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Welcome to the space where we share our ongoing work with community partners in Niagara and beyond. These projects range in scope from examining labour market trends for key demographic groups to exploring new ways of supporting people in employment. Feel free to dig into these projects more by following the links to their dedicated pages.

Employer LINK

An IRCC-funded project examining innovative ways of connecting employers, settlement and employment services, and newcomers. Partnering with the YMCA Employment & Immigrant Services, we are exploring how coaching around diversity, equity, and inclusion and navigating the settlement and employment services network results in better employment outcomes for both employers and newcomers.

Engaging SMEs

An IRCC-funded project led by the Immigrant Employment Council of BC, with local collaboration with NWPB. As this project is national in scope, the collective goal 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 benefit from peer-to-peer knowledge exchange and best practices.

Women and Work

An MLTSD-funded project building off of prior work we have conducted examining employment trends for men and women in Niagara. We aim to continue providing employment insights while also connecting with and identifying local initiatives that support women’s employment and labour force participation. Our goal is to ensure supports that promote sustainable and predictable employment opportunities are available.

Youth Employment

An MLTSD-funded project which continues to track employment trends for youth, given the pandemic’s significant impact on this demographic. While we have primarily engaged with youth in secondary and post-secondary education, our work is moving to increase the scope by including insights from under-represented youth in Niagara, given the lack of data and insights representing their experiences across the labour force.

Work and Well-Being

An MLTSD-funded project investigating the intersection of individuals’ employment and well-being as it pertains to inclusive, community economic development. The pandemic has shown that these two factors are intimately tied; while historically we have examined the relationships between work and mental health, we are expanding our scope of well-being to include additional factors such as work-life balance, family/child care support, affordable housing, food security, and diversity, equity and inclusion.

Investigating Niagara’s Labour Shortage

An MLTSD-funded project which dives into the phenomenon Niagara is experiencing: employer-identified labour shortages alongside a high number of individuals looking for work – all within the context of a tight labour market. We will investigate contributing factors (e.g., shifts in employer/job seeker expectations, skills mismatches, employment uncertainties, others, etc.) to the phenomenon we have heard consistently over the past year.  

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Looking for projects from an earlier year? Have a look at our archived work:

Archive: Labour Market Planning Report and Projects

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