Vol. 8, Issue 1, August 6, 2020
Hamilton's Labour Market Connection
Your weekly news & updates from WPH!
In this week's edition: Investing in youth to future proof the economy; Upcoming CERIC webinars; Sectors at risk - Manufactuing; Who's Hiring in Hamilton during COVID-19?; Hamilton LMI JUNE 2020
Investing in Youth to Future Proof the Economy

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended and laid bare the inequities in our global economic and social systems. It has made clear that some of the most vulnerable populations and undervalued professions in our society are not only the hardest hit during times of crisis but also the ones we rely upon the most.

Three recommendations for Canada include:

  • Invest in future-proofed and essential skills for youth entering the workforce and people whose work is in transition;
  • Invest in sector-specific skills and technical training to address the most pressing problems facing our society, particularly climate change;
  • Invest immediately in job-creation programs

Upcoming CERIC Webinars
CERIC partners with leaders in career development to present webinars, as part of our mandate to build knowledge and skills in the field. Webinars offer convenient, accessible and cost-effective professional development to practitioners across Canada and beyond.

The Wellness Paradigm: Preventative Self-Care Techniques to Help Career Professionals & Their Clients Succeed in the ‘New Normal’
Sept. 22, 29 & Oct. 6, 2020

Connecting Career Development and Mental Health: Practical Applications with Clients – Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 14 & 21, 2020

Career Theories And Models At Work with authors Jim Bright, Roberta Borgen & Deirdre Pickerell
Oct. 5 & 19, 2020

Rethinking Career Engagement for Older Workers: Adapting to a Changing Workforce – Nov. 3, 10 & 17, 2020

Remote Career Services: Reaching and Engaging Clients over Blended Technologies
Nov. 12, 19 & 26 


Sectors at Risk: The Impact of COVID-19 on Canadian Manufacturing
Between February and April 2020, Canada’s manufacturing sector lost over 280,000 jobs — a 17% drop in employment compared to 16% Canada-wide. May and June show a rebound since April’s steep decline, with nearly half of manufacturing jobs returning.

Nevertheless, the situation remains precarious. As the Canadian economy re-opens, a full recovery will depend on the ability of manufacturers to fulfill backlogged and incoming orders, which means securing both supply chains and distribution channels.

Even before the pandemic, fulfilling orders was a concern for many businesses, as skills shortages and rising costs kept production levels below capacity. New challenges and priorities have emerged, such as staff and customer safety and operational upkeep, compounding previous concerns.

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:
June 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