Vol 3, Issue 5, March 31 2023

Hamilton's Labour Market Connection

Your Weekly Updates & News From WPH!

In this Week's Edition:

New Labour Market Information: (Minimum Wage Increase, and Alcohol Tax capped at 2%), Join WPH's Board of Directors, Hiring In Hamilton, Happening in the Community: (Newcomer Mom Connections, Power of Trades, YWCA Immigration & Settlement Program, Continuing Education Summer Programs, Career in Corrections: Networking Event, and Goodwill Workshops April Calendar, News: "3 reports that caught our attention the week of March 26, 2023" and "Supporting global talent: Career coaching and talent acquisition"

New Labour Market Information!

Minimum Wage Increase

Just in – Ontario’s Minimum Wage will be increasing by 6.8% from 15.50/hour to 16.55/hour effective October 1st 2023.


Alcohol Tax capped at 2%

The 2023 federal budget includes a major win for the beer, wine and spirits industries.


The increase in excise duties on all alcoholic products is being temporarily capped at two per cent starting next month instead of a planned 6.3 per cent increase.


"This proposal temporarily caps the inflation adjustment for excise duties on all alcoholic products at 2 per cent for one year only as of April 1, 2023," reads the budget.


Join WPH's Board of Directors!

Workforce Planning Hamilton (WPH) is a local community planning organization that builds solutions to labour market issues by engaging stakeholders and working with partners.

Our vision: Workforce Planning Hamilton is a leader in workforce development, providing evidence-based analysis and engaging a broad range of labour market stakeholders.

Our mission: WPH is a leader in transforming local labour market information into workforce planning solutions that contribute to a prosperous and diverse Hamilton community.

At WPH we envision a thriving Hamilton community where labour market issues are proactively addressed, and all individuals and organizations can achieve their potential.

As a not-for-profit agency our primary source of funding is the Ontario Ministry of Training & Skills Development.

Our organization is looking to add to its existing Board of Directors.

We are seeking volunteer members who are knowledgeable and passionate individuals who have an interest in employment, training, education, labour market information, economic planning, human resources, and general business operations.

As a member of the Board, you will use your professional experience and networks to ensure we stay connected to the community and support us in attracting and growing our economic partnerships.

The requirements of our Board Directors are to attend the scheduled Board meetings (6 – 8 per year) and participate in the governance activity which would include:

-Community engagement

-Board governance oversight

-Strategic planning for the fiscal year

-Annual financial audit review

Interested applicants should forward a current resume and cover letter outlining governance experience, Hamilton community involvement, and relevant knowledge and skills to Michelle Butcher, Administration & Communications Coordinator by April 17th 2023 at 12:00am



Who's Hiring In Hamilton?

View WPH Job Board to explore more!

Hamilton Regional Indian Centre is hiring for an Indigenous Combined Court Worker.

Click here to view job posting!

Integrity Staffing is hiring for PSW's, Nursing Students, RPN's & RN's.

Click here to view job posting!

Hamilton Public Library is hiring a Part-Time Library Page.

Click here to view job posting!

Happening In The Community!

Newcomer Mom Connections

The JOIN Immigration and Settlement, Community and Cultural Connections program has launched a brand-new Mom and Baby program!

Our Newcomer New Mom Connections program serves to connect newcomer mothers in order to share their experiences, learn parenting hacks, and information about local services & resources in a mom and baby-friendly environment.

This group also serves as a supportive coping environment in newcomer mothers’ post-partum journey by reducing the isolation they face being away from their family support system in a new country. Come join other newcomer moms for play, fun events, activities, programs and resources to enhance both physical and social development as well as to make your life as a newcomer mom a bit easier.


Power of Trades

POWER OF TRADES is a free of cost pre-employment preparation program for

individuals interested in the Skilled Trades.

The program includes :

Four weeks of in-class training (May 1st through to May 26th)

First Aid, WHMIS, Working at Heights, Service Excellence and more!

Resume writing, job search supports, how to navigate the Skilled Trades

and Career Path Planning

Job Placement following training

YWCA Immigration & Settlement Program

YWCA Hamilton, JOIN Immigration and Settlement's Community and Cultural Connection program drop-in hours.

Desiree, the JOIN Community Coordinator holds biweekly drop-in hours at the Putman Family YWCA support hub. Located at 52 Ottawa St North. 

Here we offer assistance to newcomers to Canada regarding information on not only our workshops, events and programs but all of the different JOIN departments- with easy referrals to each. 

Our program offers everything from health and wellness workshops, art-based events, Indigenous- Newcomer relationship building opportunities, to settlement support, support for gender-based violence survivors and safe spaces and programming for 2SLGBTQIA+ newcomers.

Continuing Education Summer Programs

Continuing Education is pleased to offer a variety of SUMMER PROGRAMS to help keep our students learning this summer!

From activity based literacy and math programs, to learning another language, taking a summer credit course, get oriented to their High School, or Adult English Language programs - we have something for your family!


Career in Corrections: Networking Event

Join Goodwill for a networking event with Brittany Adams, Regional Recruiter for the

Corrections Centre for Professional Advancement and Training (CCPAT)

• Do’s and Don’ts for folks looking to apply

to jobs in correctional services (i.e., social

workers, police, probation officers, etc.,)

• Inside scoop of job opportunities including

Correctional Officer, social workers, nursing,

admin, etc.

• Discussions around what employers in

these sectors look for on a resume.

• What does the screening process look,

and a mock interview activity

Free In-Person Event!

Event Location:

1050 Upper Gage Ave.

Hamilton Ontario L8V 5B7

Event Date:

Monday April 3rd

Event Time:

11:00 AM to 12:00 noon


Goodwill Workshops April Calendar


3 reports that caught our attention the week of March 26, 2023

Breaking Down Barriers: Improving the Workplace Experience for Neurodivergent Canadians (Future Skills Centre)

This report analyzes the findings of 40 interviews with neurodivergent workers and employers of neurodivergent workers to better understand the experiences of neurodivergent individuals in the workplace and how employers can better support them.

Six questions about the demand for artificial intelligence skills in labour markets (OECD)

This study responds to six key questions about the impact that the demand for Artificial Intelligence (AI) skills is having on labour markets. What are the occupations where AI skills are most relevant? How do different AI-relevant skills combine in job requirements? How quickly is the demand for AI-related skills diffusing across labour markets and what is the relationship between AI skill demands and the demand for cognitive skills across jobs? Finally, are AI skills leading to a wage premium?

Labour market outcomes of Indigenous journeypersons in Canada (Statistics Canada)

The study found that Indigenous journeypersons tended to certify in trades and regions with higher earnings, had higher rates of interprovincial mobility, and were more likely to obtain certification through an apprenticeship program rather than through trade qualification. However, Indigenous journeypersons had lower rates of union membership and employer-sponsored pensions.

Read more here!

Supporting global talent: Career coaching and talent acquisition

Developing human resources strategies for the long term requires talent acquisition teams to employ a complex process as they identify, select, vet and aim to retain suitable candidates. In Canada, with a young workforce that’s sustained by international students and other newcomers, talent acquisition processes are faced with a severe need for rejuvenation, especially when it comes to hiring from this global segment.

Data released by IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) in February 2023 shows that Canada now hosts a record-high 807,750 international students. When unwrapping more data, we see that three in 10 international students who entered Canada in 2000 or later became a landed immigrant within a decade.

The need for specialized support to prepare, evaluate, hire and onboard this global talent has been growing. With Canada pledging to bring in 485,000 permanent residents in 2024 and 500,000 in 2025 (without even counting international students) it doesn’t look like this need will decrease any time soon. Career professionals are looking at practical ways to support these jobseekers. As a Work-Integrated Learning Coordinator, I have been exposed to multiple situations where I felt caught in the middle – between the needs of talent acquisition teams or hiring managers, the questions coming from career coaches supporting this flux of international students and the needs of our students.

With this in mind, this article will highlight ideas for human resources professionals looking at restructuring talent acquisition processes that involve hiring global talent.

Read more here!

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