Vol 3, Issue 1, March 03 2023

Hamilton's Labour Market Connection

Your Weekly Updates & News From WPH!

In this Week's Edition:

Hamilton's Labour Force Information January 2023, Connect To Careers Conference 2023, Connect To Careers Interviews w/ Mohawk & Redeemer, ABEA: Organizational Needs Assessment, ABEA: Better Jobs Ontario, Hiring In Hamilton, Happening in the Community: (YWCA Active Living Centre 55+, St. Charles: Computer Class for Beginners, Free Job Training for Hamilton Youth, HWDSB Continuing Education Hill Park Learning Centre, Lakeland Pool Now Hiring, Women Taking The Wheel, Goodwill March 2023 Calendar) and News: "Conversations with Black youth: Reflections on Canada’s labour market" and "What can the data tell us about Black Canadians and the labour market?"

Labour Force January 2023

Review Hamilton's Labour Force Information for January 2023

Review Hamilton's Annual Labour Force Stats for 2022

Connect To Careers Conference 2023

Connect to Careers is the best way to find and recruit new talent — presented in partnership by McMaster University, Mohawk College, Redeemer University and Workforce Planning Hamilton.

With years of experience hosting successful job fairs, we can help you meet your recruitment goals and hire qualified candidates for your open positions. Attend Connect to Careers to meet with a diverse audience of motivated students, recent grads and community members. Returning to FirstOntario Centre this year, this in-person event provides an easy, effective way to network and make connections.

We're pleased to announce that we’re partnering with the McMaster University Nursing Student Society (MUNSS), a student body of BSCN students from all sites (McMaster, Mohawk, Conestoga) and all streams (Basic, Accelerated, RPN-BScN). Nursing graduates and current students from all three sites of the collaborative program, Mohawk and Conestoga RPN students will be attending the fair.

Why participate?


• Connect with qualified job seekers.

• Recruit for full-time, part-time, summer and co-op positions.

• Leverage your time and effort and reduce recruitment costs.

• Meet face to face with more than 2,000 students and alumni from three top Hamilton institutions, as well as job seekers from the Hamilton community.

$650 per employer booth (sponsorship packages are available)

If you are part of a not-for-profit organization with fewer than 20 employees, you can register at the reduced fee of $350 (CAD) plus HST.  

Register here!

Connect To Careers Interviews w/ Mohawk & Redeemer

Hamilton Youth Workforce brings you a great Q&A from Bruce Wilson at Redeemer University & Pearl Mendonça at Mohawk College regarding the upcoming ‘Connect To Careers’ Job Fair!

Click here to watch the interviews!

For more information on Hamilton Youth opportunities

Follow Hamilton Youth Workforce on Instagram!

ABEA: Organizational Needs Assessment

Do you have skill gaps and retention issues in your company?

A successful employee is more likely to stay on the job and reduce your employee turn over. But sometimes skills gaps in communication, math or digital technology get in the way.

Through an organizational needs assessment we can create a customized training plan to increase your employees' skills now and for the future.

We partner with you to use your business as the foundation for skill-building. Your employees can get customized training to increase their skills, abilities and capacity for growth in your company.

Investing in learning helps your business grow and helps your employees feel valued. You are part of our community, and your success is our business.

Connect with ABEA today!

director@abea.on.ca 905-527-2222 x 1


ABEA: Better Jobs Ontario

Are you interested in training for a job?

ABEA will work with you to:

● find training programs

● explore the skills you'll need for the training

● develop a plan

● connect with an Employment Service to support you with your application

Contact us today!



#BetterJobsOntario #skillstraining #jobtraining

Who's Hiring In Hamilton?

View WPH Job Board to explore more!

Integrity Staffing Solutions is hiring Personal Support Workers & Nursing Students.

Click here to view job posting!

Integrity Staffing Solutions is hiring RPN's & RN's.

Click here to view job posting!

Wild Waterworks is hiring for multiple positions.

Click here to view job posting!

Happening In The Community!

YWCA Active Living Centre 55+

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YMCA's March calendar has a number of workshops, events and social activities for you to join this month.

Our Spring Season will begin April 10th.

The Spring Program Schedule will be released and Registration will begin March 13!  We look forward to having you join us for our upcoming season of programs. 

St. Charles: Computer Class for Beginners

St. Charles has another free Computers for Beginners class that runs March 27-April 17. Morning or afternoon available.

Free Job Training for Hamilton Youth

We are still recruiting participants for our JA Job Shadow program scheduled to run between March 14th-16th. We have now opened registrations more broadly to youth between the ages of 16-20; these youth could be enrolled in school full-time.


For more information on Hamilton Youth opportunities

Follow Hamilton Youth Workforce on Instagram!

HWDSB Continuing Education Hill Park Learning Centre

Food Safety Training

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Computer Basics Level 1

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 Hill Park Learning Centre is accepting registrations for the Food Safety Training - Food Handler Certification Course and Computer Basics Level 1 Course. Limited spots are available. Please see the attached flyers for specifics.


  • Are you passionate about food? Looking for employment in the food service industry or want to provide safe food in your home? Learn the basic principles of handling food in a safe manner with our FREE Food Safety Training - Food Handler Certification Course.

  • Do you have little to no experience using a computer? Our course is designed to build confidence while providing practical hands-on computer skills and knowledge. Learn the basic principles of using a computer with our FREE Computer Basics Level 1 Course.


  • Must be able to attend the course independently without the aid of a support worker
  • Participants are required to be 19 years of age or older (we can accept a small percentage of 18-year-old participants provided they are not attending high school)
  • Resident of Ontario
  • Have less than Grade 12 education OR
  • Be assessed as having to improve reading, writing, or math skills OR
  • Participants who are newcomers to Canada require a Canadian Language Benchmark Level 5 or 6 in Reading/Writing/Speaking/Listening (some Level 7's accepted)


All participants must pre-register prior to start date. This will involve completing online registration forms and an assessment to confirm suitability (nothing scary). We offer assistance during this process.


Meaningful discussion is a hallmark of the Cornerstone Program. Everyone has a voice. We pride ourselves in providing an atmosphere of inclusion and strive to maintain a positive culture. Our courses typically attract an eclectic mix of people. As such, we require all potential learners to be open-minded and thoughtful towards others in the classroom.


To register for Food Safety Training please contact:

Trevor Blanchette (LBS Assessor & Instructor)

905-561-2190 ext. 4791


To register for Computer Basics Level 1 please contact:

Vanessa Bryne (LBS Assessor & Instructor)

905-561-2190 ext. 4792


Lakeland Pool Now Hiring

Women Taking The Wheel

In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, we are hosting HSR’s Women Taking the Wheel info session. This will be an amazing opportunity to hear from a panel of bus operators and meet members of the recruitment committee and learn more about this exciting opportunity. One of our goals is to encourage more women to pursue a career in transit and continue to build a workforce that reflects our community. However, that does not prevent other genders who qualify to apply.

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2023 

Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  

Location: Mohawk College – The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation, 135 Fennell Avenue, Room EA015 

Free parking or transit is available to registered attendees.

We would love if potential candidates join the March 8th event coinciding with International Women’s Day not only to learn more about the operator role but to ask any questions they have that will help in making the decision to apply.

If potential candidates are unable to attend, do let them know that they can apply from March 2 – 23 through our recruitment page. This page also provides skills and attributes required to apply for Bus Operator Recruitment | the City of Hamilton 


Goodwill March 2023 Calendar


Conversations with Black youth: Reflections on Canada’s labour market

The history of Black labour in Canada has led young Black people today to understand their labour market prospects differently than many other population groups.  

We spoke with Black youth across Canada to understand their perceptions and experiences with the Canadian labour market. Using a snowball sampling method to reach youth across the country, we conducted semi-structured conversational interviews that were designed to understand perspectives and examine of areas most relevant to each participant.  

Many of the youth we spoke to referred to Canada’s historic racial barriers and segregated workforces.

For example, Jamal, a 24-year-old visual artist from Toronto, Ontario whose grandparents immigrated to Canada from Trinidad in the early 1950’s, reflects on his own opportunities compared to what he understands of his grandparents and parents:

My grandparents got here and basically just had to struggle to stay alive. Had to work just to stay alive and keep their children alive. There were no choices, there was no opportunity to find a new job because you didn’t like it or because you were being treated badly. They worked wherever they were able to find work, wherever anyone would have them. My generation has options, has choices and has opportunities to find work that we are passionate about – work that we actually want to do. 

Read more here!

What can the data tell us about Black Canadians and the labour market?

Despite the contributions of previous generations, there are still significant differences in the employment and earnings of Black people relative to the rest of the Canadian adult population.  

First, some background on current-day Black Canadians as a population group:

In the last 20 years, the Black population in Canada has nearly doubled in size to 1,198,540 (2016).

The Black population now accounts for 3.5% of Canada's total population and 15.6% of the population defined as a visible minority.

The Black population in Canada is a young demographic: it is younger than the total population of the country, with the median age for the Black population being 29.6 years, versus 40.7 years for the total population.

Black youth experience racial gaps in labour market outcomes: they have a higher unemployment rate, a lower employment rate and lower earnings compared to other Canadian youth.

Here’s what the 2016 Census tells us:

The employment rate of Black people of all ages is lower than in the rest of the population.

For those of working age (25-64 years old), the overall unemployment rate was 10.1% for the Black population compared to the Canadian average of 6.4% for the same cohort.

Black youth (15-24 years old) had a higher unemployment rate (24.3%) compared to the Canadian youth average (15.5%).

In 2016, the employment rate was 78.1% for Black men and 71.0% for Black women, compared with 82.6% and 75.5%, respectively, for their counterparts in the rest of the population.

The employment rate gap grew significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic. In July of 2021, the unemployment rate for Black Canadians was 16.8%, while the national average was 11.2%.

Read more here!

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