Algoma Workforce Investment Corporation (AWiC)
Algoma Workforce Investment Corporation (AWiC)

FAQS

WHAT IS AWiC?

The Algoma Workforce Investment Corporation (AWiC) is one of twenty-five Local Workforce Planning Boards across Ontario. AWiC is funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development to identify, assess and prioritize the skills and knowledge needs of community, employers and individual participants/learners in the local labour market through a collaborative local labour market planning process.

In operation since 2006, AWiC is a community directed, non-profit corporation leading The District of Algoma in their approach to workforce development and labour market planning.

AWiC takes a community-based approach to our operations, actively seeking out opportunities to form partnerships. Community participation is absolutely essential to the success of the Workforce Planning Board (WPB). The public is encouraged to forward information obtained through direct experience or from local publications. This information is used to build partnerships with other groups in the community with a focused goal of addressing issues that address supply and demand of skills needed in our local workforce.

AWiC functions as a neutral broker of research, disseminator of information and facilitator of collaborative partnership development.

We provide labour market information and research on the regional workforce.

WHAT DO WORKFORCE PLANNING BOARDS DO?

The role of local boards is to engage communities and community partners in local labour market development. By conducting and analyzing local labour market research, trends and planning processes, we work to develop community partnerships to find solutions to local issues.

Each board is as individual as the community it serves, and each addresses labour market issues in its own way as all communities have their own priorities. As a network, Ontario’s workforce planning boards also work together to address labour market issues from a province-wide perspective.

About our name: Our network was launched in 1994 under the name Local Boards, but as of 2011 are known as Workforce Planning Ontario to better reflect our mandate to connect stakeholders within the labour market.

To achieve Workforce Planning Board objectives, AWiC undertakes the following activities:

A series of activities led by each local board in their area that includes the production of Census profiles, research of local labour market information, consultation with community partners and stakeholders to discuss and prioritize issues, trends, opportunities and priorities, development of a community partners’ action plan to foster the development and implementation of local solutions to local issues and the production of an annual Local Labour Market Plan.

AWiC'S ROLE.

AWiC’s role is to act as a catalyst for change in the Algoma District’s labour market by partnering with labour market groups in addressing training and adjustment issues.

Although AWiC does not fund training programs or provide training itself, it does identify the training that is already occurring in both the public and private sectors and, with the assistance of the community, determines gaps in training or in supply/demand of the labour market. Training needs are identified through public meetings, focus groups, surveys and other data sources.

We do this by:

  • Engaging communities in a locally-driven and evidence-informed process to identify and respond to the key local labour market challenges (and opportunities) in their local labour markets;
  • Facilitating a local labour market "action planning" process where community organizations,
  • Business and institutions agreeing to implement joint actions to address local labour market issues of common interest;
  • Creating opportunities for partnerships that respond to local labour market challenges, and add valueto the government;
  • Organizing events and undertaking activities that promote the importance of education, training and skills upgrading to youth, parents, employers, employed and unemployed workers, vulnerable groups and the public in general.
OUR TEAM/ BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

As a non-profit organization, AWiC is governed by a Board of Directors that represent the communities of Algoma. Each Director is representative of their sector and is expected to be the liaison between the community and the Board, bringing forward information and input on the various local labour force trends and issues of their knowledge.

OUR CATCHMENT AREA.

AWiC serves the Algoma District in North-Eastern Ontario. The area includes the north shore of Lake Superior and Lake Huron from Dubreuilville northwest to Spanish in the east. The district is divided into the following three sub-districts: Superior East; that includes the communities of White River, Wawa, and Dubreuilville, the Central Region and Sault Ste. Marie; and East Algoma comprised of the many communities including Elliot Lake, Johnson Township and Blind River.

AWiC’s district also has the First Nation reserves of Michipicoten, Garden River, Thessalon, Mississauga, Sagamok, Serpent River and Batchewana. First Nations along the North Shore are also represented by; White Fish Lake and the North Shore Tribal Council (NSTC).

 

 

 

 


GENERAL QUESTIONS

I'm having problems with my employer and need to find out what my rights are. What should I do?

One thing you can do to start is to contact Northern Regional Office of the Ministry of Labour. Through the ministry's key areas of occupational health and safety, employment rights and responsibilities, labour relations and internal administration, the ministry's mandate is to set, communicate and enforce workplace standards while encouraging greater workplace self-reliance.

Tel: 705-945-6600
Toll-Free: 1-800-461-7268
Fax: 705-949-9796

Sault Ste. Marie
70 Foster Drive, Suite 480
Sault Ste. Marie ON P6A 6V4

**Representatives at these offices are available by appointment only.

I'M LOOKING FOR LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION AND/OR INFORMATION ABOUT TRAINING PROGRAMS IN ALGOMA?

The Algoma Workforce Investment Corporation does not deliver training programs nor do we have the mandate to refer people to specific training programs or employment services.

However, the Local Boards of Ontario and Ontario WorkinfoNet maintain the Inventory of Programs and Services website. Here you will find a comprehensive searchable database of local, provincial, and federal employment programs and services that can help you to enter or re-enter the job market. You can search by region, postal code or by choosing a location on the map.

You will find additional links to websites providing labour market and training information on our Links page.

WHERE CAN I FIND ONLINE EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION AND JOB POSTINGS?

You will find links to community service providers who can assist you with your employment search and self-employment ventures.

See the Employment Services section on our Links page to connect with additional websites and organizations providing job search assistance and job postings.

WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ABOUT APPRENTICESHIP IN ALGOMA?

Employment Ontario - Apprenticeship Office Regional Office

For general inquiries, 705-945-6815
You may also visit them on the web:
http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/employmentontario/training/
Our Links page lists other useful apprenticeship and training websites.


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