accessible to the public.
In addition to several existing venues within the region, such as the Chatham Cultural Centre, housing a 400 seat theatre, gallery and museum, Chatham-Kent’s quality of life is further enhanced by the completion of five major capital investments in tourism, culture, recreation and education: The opening of a new YMCA in 2011; a new 1200 seat live performance theatre, the St. Clair College Capitol Theatre, which plays a key role in attracting world class programming to the region; a new 65,000 square foot premiere conference, convention, trade show and meeting centre; and a state-of-the-art Health-Plex recreation and fitness facility at St. Clair College. These five projects represent investment exceeding $70 million dollars, and ensure our community continues to be a model for progress, sustainability and future growth.
The region is rich in history with national historic sites and festival and events highlighting the regions significant involvement in the War of 1812, the Underground Railroad story and Canada’s first oil & natural discoveries. Our abundant waterways offer world-class fishing in two of the most productive fresh water lakes. Chatham-Kent is the “Classic Car Capital of Canada” with attractions including RM Classic Car Exhibit and the Chatham-Kent Museum, and many large classic car festivals throughout the summer season. Wining and dining in Chatham-Kent is a delicious experience with many restaurants supporting the Buy Local Buy Fresh initiative. Wine connoisseurs will enjoy award-winning wines at Smith & Wilson Estate Winery and Early Acres Winery, or a bottle of craft beer at Chatham-Kent’s first microbrewery, Bayside Brewery in Erieau. Many farm markets and roadside stands are available throughout Chatham-Kent.
The Municipality of Chatham-Kent is committed to resident attraction and retention. Age and cultural diversity are essential to making Chatham-Kent an attractive proposition for new and existing residents. By capitalizing on our many natural assets—which include a low cost of living; safe, welcoming and family-friendly communities; geographic “sweet spot” location; and an active arts, culture and recreational scene—we aim to build successful resident attraction strategies. Our Newcomer portal (www.chatham-kent.ca/newcomers) showcases (in a variety of languages), just some of what we offer...and it is only the starting point!
As an Employer
The Municipality employs approximately 2200 individuals, including permanent full-time, part-time, contract, volunteers and students. The Municipality of Chatham-Kent plays an active role in attracting skilled people to our force, offering a wide range of employment opportunities.
All employees are given the opportunity to apply to internal and external postings. All our external postings are posted under JOBS under Municipal Jobs on our website at www.chatham-kent.ca.
The Municipality of Chatham-Kent is an equal opportunity employer. Applicant information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Privacy legislation and will be used strictly for the purpose of candidate selection.
Core Values for the Municipality of Chatham-Kent
We respect one and all by showing consideration for one another’s opinions, values, and beliefs
We will be fair, impartial, and just in everything we do
We believe in, have confidence in, and rely on, one another
We will be truthful, courageous, trustworthy, and accountable for our actions
We will be straightforward and ethical
We will do the right thing
What everybody does matters
We will work willingly together to achieve the common goal to serve our customers
We will listen, speak up and be heard
Everyone knows what they need to know to do a good job
We believe in a safe workplace for all