Vol. 11 Issue 1, November 5, 2020
Hamilton's Labour Market Connection
Your weekly news & updates from WPH!
In this week's edition: Judy Travis Retirement; Restart & Recovery Launch; Immigrant Women impacted by COVID-19 in Canada; Who's Hiring in Hamilton?; Hamilton LMI September, 2020
Happy Retirement to Judy Travis!

Judy Travis, the current Executive Director for Workforce Planning Hamilton will be retiring from her role. Judy has been the leader of our organization for more than twenty years. During that time she has grown our network of community partners and has ensured that our small group can continue to meet its important provincial and community mandates.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff at WPH, our partners, stakeholders and those in the Hamilton community, we would like to wish Judy a happy and healthy retirement and thank Judy for her work and for her passion for labour market planning and community involvement. We all wish her all the best as she enters this next stage of her life.

This is a period within our community and our industry of change and of strangeness. Adapting to the provincial ministry and service provider changes, contemplating the changed and changing economic and labour paradigms and dealing with the profound effect of the Covid pandemic all make for interesting but challenging times. These challenges makes it even more important than ever that WPH will continue to provide up-to-date data and support the community with its labour market planning.

Please stay tuned for more information if you wish to contribute to thanking Judy for her many years at WPH and to send congratulations on her retirement. We will provide more information.
WPH Welcomes Sue Vattay
Interim Executive Director

A retired professor from Mohawk College, Sue Vattay was a Hamilton Chamber of Commerce RBC Royal Bank Citizen of the Year Nominee in 2015 and a recipient of Mohawk College’s Alumni Award of Distinction in 2016, recognizing her Hamilton contributions on many boards, committees and community projects. Sue has strong leadership skills with project management, organizational planning and board governance, training and facilitation. As Interim Executive Director, Sue welcomes the opportunity to work with the team at Workforce Planning Hamilton and various community partners.

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The Results Are In!
Restart & Recovery: COVID-19 in Hamilton

The world's economy has been shaken by the global COVID-19 pandemic, shutting down cities, millions of people losing their jobs, and ultimately taking the lives of many people. Hamilton was exception; and COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on our city, our economy, and our labour market.

In August 2020, WPH distributed the Restart and Recovery survey to local Hamilton businesses to get real time information about how the global pandemic was impacting our Hamilton community and workforce. The results show the great impact lockdowns have had on businesses in Hamilton.

The report presents information from overall responses but also provides information relating to how specific sectors were impacted.
The survey explores main areas of businesses that experience impacts from the pandemic.

  • Workforce Impact
  • Work arrangements
  • Workplace Safety
  • Next Six Months
  • Confidence in Consumer Demand
  • Hiring Intentions
  • Supporting Local

COVID-19 on Immigrant Women in the Workforce

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted different groups of Canadians in various ways. Immigrant women faced many challenges in the workforce before COVID, but this pandemic has had a way of further exacerbating existing social and economic inequities. To ensure we come out of this crisis with a more resilient economy and better institutions, it is essential that we understand the differentiated impact of the pandemic on our diverse communities and bring forth policy ingenuity to make sure workers and their families are not left behind.

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:
September 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