Vol. 12, Issue 1, December 6, 2018
Hamilton's Labour Market Connection
Your weekly news & updates from WPH!
In this week's edition: EmployerOne Survey coming your way in January 2019; Free transportation for Hamilton youth to NPower Canada program; Canada's Top 100 Employers.
Hamilton Employers: Is your business affected by the $14 minimum wage?

The above is one of the questions that we are asking the employers who complete our annual EmployerOne survey.

The survey will be live from January 2 - 31, 2019 and is the most efficient way for Hamilton employers of all sizes and sectors to partner with WPH in building a strong workforce and prosperity for themselves and for the community. Our confidential survey is easy to complete and takes about 10 minutes.

By completing this survey, you are eligible to win a free booth at the Connect to Careers Fair on February 5, 2019 (a $600+ value and access to over 2,500 students and recent grads). 

Top 3 reasons to do the survey
  • The minimum wage in Ontario increased on January 1, 2018 to $14 an hour. We want to hear how this has affected your business.
  • Are you facing skills shortages that will ultimately affect the ability of your business to grow?
  • With a low unemployment rate in Hamilton finding suitable job candidates seems to be increasingly hard. What are the top skills that you are seeking?

Where can I learn more?
Visit Workforce Planning Hamilton’s website at www.workforceplanninghamilton.ca. Contact Viktor Cicman at 905-521-5777 ext. 16, or 

Look for the EmployerOne survey link in your inbox starting on January 2, 2019.
Free transportation available for 10 Hamilton youth to attend NPower Canada program

The Michael "Pinball" Clemons Foundation has provided NPower Canada with a generous donation to cover the cost of transportation for 10 Hamilton Area youth to attend their program in Peel Region at the Mississauga Training Centre (near Mississauga Rd. and the 401). 

The cost of GO Transit or providing gas cards to individuals who drive will be covered.

NPower Canada launches youth into meaningful careers by providing free technical and professional training, paid internships, job placement and post hire support. 

To be eligible young adults must:

  • Be between 18 to 29 years of age
  • Have completed high school, or GED
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be motivated to work
  • Be legally able to work in Canada; have a work permit
  • Have strong English language proficiency (e.g. CLB Level 7/8)
  • Experience barriers to pursuing post-secondary education and securing sustainable employment

NPower Canada currently offers three different training streams in four locations in downtown Toronto, York Region and Peel Region.

Upcoming programs include Junior IT Analyst Program and Digital Customer Care Professional.

The list of Canada's top 100 employers for 2019 released

If you’re not already working at one of these companies, you’re probably going to want to start looking into them soon.
“We are seeing more time off for employees to work in the community, more matching funds for their fundraising efforts, more donations in return for employees’ volunteer hours,” says Richard Yerema, Managing Editor at Mediacorp Canada Inc., which manages the competition.

But community involvement wasn’t the only trend visible in this year’s list of Canada’s Top 100 Employers.

Anthony Meehan, Publisher at Mediacorp said, “the federal government in late 2017 extended maternity and parental leave to 18 months from one year. Already, two of this year’s winners – 
the City of Toronto and Vancity – have updated their policies to include a longer benefit top-up period for employees.”

Labour Force Information, Hamilton, October 2018
Workforce Planning Hamilton | 905-521-5777| info@workforceplanninghamilton.ca | www.workforceplanninghamilton.ca