Workforce Planning West is comprised of the nine Workforce Planning Boards operating in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. Members include Chatham-Kent Workforce Planning Board, Elgin Middlesex Oxford Workforce Planning and Development Board, Four County Labour Market Planning Board, Niagara Workforce Planning Board, Sarnia Lambton Workforce Development Board, Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie, Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin, Workforce Planning Hamilton, and Workforce WindsorEssex.
With the lead from Workforce Windsor Essex, Workforce Planning West created localized reports that look at the effects of the pandemic locally in labour markets throughout Southwestern Ontario, while providing communities with a strategic framework to proactively plan ahead despite high uncertainty. These reports examine four probable futures of how supply and demand of the labour in Southwestern Ontario may shift in next 12-24 months. Each workforce board conducted their own scenario plan for their locality – and these individual reports will be amalgamated into a regional report.
The factors and scenarios were enveloped by research and consultations with employers, service providers, and other stake holders in the community. Each scenario has potential recommendations and we have an overall recommendation at the end for the project. This then is an opportunity to find an overlap with your organization or think about how other stakeholders in the community can be connected to this project.
Tomorrow, Friday March 19, the collaborative Southwestern Ontario report will be released and considered four probable futures relating to the degree to which there is structural change in the workforce and structural change in society. Stay tuned to our social media platforms where we will be sharing the launch of the Southwestern Ontario Scenario Planning Report.