Local Labour Market Information
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What is Local Labour Market Information?
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.
Labour Market Reports
2019-2020 Labour Market Plan
The local unemployment rate consistently dropped throughout 2019 in the Grand Erie region, with the Brantford-Brant census area recording record low numbers.
Many businesses in Grand Erie still have job openings for a variety of positions and there’s competition to hire in some occupations, especially in the skilled trades, which has become a focus for awareness and education in the Grand Erie region.
The labour market is tight for the Skilled Trades, with a lot of concern around experienced skilled trades people retiring, and not a large enough pool of young people entering the skilled trades to replace the existing workforce.
A major focus on succession planning is needed in this tight labour market.
Addressing the labour shortage also requires that we look strategically at foundational needs in the Grand Erie region to ensure citizens have the means to navigate the workforce.
Learn more about strategies moving forward by reading the 2019-2020 Local Labour Market Plan: Navigating the Workforce in Grand Erie.
2018-2019 Labour Market Plan
Employers across the Grand Erie region continue to face challenges in finding the workers they need to grow.
Those challenges are explored in the 2018-19 Labour Market Plan titled Help Wanted: Growing the Talent Pool.
With the unemployment rate at the lowest level in almost 10 years in the Brantford area, companies are finding it difficult to hire new employees, both to replace retirements and to grow their business.
Simply put: the demand for workers is outpacing the supply of available labour. Population decline in the Brant and Haldimand-Norfolk, particularly in the 15 – 44 age range, is contributing to a shrinking labour force, leaving many businesses without the workers they need.
Read Help Wanted: Growing the Talent Pool to learn more about this and other challenges facing the Grand Erie region – and what can be done to help.
Labour Market Resources
Human resources are the most valuable asset of any business. Building the talent of Grand Erie’s adult job seekers, students and youth is the solution for continued growth and prosperity.
Area employers have a smaller labour pool to hire from, even as they face a growing need for skilled and qualified workers. There are realistic community strategies to support business.