Vol. 6 Issue 4, June 25, 2020
Hamilton's Labour Market Connection
Your weekly news & updates from WPH!
In this week's edition: Spotlight on Ontario SME's; Service Canada Webinars; May Labour Force Survey - Focus on Occupations ; Who's Hiring in Hamilton during COVID-19?; Hamilton LMI May 2020
Spotlighting Ontario Small Business #DifferenceMakers
Small Business, Big Impact

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s highlights a range of Ontario’s SMEs that have successfully adapted during this difficult time.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have been at the center of the economic crisis caused by COVID-19. Faced with reduced revenue, poor liquidity, disrupted supply chains, and a host of unprecedented challenges, many small businesses have used this as an opportunity to pivot their business model and grow.
The report is extra impressive as it features 4 local Hamilton-based businesses! Shout out to Momentum Fitness, Eccles Auto Service, Shawn & Ed Brewing Co, and The Other Bird for being recognized for their adaptation during these challenging times in the report by Ontario Chamber of Commerce.

Service Canada Webinars
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Service Canada is offering free webinars throughout July to provide information about federal government programs and services that could benefit our community - including Indigenous peoples, seniors, persons with disabilities, families, youth, workers (including self-employed individuals), employers and newcomers.
All seminars are hosted at 10:00 am.

COVID-19 Support for Workers
Review types of Employment Insurance benefits, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, the actions required for maintaining benefits, earnings while on claim and other resources to support return to work endeavours. In collaboration with Employment Ontario and Canada Revenue Agency.
Dates: July 09, July 16, July 23, July 30 

COVID-19 Support for Employers and Service Delivery Partners
Receive an overview of the work-sharing agreement, special measures implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic, financial support for your employees or clients. In collaboration with Employment Ontario and Canada Revenue Agency.
 Dates: July 07, July 14, July 21, July 28

Services for Seniors
Information about financial programs and other services offered by Service Canada for Seniors and their caregivers. The session will also provide general information about Service Canada that may be of interest to Seniors.
Dates: July 08, July 22

Services for Newcomers
Information on Service Canada's programs and services of interest to Newcomers. The goal of the session is to assist Newcomers in understanding and accessing Government of Canada benefits and programs.
Dates: July 15, July 29

Join from anywhere- all webinars are done electronically!

What Happened In May In The Labour Market?
Occupation Information
Review of Skill Levels 
Skill Level A: professional jobs that usually call for a degree from a university
Skill Level B: technical jobs and skilled trades that usually call for a college diploma or apprentice
Skill Level C: intermediate jobs that usually call for high school and/or job-specific training
Skill Level D: labour jobs that usually give on the job training

Since the pandemic began, Hamilton has shown a decline in employment across all skill levels. Skill levels C and D saw the largest declines by percent 24% and 18% respectively. However, when Phase 1 was introduced in Ontario and government restrictions began to lift, only skill level B showed job gains.

Two occupations have shown growth in Hamilton during May and throughout the last three months. Administrative and financial supervisors and administrative occupations increased by 2,900 jobs and Maintenance and equipment operation trades increased by 2,400 jobs.

The largest decreases were service type jobs in Hamilton. Service supervisors have seen a decline of 9,000 occupations and specialized service occupations have lost 5,300 jobs. Transport and heavy equipment operation and related maintenance occupations also saw a large decrease with 5,200 job losses.
May has shown some significant information for our local and provincial labour market and we have featured some facts in our newsletters. We have produced a report with more details and information regarding the labour market throughout May.

Who's Hiring in Hamilton During COVID-19?

New job board provides opportunities for businesses and job seekers
With support from the city’s Economic Development Office we are sharing a new platform for Hamilton businesses and their local employment needs. During these unprecedented times there is a desire for real-time information on job opportunities across many sectors in our city.

Hamilton Labour Force Information:
May 2020

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the City of Hamilton, Hamilton Economic Development, and the Flamborough and Stoney Creek Chambers of Commerce, are closely monitoring and assessing new developments pertaining to COVID-19, as well as its impacts on Hamilton business.

Workforce Planning Hamilton | 905-521-5777| [email protected] | www.workforceplanninghamilton.ca