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

REPORTS

The research undertaken by AWiC each year provides a foundation for us and our community partners to discuss and prioritize labour market challenges and opportunities for the Algoma District.

The Local Labour Market Planning (LLMP), formerly the Trends, Opportunities and Priorities (TOPS) report, is a community driven strategic 1-2 year action plan of coordinated local, targeted activities to help address local labour trends, opportunities and priorities. This publication is the conclusion of labour market information and input from a broad spectrum of community stakeholders gathered through our most recent LLMP consultation process.

2016-2017 DISTRICT REPORTS

NORTHERN PROJECTIONS - HUMAN CAPITAL SERIES (ALGOMA DISTRICT)

The objective of this report is to examine past and present trends and characteristics in the district of Algoma’s economy and to forecast its future challenges and opportunities. The report focuses primarily on the supply side of the economy. The authors examine the district’s labour market including its human capital composition, employment trends, the shifting occupational composition of the employed workforce, the shifting of the region’s industrial composition from goods-producing to services producing sectors, the declining share of the private sector, the rising dependency on the public sector, and declining labour income and gross domestic product (GDP).

DOLLARS AND SENSE 2017: a guide to employer training credits, incentives and supports

With this edition of Dollars and Sense: a guide to employer training credits, incentives and supports, Algoma Workforce Investment Corporation (AWIC) has gathered information from a variety of government and agency sources including websites and current publications.

AWIC is committed to providing relevant workforce information to employers in order to help individuals get the training, skills and experience to achieve their career goals. This guide is meant to show that there are many tax credits, wage incentives, programs and resources available to help employers make their workplaces more efficient,productive and cost effective.

Taking advantage of these programs will allow employers to defray costs associated with training new hires and apprentices, hiring co-op and summer students and much more.

After reading the report, please take a few minutes and fill out the survey on the quality and value of the report. You will have a chance to be entered into a random draw to win a $50 gift card. Draw date is Friday, March 31, 2017.

Fill out the survey here!
 

2016 EMPLOYERONE SURVEY REPORT

Initiated as a pilot project in 2014, the employerone survey is in its third year. Every year the survey instrument and the outreach process are evaluated and adjusted to reflect the input received from local business partners, and to improve the response rate in terms of the number of respondents, but also in regards to the sectoral and community representation within the pool of participating employers.

The long-term objective of this initiative is to develop a mechanism to collect information in a coordinated, timely and standardized way in order to gain an understanding of the demand side in the local area’s labour market. The ultimate goal is to better support local industries with the training and recruitment of their current and future workforce.

After reading the report, please take a few minutes and fill out the survey on the quality and value of the report. You will have a chance to be entered into a random draw to win a $50 gift card. Draw date is Monday, March 27, 2017.

Fill out the survey here!
 

2016 LOCAL LABOUR MARKET PLANNING REPORT (LLMP)

Algoma’s Labour Market is constantly changing and evolving. It is important to identify the trends which have an impact on our local labour markets and recognize how they will continue to affect Algoma’s workforce moving forward.

The first half of this report provides an overview of Algoma’s Labour Market and highlights the trends which are having significant impacts including: The changing composition of the main sectors of employment, Algoma’s aging population and aging workforce, An uncertain economic outlook for the region and Advances in technology.

The second half of the report offers usage patterns of Employment Ontario programs including:
Employment Services, Literacy and Basic Skills, Second Career, and Trades and Apprenticeship.

2016 TRADES- WORKFORCE TRENDS AND DATA

Algoma Workforce Investment Corporation (AWiC), a Local Workforce Planning Board funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), is gathering geographically-specific trades’ data for its catchment area. The data shines an important light on the local trades’ workforce and provides additional context for workforce planning.

Trades data is collected by MTCU and the Ontario College of Trades (OCoT). The local MTCU apprenticeship office manages the Registered Training Agreements between employers and apprentices, including efforts that promote apprenticeship completions. OCoT collects registration data and they receive regular updates from MTCU field offices.

The data in this report is a depiction of the District of Algoma as of April 2016. The Trades Map was developed to present important trends in Ontario trades, such as which trades are most active in the District of Algoma and a general demographic profile of the people working in the trades.       

To view the Trades Map, click here.     

2015-2016 DISTRICT REPORTS

 2015 - NORTHERN ONTARIO EMPLOYERONE SURVEY

Six workforce planning boards from across northern Ontario which form Northern Ontario Workforce Planning conducted the employerone  survey in theirlocal catchment area in 2014 and a shortened version of this survey in 2015. Each local board completed individual reports based on their local results. This report combines all of the 2015 data to create a picture of employer responses from across all of northern Ontario. Comparisons to the 2014 survey results are made where possible and appropriate.

The long term objective of this initiative was to develop a mechanism to collect information in a coordinated, timely and standardized way in order to gain an understanding of the demand side of the labour market. The ultimate goal: to better support local industries with the training and recruitment of their current and future workforce.

2015-2016 EMPLOYERONE SURVEY RESULTS

The employerone survey was implemented to provide community stakeholders in Algoma valuable insights into the demand-side of the region’s labour market. It was designed to collect information from local employers on a range of labour issues, such as labour turnover, hard-to-fill positions, recruitment difficulties, current and future skill shortages, as well as any issues in training and education practices.

Current, accurate and more importantly, local labour market information is key to making evidence-based decisions in our Local Board area. Information gathered from the pilot and this 2nd round of surveys will help: inform partnership initiatives; increase networking opportunities and collaboration with employers; increase attention to workforce challenges being experienced; and provide local LMI for economic developers, educators/trainers, job-seekers, Employment Ontario service providers and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU).

DOLLARS AND SENSE 2016: a guide to employer training credits, incentives and supports

With this third edition of Dollars and Sense: a guide to employer training credits, incentives and supports, The Algoma Workforce Investment Corporation (AWiC) has gathered information from a variety of government and agency sources including websites and current publications.

AWiC is committed to providing relevant workforce information to employers in order to help individuals get the training, skills and experience to achieve their career goals. This guide is meant to show that there are many tax credits, wage incentives, programs and resources available to help employers make their workplaces more efficient, productive and cost effective. Taking advantage of these programs will allow employers to defray costs associated with training new hires and apprentices, hiring co-op and summer students and much more.

FALL 2015: LOCAL LABOUR MARKET PLANNING REPORT

Each year, the Algoma Workforce Investment Corporation (AWiC) issues a Local Labour Market report that summarizes labour market trends in the local area and identifies its action plan for the following year.

Both qualitative and quantitative methodologies were used to produce this report. In addition to an analysis of the data provided by Employment Ontario it includes the results of our continuous data analysis and our monitoring of emerging and critical
workforce issues. We collect information from a wide range of stakeholders and in a variety of ways, such as feedback from consultations, surveys, research reports, industry groups and associations.

Northern Ontario Immigration Profile - 2015

This report focuses on the demographics and retention of immigrants to Northern Ontario using data from the Longitudinal Immigrant Database (IMDB).This data allows us to understand the composition of tax-filing immigrants to six separate Northern Ontario communities, follow their economic establishment, examine the contribution of secondary migration (and the extent of out-migration), and compare retention across the region. Understanding these trends will allow for a better targeting of settlement services, and specific tailoring of labour market integration practices to newcomers’ needs.

2014-2015 DISTRICT REPORTS

Tourism Labour Market Initiative (Algoma/North Central & Northwest Ontario)

Tourism is an essential sector in Northern Ontario and it is critical to ensure its growth and sustainability into the future. 

The purpose of the Algoma/North Central and Northwest Ontario LMI is to:

• Analyze the current landscape affecting the regional tourism industry;

• Identify current and future regional labour force challenges;

• Recognize themes that are occurring and impacting the sector’s labour force

sustainability; and

• Identify actions that can be implemented to support balanced growth.

Forestry in Ontario. The Evolution of Forestry, Wood Manufacturing and Urban Forestry

This booklet was created to accompany two videos recently produced by Workforce Planning Ontario. The Evolution of Modern Forestry in Ontario and Wood Manufacturing in Ontario. By speaking directly to professionals in wood manufacturing, urban forestry, forestry management and woodland forestry, we have gained very current, realistic and honest statements about the nature of these industries in Ontario.

This booklet contains information on education and training opportunities for young people as well as mid-career workers wishing to join this exciting field. The possibilities are endless, with a wide range of careers and levels of training or education. There are entry-level positions for people directly out of high school, as well as careers in management, engineering and science that require college or university degrees.

2014-2015 employerone Survey Results

Economic development, education, training and employment supports all rely on sound labour market information. While much of this information comes from various sources such as Statistics Canada, the most up to date and local information can only come directly from area employers. The employerone survey was designed to get local employers’ perspectives on key labour market issues such as such as current and future skills shortages, hard to fill positions, labour turnover, as well as any issues they may face regarding training and education practices.

The data included in this report summarizes the findings of the first year of the employerone survey. This phase of the project was considered a pilot project and in the coming year AWiC will apply the lessons learned by refining the survey tool, making it even easier for employers (especially large employers) to complete the survey and reaching out to even more employers regionally. Our goal is to continually update the data so that we can provide the most accurate labour market data possible for the District of Algoma.

A Profile of the Workforce in the Non-Profit Sector in the District of Algoma

This report seeks to profile the labour force working in the non-profit sector in the District of Algoma. To undertake such a task requires making assumptions about which industry sectors should be profiled, because the labour market statistics as currently gathered do not distinguish between for-profit and non-profit employers.

Therefore this report focuses on the following industry sub-sectors:

  • Out-patient care centres
  • Individual and family services
  • Community food and housing, and emergency and other relief services
  • Vocational rehabilitation services
  • Child day-care services
  • Performing arts companies
  • Promoters (presenters) of performing arts, sports and similar events
  • Heritage institutions
  • Grant-making and giving services
  • Social advocacy organizations
  • Civic and social organizations

DOLLARS AND SENSE 2015: a guide to employer training credits, incentives and supports

With this second edition of Dollars and Sense: a guide to employer training credits, incentives and supports, The Algoma Workforce Investment Corporation (AWiC) has gathered information from a variety of government and agency sources including websites and current publications.

AWiC is committed to providing relevant workforce information to employers in order to help individuals get the training, skills and experience to achieve their career goals. This guide is meant to show that there are many tax credits, wage incentives, programs and resources available to help employers make their workplaces more efficient, productive and cost effective.

2013-2014 DISTRICT REPORTS

Mining and Forest Products Industries -Demand and Supply Projections for Skilled Workers 2014-2020

The Algoma Workforce Investment Corporation (AWIC) and the Superior East Labour Development Task Force (SELDTF) retained Quadra Consulting Group and William L. Lees & Associates Ltd. to assist AWIC/SELDTF and project partners to develop skilled labour demand and supply projections based on an assessment of the current and planned operations of the mining and forestry products companies presently active in the Superior East region. The primary objective is to determine the need for skills development and training programs targeted on area residents interested in seeking employment in the mining and forest products fields. The projection period selected covers the next 7 years, to the end of the year 2020.

2014 DESTINY SSM : ECONOMIC REPORT OF SAULT STE. MARIE

Destiny Sault Ste. Marie (Destiny SSM) initiated the development of this Indicator Report. Destiny SSM was established in 2003 and is a partnership of public and private sectors, providing economic leadership to create a prosperous, diversified, growing and sustainable economy in Sault Ste. Marie.

The goal of this report is to “enhance community economic decision-making and communication efforts of local economic development initiatives” supported with “well-sourced, accurate, consistent and widely accepted economic-related data for the local area.”

OCTOBER 2014: LOCAL LABOUR MARKET PLANNING REPORT

The prevalent labour market issue facing the Algoma District as a whole is an aging and declining population of the region which corresponds with an aging workforce. The impact of these population trends can be seen today in communities across the region and will continue to have implications on job seekers, employers and the overall workforce in future years.

The purpose of this report is to provide an update on Algoma’s labour market conditions, characteristics and trends. We hope that readers find the information relevant and applicable in the current context of our rapidly changing labour market. We are confident that this report will help service providers understand the usefulness and importance of the support they provide to Algoma’s job seekers. Our Action Plan update illustrates how we engage with the issues identified through our research and consultations.

DOLLARS AND SENSE: A GUIDE TO EMPLOYER TRAINING CREDITS, INCENTIVES AND SUPPORTS

The need for those who possess skills and knowledge to take the time to pass along their wisdom to a younger generation has never been as crucial to our local economy as it is right now. Algoma faces an aging workforce while at the same time younger job seekers face challenges finding work because of lack of experience. Mentorship and on the job training are a concrete way for important skills to be handed down from worker to worker and for employers to develop great employees.

This guide is meant to show that there are many tax credits, wage incentives, programs and resources available to help employers make their workplaces more efficient, productive and cost effective. Taking advantage of these programs will allow employers to defray costs associated with training new hires and apprentices, hiring co-op and summer students and much more.

ELLIOT LAKE RETAIL SURVEY - FALL 2013

This report is based on information gathered from businesses in the Elliot Lake region in order to identify general business issues, gaps in the hiring and training of employees and succession planning.  Ultimately the information collected will allow for the development of strategies and training programs to benefit local employers.

The data detailed in the report is localized for Elliot Lake in order to inform community stakeholders on the general business and workforce outlooks in the community. The report contains information from area business gathered through surveys and also includes community data such as population, ages, top employers in the area, growing and declining industries. Based on the information gathered, the report concludes with recommendations to address common issues and opportunities for training and skills upgraded.

This research project was sponsored by the Elliot Lake Centre for Development, ELNOS, the Algoma Workforce Investment Corporation (AWiC) and the Blind River Development Corporation (a similar study was conducted with retailers in Blind River).

BLIND RIVER EMPLOYER SURVEY - FALL 2013

This report is based on information gathered from businesses in the Blind River region in order to identify general business issues, gaps in the hiring and training of employees and succession planning.  Ultimately the information collected will allow for the development of strategies and training programs to benefit local employers.

The data detailed in the report is localized for Blind River in order to inform community stakeholders on the general business and workforce outlooks in the community. The report contains information from area business gathered through surveys and also includes community data such as population, ages, top employers in the area, growing and declining industries. Based on the information gathered, the report concludes with recommendations to address common issues and opportunities for training and skills upgraded.

This project is sponsored by the Blind River Development Corporation, Algoma Workforce Investment Corporation (AWiC), Elliot Lake Centre for Development and ELNOS.

2013 LOCAL LABOUR MARKET PLAN (LLMP) UPDATE

In March 2013, AWiC released the 2013 Local Labour Market Planning Report which provided a comprehensive overview of Algoma’s labour market as a whole and the local labour markets within the District. This report is an update to that report and includes the latest Labour Market information contained in the 2011 National Household Survey.

In addition the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) has provided AWiC with aggregated Employment Ontario (EO) program data for the District of Algoma. This data focuses on the Employment Services (ES), Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS), Second Career (SC) and Apprenticeship programs.  The data provides insight into the number of clients served within Algoma and allows us compare these at a regional and provincial level. It also allows a comparison of the Employment Ontario data to Labour Market data to provide insight into any issues such as any gaps, overlaps and under-serve populations in local services.

 


2012-2013 DISTRICT REPORTS

HEALTHCARE REPORT - BLIND RIVER & ELLIOT LAKE

Not only is the Healthcare Sector important because of the role it plays in the well-being of individuals, it is also important as a major source of employment. The purpose of this report is to look at the issues facing the Healthcare Sector in general and the impact on two communities in Algoma, Elliot Lake and Blind River.

The data included in this report is the result of surveys conducted with Healthcare employers in Elliot Lake and Blind River, combined with Statistics Canada census data. Together the data from these sources provides a picture of the current Healthcare workforce and allows us to identify trends that will have an impact of on the future workforce.

 

 

ALGOMA MINING HIRING REQUIREMENT FORECASTS

Resource-based industries are a vital part of a strong Northern Ontario economy. The discovery of significant mineral deposits in the Ring of Fire, an area in Ontario’s Far North, presents major development opportunities in mining that will contribute to the Ontario economy. However, human resources challenges threaten this growth potential.

This report was prepared for the Algoma Workforce Investment Committee (AWiC) by the Mining Industry Human Resources Counsil (MiHR)  and deals with the geographic region of Algoma. Developed from a provincial forecast for Ontario, the forecast presented here was customized to capture the unique conditions and context of mining in the Algoma District.

This is one of six separate reports on districts across Northern Ontario — the other five include: Sudbury; Cochrane and Timiskaming; Kenora and Rainy River; Nipissing; and Thunder Bay.  The goal is to empower these districts and others across Ontario to create effective labour market and workforce planning strategies — based on an understanding of mining operations and challenges specific to their region.

 

 

LOCAL LABOUR MARKET PLANNING (LLMP) REPORT

In 2012-2013 AWiC undertook a comprehensive local labour market planning (LLMP) process. This process engages 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.

This Local Labour Market Planning (LLMP) report is an update to the previous LLMP of March 2011-2012. This report is intended to provide the reader with an understanding of the local labour market changes and challenges of the District of Algoma as a whole and the communities within the region.

 


2011-2012 District Reports

LOCAL LABOUR MARKET PLAN (LLMP) REPORT

The Algoma Workforce Investment Committee conducted community consultations resulting in this Local Labour Market Plan, formally known as the TOP Report (Trends, Opportunities and Priorities Report).

The report is intended to provide an update on what has occurred in the region since last year’s report: what has changed within the key sectors in our catchment area; are we seeing new sectors emerge and have the challenges facing our employers changed?

The report is intended to provide the communities we serve with a variety of information on the different industry sectors that employ the most individuals in the region. It will discuss the challenges and issues faced by those sectors on a deeper level and will provide an action plan that is designed to produce effective results.

ALGOMA TRAINING CONSORTIUM FEASIBILITY STUDY


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