Algoma Workforce Investment Corporation (AWIC)


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 and its local communities.


Action Plan NE LHIN Task Force on the PSW Workforce

This Action Plan highlights a need for action through Collaboration and Innovation initiatives, along with a focus on improving Working Conditions and Compensation. These are the two main priority areas identified by the Task Force in response to its mandate to identify tactics to help mitigate challenges within the retention, recruitment, and overall sustainability of the PSW workforce in the North East LHIN region.

The need for a formal oversight and coordination structure is to be highlighted as third priority area, in order to support the implementation of the Action Plan.




Initiated as a pilot project in 2014, the employerone survey is in its fourth year. 

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.


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, changes in technology and the changing nature of work.

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.

DOLLARS AND SENSE 2018: 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.


Health Care is not only the largest sector of employment in Algoma, it is also the fastest growing. This is creating opportunities for people looking to enter the workforce across the region. At the same time, gathering information directly from Healthcare Employers (such as Hospitals) can be an issue and entry into the field for individual involves specialized training and often precarious employment (eg. Personal Support Workers). 

This report is meant to highlight existing workforce issues that health care organizations around Algoma are currently experiencing and to identify possible solutions for addressing them.


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 and the student population that will be entering the workforce in the next 10-15 years, and beyond.

This report provides an overview of Algoma’s Labour Market including a summary of employment by sector and occupations. It also highlights the trends that are having significant impacts including:

• Algoma’s aging population and aging workforce (demographics)
• Changes in technology
• Adapting to change
• The changing nature of work

These trends will continue to have impacts on Algoma’s labour markets for the foreseeable future and will create both risks and opportunities for students, post-graduates, individuals and employers. Recognizing and adapting to the changes will be key to maintaining a healthy labour market.


The Algoma Workforce Investment Corporation (AWIC) and the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) called on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) employers to help us better understand the issues and challenges facing businesses in this sector. The survey was designed to collect information on a range of workforce issues, including projected vacancies, hiring employees, recruitment strategies and challenges, as well as perspectives on candidate skills, education and training. 

The report provides a breakdown of: 

• Employee demographics and hiring
• Top ICT occupations in Algoma
• Top technical and softs skills most valued
• Hiring and recruitment methods used