Vol. 1, Issue 1, January 3, 2019
Hamilton's Labour Market Connection
Your weekly news & updates from WPH!
In this week's edition: It's EmployerOne time! Employers: Complete the survey today; Register for Up in Smoke: Weed in the Workplace and What Employers Need to Know, January 24/19
Employers: Time to Complete the Annual EmployerOne Survey!
Hamilton Employers: YOU are the experts we need to hear from!

Why is EmployerOne important?

  • EmployerOne is the most efficient way for Hamilton employers of all sizes and sectors to partner with WPH to build a strong workforce and prosperity for themselves, as well as for the community
  • Our survey is easy to complete and takes about 10 minutes


  • Until January 31, 2019

Who should complete EmployerOne?

  • All local employers and business owners
  • Your individual responses will be kept confidential

Top 3 reasons to do the survey

  • The minimum wage in Ontario increased on January 1, 2018 to $14 an hour. We want to hear how this has affected your business.
  • Are you facing skills shortages that will ultimately affect the ability of your business to grow?
  • With a low unemployment rate in Hamilton finding suitable job candidates seems to be increasingly hard. What are the top skills that you are seeking?

Enter to win

  • By completing this survey, you are eligible to win a free booth at the Connect to Careers Fair on February 5, 2019 (a $600+ value and access to over 2,500 students and recent grads)

(Our apologies if you have previously received this information. Please complete the survey only once.)
You are invited to ... Up in Smoke: Weed in the Workplace and What Employers Need to Know, January 24/19

Medicinal cannabis is legal in Canada and as of October 17, 2018 recreational cannabis is also legal. 

What does this mean for your workplace?

Jane M. Gooding, (pictured above) a partner in the Hamilton office of Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP will provide an overview of the new laws that have legalized cannabis use in Canada and Ontario.
You will learn :
  • Employer’s rights and responsibilities to keep marijuana out of the workplace
  • Employer’s duty to provide a safe and hazard-free work environment for employees
  • When drug testing is and is not permitted
  • The employer’s duty to accommodate cannabis use
  • Find out about the creation of cannabis use policies including how to deal with suspected impairment at work
  • The risks that employers will face in light of the new laws
Heidi McGuire and Madi McNitt, City of Hamilton, Public Health Services will explain the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, including where the public can and cannot smoke or vape cannabis. They will talk about the health implications of second hand smoke and other issues.
Tickets are $25 and a full, hot breakfast will be served at registration from 8:00 am. - 8:30 am. 
For more information contact Cyndi Ingle at [email protected] or call: 905-521-5777 ext. 14.
Space is limited so register today!

Happy New Year from Workforce Planning Hamilton!

The staff and Board of Directors at Workforce Planning Hamilton would like to extend their best wishes to you and your family for a healthy and prosperous New Year!

We look forward to sharing our labour market information with you and collaborating on many projects this year!

Labour Force Information, Hamilton, November 2018
Workforce Planning Hamilton | 905-521-5777| [email protected] | www.workforceplanninghamilton.ca