Below are our ongoing projects with community partners in and around Niagara. These projects range from examining labour market trends to exploring new ways of supporting people in employment. Learn more about these projects by clicking the links to their dedicated pages.
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 local support from NWPB. The goal of this project is to engage with local small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop networks and provide safe spaces for employers to share their labour and hiring challenges and solutions.
Women and Work is an MLITSD**-funded project examining employment trends for men and women in the Niagara region. We aim to provide employment insights while also connecting with and identifying local initiatives that support women’s employment and labour force participation. Our goal is to promote sustainable employment opportunities for those in the region.
Youth Employment is an MLITSD**-funded project which tracks employment trends for youth. While we have primarily engaged with youth in secondary and post-secondary education, our work is moving to include under-represented youth in Niagara. We found there is a lack of data representing their experiences across the labour force.
Work and Wellbeing is an MLITSD**-funded project understanding the connection between individuals’ employment and well-being. In the past, we’ve examined the intersections between work and mental health. Our inquiry into wellbeing has expanded to include factors like: work-life balance, family/child care support, affordable housing, food security, diversity, equity and inclusion.
Investigating Niagara’s Labour Shortage is an MLITSD**-funded project that dives into the issue Niagara is experiencing: labour shortages while many individuals are still looking for work. We will investigate factors including shifts in employer/job seeker expectations, mismatched skills, and employment uncertainties to understand the labour shortage in Niagara.
*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.