Research & Innovation
The LEPCs are dedicated to collaborating with community stakeholders in the design and development of projects to research and test, where possible, innovative approaches to addressing local labour market issues or opportunities
Current and Ongoing Projects
Indigenous Inclusion Policy Project
Through community consultations over the past several years, it has been identified that there are current emerging issues in providing an inclusive workplace culture that require policy development to support employers in their operations. Policies shape the performance of an organization and reinforce organizational values. The LEPC developed a Guide to Developing Indigenous Inclusion Policies which will assist employers in their efforts in creating inclusive workplaces and encourage greater understanding of the value and benefit to hiring Indigenous job seekers.
Regional Human Resource Strategy
The Regional HR Strategy is a collaborative venture of the North Superior Workforce Planning Board (NSWPB)/Local Employment Planning Council (LEPC). 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.
Research in Northwestern Ontario regarding Bilingual Job Vacancies
The LEPC, in partnership with the Northern Policy Institute (NPI), Association des francophones du Nord-Ouest de l'Ontario and Réseau de soutien à l’immigration francophone du Nord de l’Ontario conducted a qualitative and quantitative research in Northwestern Ontario to identify gaps between the number of bilingual positions posted/available and the number of positions that go unfilled. The research study explored and identified occupational postings, positions that go unfilled, resulting gaps, sectors impacted, what factors cause these gaps to exist and why, as well as actions that would best address these issues.
Research and report on strengthening service coordination currently among service provider networks
The LEPC conducted a research report on the examination of current networks of client referral and client uptake of referred services, as well as networks of professional relationships among Employment Ontario and other service providers. This research would provide insight into the existing local networks, revealing gaps in referral and uptake, as well as areas where network capacity needs to be built to include service coordination efforts. Findings would provide a baseline against which to compare outcomes of service coordination activities, and were expected to enhance local organizations' capacity to develop a strategy for the implementation of a service coordination plan. Please see the link below to view and download the final report.