Vol 8, Issue 2, August 12 2022
Hamilton's Labour Market Connection
Your Weekly Updates & News From WPH!
In this week's edition: Hamilton's Labour Force Information July 2022, Monthly Snapshot July 2022, HYW Interview: Erin Goetz OUT NOW, Employer One Survey 2022 Results, Hiring In Hamilton, Happening in the Community: (Roots of Empathy Program, Wesley: Ukrainian G1 License Workshop, NPAAMB: Program Bundles, YWCA: The Opportunities Program, VON: Caregiver Support Programs September 2022, Hamilton Day: November 20th) News: Despite Canada’s Labour Shortage, Workers with Disabilities are often Left Behind" and "After the Great Resignation, Where did all the Canadian Workers go?"
Labour Force July 2022

Review Hamilton's Labour Force Information for July 2022

Monthly Snapshot July 2022
WPH’s monthly snapshots offer insight into the latest labour market trends for each month. The reports highlight economic trends and employment statistics for Ontario and the Hamilton region. Data are primarily sourced from Statistics Canada and seasonally adjusted data are used (when available) to maintain accuracy with short-term seasonal trends in labour force characteristics.
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HYW Interview Series: Erin Goetz
Join us in welcoming our next guest in our growing interview series: Erin Goetz!

You can watch the full interview on our Website and Youtube!

Employer One Survey 2022
The results are in! For the ninth year in a row Workforce Planning Hamilton (WPH) has delivered the EmployerOne Survey in partnership with the City of Hamilton’s Economic Development team to develop and distribute the Business Impact Survey. 

Hamilton employers across all industries shared their hiring experiences on the most in-demand jobs in Hamilton and highlighted recruitment, retention and skills concerns. This survey provides a snapshot of how local employers were fairing in the January 2022 labour market. This year 1085 employers completed the EmployerOne survey; 896 employers completed the survey fully (100%). 

Who's Hiring In Hamilton?
YMCA of Hamilton Burlington Brantford is currently seeking a Development Officer, Planned, Corporate & Individual Giving

Mission Services of Hamilton is currently seeking a Relief Shelter Support Worker

Routes Youth Centre is currently seeking a Youth Worker

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Happening In The Community!
Roots of Empathy Program
Wesley: Ukrainian G1 License Workshop
Getting driving license can be important for newcomers for transportation reasons and for finding employment. 

Therefore, Wesley is excited to offer virtual G1 training workshops for Ukrainian refugees. 
Topic: G1 License
Overview of driving rules and signs
Driving handbook material
Date: August 11 & 12
Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Interpretation is available. Zoom link will be sent to registered individuals.

For registration, contact Alyna Lotfi: Halyna Lotfi <Halyna.Lotfi@wesley.ca>
NPAAMB: Program Bundles
YWCA: The Opportunities Program
The Opportunities (T.O.P) program assists persons with self-disclosed disabilities to prepare for, obtain, and maintain employment. This currently virtual program (the T.O.P program), consists of two parts. The first being a 10-week group and 1:1 training sessions. We hold 3 workshops a week, for employability and soft life skills such as resume creating, job searching & applying, time management, interview preparation (for virtual and in-person), job maintenance, self-esteem, stress management, conflict resolution and so much more! We also provide training for certificates (CPR & First Aid, Customer Service, AODA, Health & Safety). T.O.P focuses on the needs of each individual and seeks to provide clients the opportunity to develop skills, build on self-confidence and enhance employment opportunities. Each participant also has access to our Occupational Therapist for additional supports, and can help in areas of anxiety, community resources, creating routines, sleep supports, and individualized plans to obtain and maintain employment.
After the 10-week training sessions, participants go on to work with our Job Developer for additional weekly 1:1 support with job searching, applications, job prep and maintenance, with the goal of finding a 14-week placement fully funded for 14 weeks (30 hours a week) by the YWCA, and or to secure stable employment. The job developer works with participants from their application journey through their employment journey to support with any needs regarding their employment. We work with the participants needs and barriers to support them in securing employment.
Program Eligibility Criteria:    
  • A person with a self‑disclosed disability        
  • Not eligible for Employment Insurance benefits or related services/programs in the last 5 years       
  • Legally entitled to work in Ontario; A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act        
  • Dedicated to obtaining and maintaining employment
  • Anyone over the age of 16 is welcome to apply     
For more information, please click the link below: 

VON: Caregiver Support Programs September 2022
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Hamilton Day: November 20th

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce first held Hamilton Day in 1931 during the depths of the Great Depression to boost spirits and the local economy. While it was only one day in an economic downturn that carried on for years, Hamilton Day was symbolic of a rallying spirit in the face of adversity.

90 years ago we showed our local spots some love. It’s time to do it again.
Local independent businesses are invited to participate in Hamilton Day. That includes small retail shops, to cafes, restaurants, bars, theatres, independent artists and musicians, florists, gyms & fitness studios, personal services, entertainment and games stores – among others.

For patrons, take this opportunity to support your favourite local businesses – or try a new restaurant or visit a new shop that has just opened up!
Despite Canada’s Labour Shortage, Workers with Disabilities are often Left Behind
“I’ve been asked if I am going to die from my condition in a job interview,” says Margo Bok, an MBA with a bachelor of commerce who lives with cerebral palsy.

When Ms. Bok graduated in 1986, she saw her male counterparts secure executive-level jobs while women with the same degrees were hired as secretaries. Ms. Bok’s entry into the workforce began with positions that provided wage subsidies, because no employer would hire her without additional funding.

“That’s no way to enter the working world,” says the Victoria resident.
She was consistently told that employers didn’t have the supports she needed when she had not indicated a need for any. Potential employers called her references before interviewing her to ask them if she had a disability.

Ms. Bok remembers noticing how job descriptions would be written with requirements that screened out candidates with certain physical disabilities.
“I left a desk job that later posted the job saying candidates needed to be able to lift 50 pounds,” she says. “That was never part of that job.”

After the Great Resignation, Where did all the Canadian Workers go?

Restaurants, airlines, schools and nursing homes are at the sharp end of a labour crunch that's afflicted employers all year long. In June,the unemployment rate fell to a record low of 4.9 per cent, tightening the screws on an economy with more positions than it could fill.

Amid a prolonged pandemic, laid-off workers took stock and reassessed their priorities. Others, grappling with burnout in precarious or stressful work environments with long hours, simply walked away.
Some of the hardest hit sectors are struggling to find and retain workers.

Wages have increased, but signs suggest some of that growth is slowing. Although retail employment is up from 2021, when public health restrictions kept many stores partially or fully closed, payroll employment dropped in both April and May, Statistics Canada data released Thursday shows.
Job vacancies in the health-care sector rose in May, StatsCan reported, and are up 20 per cent from the same month last year.

Meanwhile, the number of openings remained steady in accommodation and food services, but there are twice as many of them as the overall average.

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