Vol 4, Issue 4, April 22, 2021
Hamilton's Labour Market Connection
Your weekly news & updates from WPH!
In this week's edition: Building Canada's essential workforce from outside Canada; Stay-at-home-parent job titles; Future of work in Canada; Hamilton Labour Force Information March 2021
Building Canada's Essential Workforce From Outside Canada
Ottawa is creating a new pathway to permanent residency for up to 90,000 essential workers and international graduates who have the skills needed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health care and other eligible essential workers must have at least one year of Canadian work experience to apply, while international graduates must have completed an eligible Canadian post-secondary program within the last four years.

On May 6, the immigration department will start accepting up to 50,000 applications from health care and other essential workers and 40,000 applications from international students who graduated from a Canadian institution.

Is "Stay-at-Home-Parent" a Job Title?
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Many women returning to the workforce after having children say they face a challenging welcome back. Professional networking site LinkedIn recently added a new feature, allowing parents to use "stay-at-home mom" or "stay-at-home dad" as a job title. Will it make a difference? These added job titles help fill the employment gaps with transferrable skills that parents use every day that are essential in many professions. The article outlines the struggles mothers and fathers have taking time off for raising children, although these challenges are exacerbated in the US with little entitlement to parents for paid leave.

Of the women who leave work after having children, two-thirds plan to return to work within five years. But those who want to resume paid work often find a labour market less enthused about their return.

The Future of Work in Canada - 5 Sectors to Watch!
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We’re living in uncertain times, making it especially challenging to plan for the next year — never mind the next decade — and anticipate new career opportunities. Canada’s economy was already adapting to a host of recent changes, but the extent of these changes and the level of uncertainty about the future has been amplified by COVID-19.

Technological, societal, environmental, economic and political changes are opening the door to new opportunities, disrupting traditional industries and, in some cases, even creating entirely new sectors.

The 5 emerging sectors to keep your eyes on:

  1. Clean tech and green energy
  2. Immersive digital entertainment
  3. Responsible AI
  4. Space
  5. Micro-credentials and alternative education

Hamilton Labour Force Information:
February 2021


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