Vote to help name our new local job portal

Vote to help name our new local job portal

A new community job board is looking for a name.

Residents are invited to vote on a list of five names for the job portal, which will soon be launched by the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie.

The portal will show up-to-date job listings in Brantford, Six Nations, New Credit and Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk counties. Local job postings will be automatically pulled from about 20 frequently used online job sites, and the location and details of each position will be shown on an easy-to-use map.

The five names in the running for Name the Job Portal voting are:

1.       Jobs2Advance

2.       Grand Erie Jobs

3.       Advance2Jobs

4.       Careers2Grow

5.       Job Radar

Voting can be done by going to: HERE

Name the Job Portal voting will close on May 18.

Many local workers lose work due to COVID-19: survey

Many local workers lose work due to COVID-19: survey

More than 40% of Grand Erie residents have lost work due to the COVID-19 crisis, a new survey shows.

The Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie’s COVID-19 Worker Impact Survey of 450 people found that 37% are temporarily not working, while another 5% have permanently lost work.

The biggest impact has been on people in the sectors of accommodation and food services, retail and wholesale trade, and education. Youth (ages of 18 – 24) working part time in the retail and food sectors appear particularly hard hit.

One in three respondents said they were worried about having enough food, and paying their rent, mortgage and paying monthly bills.

The local survey’s results are consistent with those from six other workforce planning boards in Southwestern Ontario, who conducted the same survey. Collectively, Workforce Planning West surveyed 2,570 people.

“The results of this survey will give government, business, and the community a better understanding of how the COVID-19 crisis has impacted workers and their families in our region,” said Danette Dalton, executive director of the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie. “These results will also help inform where the Workforce Planning Board focuses its efforts to support our community.”

The survey asked if and how a worker’s employment status changed since March 2, their occupation, and which sector they were employed in. Questions were designed to gain insight into which groups of workers have been most affected by COVID-19 and in what ways.

In the Grand Erie region, 54% of respondents said they are working less or not at all, 27% are working the same amount, while 19% are working more, especially people working in health care, transportation and warehousing.

Other highlights from the survey of Brantford, Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk residents include:

  • 23% of residents are working from home temporarily (13% lower than the regional average of 36%)
  • 65% of residents are confident they will be able to find work after the COVID-19 crisis ends
  • 80% are aware of worker supports set up by government, and 52% said the programs meet their expectations
  • Residents said the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), increased access to Employment Insurance and support for women’s shelters and sexual assault centres are the most important supports put in place by the government at this time
  • 85% believe grocery stores are doing enough to support their families at this time, and 80% believe pharmacies are doing enough
  • 50% of residents believe that our communities will be stronger after COVID-19

The COVID-19 Worker Impact Survey was open from March 26 to April 20. Grand Erie region results had a margin of error of 5%, 19 times out of 20; and the Southwestern Ontario results had a margin of error of 2%, 19 times out of 20.

Two dashboards are available to help people view and interpret the raw survey results online:

COVID-19 Worker Impact Survey Results Dashboard

Comparing Local vs. Regional Data from the COVID-19 Worker Impact Results Survey Dashboard

Brantford area job market strong in 2019

Brantford area job market strong in 2019

Brantford’s jobless rate has climbed for the first time in six months, but 2019 overall saw strong job growth.

The city’s unemployment rate was 3.8% in December 2019, up from the historic low of 3.1% in November, according to seasonally adjusted estimates derived from a Statistics Canada survey of local households.

Norfolk’s jobless rate was 6% for December, monthly figures not adjusted for seasonal factors.

The year 2019 was a strong year for Brantford’s job market and employment growth. From 2018 to 2019, employment grew by 8,700 people to 78,700 people, according to annual Statistics Canada data, also released Friday. Three-quarters of the job growth in 2019 came in full-time work.

20 questions for 2020

20 questions for 2020

Area employers are being urged to answer 20 questions to kick off 2020.

The Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie and about 20 partner organizations will be sending the annual EmployerOne survey out to employers throughout January.

It is the 7th year for the survey, which gathers information on the workforce needs and challenges of employers in Brantford, Six Nations, New Credit and the counties of Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk.

This year’s survey has been shortened to 20 questions which focus on core issues, including hiring and separations, staff attraction and retention, in-demand skills and hard-to-fill jobs.

The Workforce Planning Board will analyze the data collected and release survey findings in the spring.

Videos celebrate local manufacturing

Videos celebrate local manufacturing

Four new videos have been released that celebrate local manufacturers, their products and the occupations behind them.

The We Make It Here videos, one for each Grand Erie municipality, showcase local manufacturers who make a diverse range of goods, ranging from biodegradable drinking straws to military parts, chiropractic tables to bird food, irrigation equipment to communications antennas, and more.

The 12 companies featured in the videos are:

  • Brantford: Patriot Forge, Stone Straw, Apotex Pharmachem
  • Brant County: iSPAN Sytems, Wade Antenna, Apogee Ceramics
  • Haldimand County: Armstrong Milling, Elite Manufacturing, Cargo Ease
  • Norfolk County: On Time Precision Components, Lonestar Welding, Cadman Power

The We Make It Here videos were produced by the Workforce Planning Board in partnership with the companies, municipal economic development departments, the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board and the Grand Erie District School Board. The project was funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

The videos build on manufacturing videos released in 2018 and 2017.

October job numbers new record low

October job numbers new record low

Brantford’s jobless rate has fallen by three percentage points in the last year, setting a new record low last month.

The city’s October unemployment rate was 3.2%, down from 3.6% in September and 6.2% a year ago in October 2018, based on seasonally adjusted estimates released Friday by Statistics Canada.

Brantford’s jobless rate sits well below that of surrounding large metropolitan areas, with Hamilton’s the next best at 4.8%. Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, St. Catharines-Niagara, and Guelph all have unemployment rates at or above the Ontario average of 5.4%, while London’s tops 6%.

While Brantford’s jobless rate has been falling over the last few months, other numbers have been moving in a negative direction. In particular, the number of people who are not in the labour force – those neither working nor looking for work – has been increasing. Since July, an estimated 4,000 more people have been classed as “not in labour force” by Statistics Canada.

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