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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

Each year NWPB delivers an annual labour market planning report as part of core operating activities. To support employers during the COVID-19 pandemic, we release a mid-year update on June 15, 2020. This document provides insights on the 2019 calendar year as well as monthly data from the first quarter of 2020. It is our hope that this document will inform recovery strategies and demonstrate measurable goals for returning Niagara residents to meaningful employment. View our latest report by clicking here.

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



Labour Market Insight Survey

In 2019, NWPB developed the Labour Market Insight Survey as a survey of the local labour force. Though we had extensive experience in surveying employers with the Employer One Survey, community consultation identified a need for producing local data that would support employers and the workforce alike in understanding the employment motivations, desires, and challenges of Niagara’s residents.

The current iteration of this survey will open later this year, but in the meantime you can view the results of 2019’s survey by downloading it here.



In Demand Skilled Trades Project

In the autumn of 2019, NWPB undertook a comprehensive study of in-demand skilled trades in the Niagara region. We paired a hundred employer interviews with job demand data and employment statistics to produce a list of in-demand skilled trades. Although COVID-19 has introduced an unprecedented shock to the local and national economy, we believe this report captures ever-green skills and insights that we can update through ongoing dialogue with local employers of skilled tradespeople. Click here to download the 2019 In Demand Skilled Trades Report



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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