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NWPB’s research and projects work to support employers with the latest labour market data and insights. It is our hope that these resources will help employers making effective evidence-based decisions on hiring and recruiting in the Niagara region. On this page you will find links to our current annual labour market report, the findings of our latest employee survey, and findings of our recent study on the skilled trades in Niagara.


Annual Labour Market Report

NWPB’s annual labour market report provides insights on the employment trends and local job demand at the annual level. This is an invaluable tool for employers who want a comprehensive look into the workforce data for their industry and community.

Click here to view resources outlining Niagara’s labour market indicators including our 2021 Labour Market Update, and labour market snapshots highlighting industry trends.

Our 2020 annual report which examined the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on local employment is available here.

You can also access archived copies of reports from previous years through this link.


Barriers to Employment

This project involves engaging with both employers and the workforce, with a focus on examining how barriers to employment have changed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here to see infographics and short reports relating to workforce-identified barriers to employment, employee attraction and retention strategies, and employer-identified challenges related to pandemic impacts. You can also view archives of prior employee and employer engagement results.


Sustainable Employment in Niagara – Retail

Over the past year, the pandemic created significant disruption in the retail sector. To address this issue, Niagara Workforce Planning Board, Literacy Link Niagara, and the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce produced a joint project spotlighting local retail.

This project encouraged insights from local retail employers, job seekers and employees, and service providers to highlight the various employment-related needs within the sector. Click here for project resources such as reports, infographics, and an employer toolkit.


Hiring Support

Niagara’s Employment Ontario service providers will network provides ongoing support for employers experiencing challenges hiring staff or looking to access support programs through the provincial and federal government. Click here to find an Employment Ontario provider near you.

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