May 2022 News Bulletin
NLWIC Updates
NL Workforce Innovators Roundtable 2021

  • The NL Workforce Innovators Roundtable 2021 Report is now available! You can now download the FULL Report or choose from 5 categories:
  • Social Enterprise
  • Immigration
  • Technology
  • Sectors
  • Specific Underrepresented Group Focus

  • Watch each Research Proponent give updates on their NLWIC-Funded Research Project during the Roundtable event on the NLWIC CNA YouTube Channel
News Release: New workforce innovation models connect the dots to labour shortages solutions in NL
We have released the first set of final reports from completed NLWIC-funded Research Projects!

The eight reports provide evidence of what works and what doesn’t when it comes to workforce development that can be used by labour market stakeholders to address their most pressing labour and skills shortages, challenges and opportunities.
Featured Stories
Students Helping Students: Health and wellness at forefront of campus-based pantry project
College of the North Atlantic
June 1, 2022 - Port Aux Basques, NL

Student need is very real.

With the rising costs of most everything in everyday life, it can be hard for a student to make ends meet at the best of times. But there have been occasions when high costs of some things meant the basics, such as food, were difficult to afford.

College of the North Atlantic (CNA) has been quietly providing food bank-like services for students in need for a little while, but now the college is about to give the service a facelift.

Students from the Cabinetmaker program at Port aux Basques campus have constructed approximately 40 new pantry cabinets for CNA campuses throughout Newfoundland and Labrador thanks to a successful $57,500 funding application under Co-operative Education & Work Integrated Learning (CEWIL) i-Hub projects.
Jobs and Skills in the Transition to a Net-Zero Economy: A Foresight Exercise
Diversity Institute / Future Skills Centre / Smart Prosperity Institute

There is a growing consensus on the benefits of transitioning to a net-zero economy beyond simply controlling global temperature rises. These are often referred to as co-benefits, and a significant one is job creation. Jobs are created through a net-zero transition as a result of changes in technologies and demand, modes of production, macroeconomic conditions, and international trade.

While the transition’s overall impact on jobs is expected to be positive, it will be spread unevenly across sectors. This report led by the Smart Prosperity Institute and supported by the Diversity Institute and the Future Skills Centre uses innovative foresight tools to explore different scenarios and the implications for employers.
New LMI for Career Practitioners: Webinar Series
Labour Market Information Council (LMIC)

In partnership with CERIC, LMIC recently concluded a three-part webinar series on new labour market information (LMI) to support career service practitioners with the information they need to help their clients succeed in a changing, dynamic world of work.

  • February 28, 2022: Inclusive career guidance for a changing labour market: launching OECD’s findings on the state of career guidance in Canada
  • March 28, 2022: Updates on the “shecession”: women’s employment and sectors in recovery
  • April 25, 2022: Analyzing online job postings data to understand employment trends
Canadians with disabilities are over-represented in low-paying jobs that are at high risk of automation.

The Conference Board of Canada, on behalf of the Future Skills Centre, is leading a study to support the job transitions of people with disabilities. The study aims to promote labour market retention and career mobility for this equity-deserving group.
In the News
Upcoming Events
Jobs and Skills in the Transition to a Net-Zero Economy
Diversity Institute / Future Skills Centre / Smart Prosperity Institute
June 6, 2022 | 12 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. NL Time (Virtual)

There is growing consensus supporting Canada’s transition to a net-zero emissions by 2050. However, there is less clarity around defining the right pathways that will get us there when it comes to industry focus and required workforce skills.

This event will engage with authors of the recent report Jobs and Skills in Transition to a Net-Zero Economy; experts and industry voices on how to create skills policy that enables clean and resilient growth across a range of net-zero emissions futures.
Building an ‘innovation’ mindset
June 9, 2022 | 1 p.m. ET / 2:30 NL Time (Virtual)

An ‘innovation’ mindset welcomes change, continuous improvement, and exploration into uncharted areas of discovery. By adapting a forward thinking approach and utilizing tools and frameworks such as design thinking and agile methodologies, organizations can create an ‘innovative’ mindset that drives stronger growth.

Join leaders as they share their personal and organizational initiatives, experiences and learnings in supporting organizations, employees and job seekers build an ‘innovation’ mindset.
Women in Business Summit
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
June 22, 2022 | Full Day (Virtual)

This full day virtual event will feature diverse panel discussions, candid sessions and spotlights on female entrepreneurship, inclusive recovery in the workplace, women’s mental health and transitioning of women into high-demand jobs in high-demand sectors, including recruitment, retraining, retention and promotion.

This is not a women’s issue; it is an economic issue.
Generous Futures: Creating Equity & Access in Tech
Toronto Metropolitan University
June 28, 2022 | 1 p.m. ET / 2:30 p.m. NL Time (Virtual)

Why does the world of tech have a diversity problem? How can we address this issue in a coordinated and meaningful way? What are the potential outcomes of embedding equity and access across the tech landscape?

This panel of leaders will unpack these questions and discuss how we can close the digital divide.
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The NL Workforce Innovation Centre (NLWIC) was established by the provincial government in 2017 and is administered by College of the North Atlantic (CNA) with a provincial mandate to provide a coordinated, central point of access to engage all labour market stakeholders about challenges, opportunities and best practices in workforce development. 

The Centre’s goal is to promote and support the research, testing and sharing of ideas and models of innovation in workforce development that will positively impact employability, employment and entrepreneurship within the province’s labour market and particularly underrepresented groups. Funding for NLWIC is provided by the Department of Immigration, Population Growth and Skills (IPGS) under the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Market Development Agreement.
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