Local Labour Market Information

What is it?

Local Labour Market Information is research and data about the labour force and the economy, focusing on the Grand Erie communities we serve. LLMI includes face-to-face research with companies and people, along with statistical data, often using Statistics Canada information.

Why is it important?

Having fact-based research about local trends allows the Workforce Planning Board to identify labour force issues and problems in our community. Then we work with community partners to look at ways to address and solve those issues.

Here are some recent local labour market reports. Click to view:

2016-2017 Labour Market Plan

Brantford area employers continue to see a smaller labour pool to hire from, as the gap between skill levels and job requirements increases, and the average age rises.

That’s one of the key findings of the Workforce Planning Board’s new labour market report, called Forging Skills for Today and Tomorrow – Update 2016.

Factors contributing to a shrinking labour force include an aging workforce, increased length of time recipients rely on social assistance, and low numbers of youth seeking help to find employment.

Forging Skills also highlights good news stories for the Grand Erie region:

  • A significantly high number of residents have their high school diploma or a trades certificate;
  • The three fastest growing sectors are: health care and social assistance, accommodation and food services, and manufacturing;
  • Manufacturing continues to thrive, employing more than 16,500 local residents.

The Workforce Planning Board’s report, Forging Skills for Today and Tomorrow, lays out strategies designed to help people become engaged in their local workforce, help employers meet their labour demands by tapping into under-utilized populations, and encouraging life-long learning and continual skill development for our residents.


2015-16 Labour Market Plan

Brantford area employers have a smaller labour pool to hire from, even as they face a growing need for skilled and qualified workers.

That’s one of the key findings of the Workforce Planning Board’s new labour market report, called Forging Skills for Today and Tomorrow – Update 2015.

Statistics Canada figures show that the number of residents participating in the labour force is shrinking, with only 2 of 3 people active in the workforce, said Jill Halyk, the Workforce Planning Board’s executive director.

Factors contributing to the smaller labour force include an aging workforce, increased social assistance caseloads, and low numbers of youth seeking help to find employment.

“All of these factors require community action to encourage and support workers in our local economy,” Halyk said.

“There is always a need to work as a community to help our unemployed and our employers obtain the skills needed for success.”

Forging Skills also highlights good news stories for the Grand Erie region:

  • More residents are obtaining their high school diplomas and pursuing post-secondary education;
  • Construction businesses are booming, providing jobs for 4,300 employees and another 1,200 self-employed people;
  • Manufacturing is thriving and growing, employing 14,000 local residents;
  • Agriculture remains a backbone of our area, employing more than 5,000 people;
  • And self-employment is growing, accounting for two-thirds of all businesses.

The Workforce Planning Board’s report concludes that more can be done to help businesses grow and residents prepare for the ever-changing job market.

“Forging Skills for Today and Tomorrow lays out strategies designed to help people become workplace ready and to build their capacity to work in local industries,” Halyk said. “There are also realistic strategies in place to support business.”


2014-15 Labour Market Plan Preview

Our 4-page 2014-15 Labour Market Plan Preview is sort of a condensed version of Forging Skills for Today and Tomorrow.

We raise the question: Are we meeting the labour demand needs of industry by building the skills of our workforce?

The Preview focuses on Our Industries, Our Workforce, and Our Actions.

Our Industries highlights the top industries in Grand Erie, and contains information from employers about what they are looking for when hiring.

Our Workforce looks at how Grand Erie’s labour force is changing. Residents are becoming better educated and the need for residents’ to boost their education will continue, since 8 out of 10 jobs are expected to require post-secondary by the year 2031.

Our Actions highlights 3 main areas of focus for our community to work on to ensure we help people be successful in finding and keeping jobs, and ensure employers can fill the jobs they have.

The 3 areas of focus are:

  1. Developing Human Capacity
  2. Becoming Workplace Ready
  3. Understanding the Job Market

Please take a few minutes to download and read our 2014-15 Labour Market Plan Preview.

Click the picture to download.

We want to hear your thoughts. We want to hear you want to get involved to implement these actions.


Forging Skills for Today and Tomorrow

Forging Skills for Today and Tomorrow is the central theme for the Workforce Planning Board’s 2014 Local Labour Market Plan.

Photo of Forging Skills for Today and Tomorrow, WPBGE’s 2014 Local Labour Market PlanThe plan provides a honest look at what is happening to the area’s economy, industry trends, and labour market challenges.

Forging Skills for Today and Tomorrow notes that employers have a need for high-skilled occupations and asks the question: “Are we meeting the labour demand needs of industry by building the skills of our workforce?”

The answer is: “There is a great deal of work to be done.”

The labour market plan outlines a series of recommended actions that can be taken to ensure our workforce meets the demands of employers. This is essential for Grand Erie’s residents, employers and our communities.

Click on the report cover to read.


Bridging the Gap – Are We Making Progress?

This community report provides an update on changing labour market conditions and new insights into the available labour force within Grand Erie.

Picture of cover of Bridging the Gap — Are We Making Progress?The report concludes that while the economic outlook in Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk is on the upswing, thousands of residents continue to struggle to find the jobs that will provide them with stable employment and financial security.

The report details this issue and looks at ways to help residents succeed in employment.

Bridging the Gap — Are We Making Progress? provides:

  • Strategies and recommendations for action;
  • An analysis of Grand Erie’s labour force;
  • A snapshot Grand Erie’s unique and diverse workforce
  • A detailed look at industry and employment trends.

Bridging the Gap: 2013 Local Labour Market Plan

Grand Erie’s economy is undergoing a major transformation and the impact on our workforce will be dramatic.

Pic of cover of 2013 Local Labour Market PlanThat’s the theme of the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie’s 2013 Local Labour Market Plan called Bridging the Gap.

Bridging the Gap, based on interviews with dozens of local companies and statistical research, shows that employers are increasingly relying on skilled, knowledgeable workers to run their businesses.

Manufacturers, for instance, require workers who can operate and troubleshoot complex, expensive machinery. Construction, agriculture and other fields are also requiring more highly skilled workers.

Yet, firms are struggling to find skilled workers at the same time as many people remain jobless. The “skills gap” we hear so much about is happening right here, right now in Grand Erie.

Changes in our local economy require us to be vigilant, resilient and creative to adapt, so we can provide our residents with the skills and knowledge need to bridge the gap.

Read about our community strategies and recommendations to help meet the needs of our residents in Bridging the Gap.


2012 Local Labour Market Plan: Building a Leading Edge Workforce Together

Description: Our annual report outlines the state of the local labour market and priorities for action in 2012.

2011 Local Labour Market Plan Update: Communities at Work

Description: A progress report on strategies and actions from our 2011 Local Labour Market Plan.


Workforce Focus November 2011: Youth Employment

Description: A look at youth employment in Grand Erie and Ontario

Workforce Focus October 2011: Health Care

Description: A look at employment in the health care sector in Grand Erie.

Workforce Focus July 2011: Tourism

 Description: A look at the Tourism Industry, which is facing a labour shortage in Ontario.


2011 Local Labour Market Plan:
Brant-Haldimand
-Norfolk

Description: Our annual report outlines the state of the local labour market and priorities for action in 2011.

Training Gap Analysis: Rubber and Plastic Products Manufacturing Sector Study

 Description: An in depth look at the training needs of Rubber and Plastic manufacturers.

Trends, Opportunities
and Priorities
Report 2010

Description: Our major yearly report identifies priority projects and actions the community wants us to work on.


Manufacturing –
A Grand Erie
Perspective

Description: Grand Erie’s manufacturing sector is in transition, but it remains a major economic force and employer.

Local Labour Market Information: Planning for Our Future

Description: The local boards of Grand Erie, Hamilton and Niagara identified the need for local labour market information.

TOP Community
Action Plan Progress
Report

Description: Progress report update on actions identified in the 2010 TOP Report.