In order to meet the goals of the LEPC pilot project we have worked with our community partners and Central Planning Table to develop initiatives that will increase the availability of local labour market information; to assist employers in developing their workforce, aid post-secondary institutes in planning programming to meet the needs of the labour market and coordinating and integrating Employment Ontario and Non-Employment Ontario employment and training service providers to efficiently meet the diverse needs of employers and job seekers.

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Labour Market Information

A key component of the LEPC/CLPE pilot is to increase the availability of local labour market information and to encourage employers and organizations to utilize the data to create evidence based decision practices.

To this end, the NSWPB and Northern Policy Institute are partnering through the LEPC/CLPE on multiple projects. Working with the Timmins LEPC we have employed a data analyst to create community level labour market reports and to work with communities to put this new information to work. Data collected by LEPC/CLPE will also be made available as part of a regional labour market plan and through an online portal. Ensuring you, our community, have as much information as you can about labour demand and supply before making decisions about the future.

The LEPC/CLPE will be continuing to explore the issue of our demographic dependency ratio. This reflects our urgent regional need to not only move quickly to full employment of our existing population but to continue to expand our workforce through attracting newcomers to our region. Whether fellow Canadians or those from abroad.

The LEPC/CLPE will also be issuing a call for proposal, supervised by Northern Policy Institute, for the development of a tool for estimating key census indicators in non-census years.

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Labour Market Information Workshop

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Data workshops will be provided across the Thunder Bay District by the Local Employment Planning Council to provide community members with a better understanding of how labour market information and data can be accessed and used to inform policy making. This interactive half-day workshop will provide participants with a hands-on opportunity to learn how and where to access local data, and demonstrate how data can be used to inform decision making.

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Baakaakonaanan Ishkwaandemonan

Through community consultation and discussions with partner organizations, the need to develop strategies to promote the benefits of hiring Indigenous and Newcomers to local employers was identified. Baakaakonaanon Ishkwaandemonan (bah-kah-ko-nah-nun shkwahn-deh-monun) project will be focused on identifying current best practices and promoting existing resources available for supporting hiring. Our team is committed to helping employers identify and access the knowledge and supports they need to make inclusive hiring choices.

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The LEPC/CLPE in partnership with local industry, unions, businesses and education facilities recognizes that there are unique issues that are facing apprenticeships in Northern Ontario. Through research and consultation, the LEPC/CPLE has moved forward with several initiatives including the exploration of an apprenticeship consortium, a guide to apprenticeship and a marketing campaign to promote apprenticeship as a viable career option for young people.

EmployerOne Marketing for Increased Participation Strategy

The EmployerOne Survey is a comprehensive survey of local employers designed to collect information annually on a range of human resource issues: labour turnover, hard-to-fill positions, recruitment difficulties, and current and future skill shortages. The results from the survey are utilized to target and improve services at the local, regional and provincial levels.

Based on the 2015 survey results, the Local Employment Council has responded to the needs of our employers by developing initiatives such as Magnet, apprenticeship promotion and the Employer Resource Helpline. We want more employers to have the opportunity to have their voice heard. We have dedicated resources to develop strategies to reach out to more employers and increase the rate of participation in the 2016 survey.

Coordinated Services Calendar

The NSWPB, LEPC is currently working together with community partners to develop a community based information tool that service providers in the Thunder Bay district can access to determine what services, events and training opportunities are available for clients. The online calendar will be hub that gathers all information and resources that will enhance capacity to provide information and referral services throughout the LEPC.

Regional Human Resource Strategy

The Regional HR Strategy is a collaborative venture of the North Superior Workforce Planning Board (NSWPB) Local Employment Planning Council. The purpose of the Regional HR Strategy is to mobilize current and emerging knowledge of the workforce to better align labour supply with labour demand and become a significant driver of economic growth and enhanced well-being in this region. There are 2 current projects of the Regional Human Resource Strategy Committee:

Knowledge Network: Through a process of building trust and collaboration, the North Superior Workforce Planning Board (NSWPB) will nurture the formation of a knowledge network of people and organizations who are stakeholders in labour supply.

Mapping the Labour Supply as a Social Network: The goal of this project is to develop the capacity to map or visualize the labour supply as a dynamic system using social network visualization and analysis tools.

Increasing Aboriginal Participation in the Labour Market

According to Statistics Canada (2011 data), the employment rate for the Aboriginal working age population is 63%, lower than the rate for Non-Aboriginal individuals (76%). The unemployment rate for the working age Aboriginal population is more than twice the rate for other Canadians of the same age (13% versus 6%).

Finding innovative solutions to enhance Aboriginal participation in the labour market is imperative. In order to obtain different perspectives and approaches to this labour market issue the LEPC/CLPE is issuing a request for proposals.


This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

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