Our current projects range from examining labour market trends to exploring new ways of supporting people in employment— and in all cases, we’re working in partnership with employers and community organizations to lead this work.
Our social infrastructure underpins our economic wellbeing. The Caring Economy – including healthcare, education, and social assistance – is the backbone of that infrastructure.
Largely made up of non-profit organizations and staffed by women, the caring economy workforce faces unique challenges like pay inequity, labour shortages, and employee burnout. This MLITSD**-funded project allows us to investigate and help address these challenges.
Employer LINK is an IRCC*-funded project examining innovative ways of connecting employers, settlement and employment services, and newcomers. We have partnered with the YMCA Employment & Immigrant Services to explore how coaching around diverse, equitable, and inclusive recruitment and retention practices results in better employment outcomes for both employers and newcomers.
“Building SME networks” is an IRCC*-funded project led by the Immigrant Employment Council of BC with support from organizations across Canada, like ours. The goal of this project is to engage with local small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop networks and provide brave spaces for employers to share their newcomer talent hiring and retention challenges and solutions.
Our government has committed to welcoming up to 500,000 newcomers each year between now and 2025. As employers are challenged with an aging (retiring) workforce, this presents an opportunity. Within the opportunity, there is a need to better understand immigrant employment dynamics and how they impact the labour market in small to mid-sized communities like Niagara.
Our Immigrant Employment Council work is funded by IRCC* and MLITSD**.
Through funding from MLITSD**, we’re enabled to collect and analyze labour market data throughout the year to understand workforce dynamics and trends in Niagara. Every December, we begin to produce a local labour market planning report to inform stakeholders in workforce development and their planning.
These reports also shape our team’s action plan year-to-year as we endeavor to work in partnership in Niagara (and beyond) to find solutions to problems within the labour market.
As a local planning board, we’ve been sharing insights related to in-demand jobs and skillsets for decades. Through this MLITSD**-funded project, we’re working closely with community partners, like post-secondary education institutions and training providers, to explore new ways to innovate training to address workforce challenges and needs.
*Our federal department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
**Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development
We are collecting data to better understand who is looking for work and what kind of opportunities jobseekers are searching for. This data is completely anonymous and non-personally identifiable.