Research & Reports

Home Research & Reports

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 and its local communities.

Dollars and Sense – 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, 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 to help individuals get the training, skills, and experience they need 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.

Remote/Hybrid Work in Algoma

COVID-19 restrictions over the past 2 years have given employers and employees first-hand experience with working remotely. Remote work (telework), a working style that allows employees to work outside of their usual place of work, offers a range of benefits to both employers and employees, including financial savings and increased job flexibility. However, remote work is not possible or desirable for all occupations. The purpose of this report is to identify the benefits and risks associated with remote work for both employers and employees while also determining which occupations in Algoma can be done remotely.

Overall, the findings in the report suggest that, for Algoma, remote work may not be the radical change many predicted at the onset of COVID-19. This is largely due to the relatively low proportion of occupations in the region that can be entirely executed remotely due to their physical nature (nursing, tradespeople, etc.).

2022 Local Labour Market Planning Report

Certainly, all sectors of Algoma’s Labour Market were impacted immediately, but the hardest hit were Tourism, Accommodations, Small Retailers, and Restaurants. AWIC conducted a series of Employer Impact surveys throughout the past 2 years and initially, 40% of Algoma’s workforce was laid-off. Thankfully government support programs cushioned the impact for both employees and employers.

As restrictions eased, businesses adapted and re-opened – and by the end of 2021, employment levels had returned to close to pre-pandemic levels and online job postings exceeded those from the previous year. In fact, the greatest cause of concern for many employers this year was a shortage of labour which made it a challenge to maintain existing levels of service or operations, let alone expansion. Perhaps the greatest long-term impacts of the COVID crisis will be the acceleration of trends that were already having an impact on Algoma’s labour market – an aging workforce, technological advancement, and the changing nature of employment.

2021 Algoma ICT and Tech Workforce Survey
This is a summary of survey results of Algoma ICT (Information Communication Technology) and Technology employers conducted by the Algoma Workforce Investment Corporation (AWIC) and the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC).

The results revealed that the struggle for local technology talent continues and that finding applicants with appropriate work experience remains a challenge. The survey validates that the opportunity for local youth to consider an ICT career continues to be an excellent choice.

AWIC 2021 COVID-19 Support Programs
This report is a summary of the current support programs in place to assist Canadians and businesses facing hardship as the result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

It is an up date list of Federal and Provincial programs to help businesses recover costs for personal protective equipment and providing extra support for businesses required to close or significantly restrict services as a result of provincial public health measures.

2021 Regional LLMP Report
This report provides an overview of Local Labour Markets in each region of Algoma – East Algoma, Sault Ste. Marie and Superior East.

2021 Local Labour Market Planning Report
2020 was a year like no other. As a global phenomenon, COVID-19 disrupted lives and economies around the world, to the extent that people everywhere experienced many of the same challenges. However, the extent of the impact varied by locality, including the impact on Algoma’s local labour markets.

COVID-19 Impact on Students and the Young Workforce
The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the labour market not only in terms of employment and operations, but in a way that will leave lasting effects on the current generation of young workers and youth just entering the workforce.

2020 Local Labour Market Planning Report
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. This report looks at the trends having the biggest impacts on Algoma’s local labour markets in 2019.

2019 EmployerOne Survey Results
The EmployerOne Survey is an annual online survey focused on the demand side of the local labour market in our region. Employers throughout the Algoma District were asked to participate in the survey in order to compile data on workforce issues on a range of workforce issues including projected vacancies, hiring plans, recruitment strategies and challenges, and their views on candidate skills and future business plans.

Algoma’s in Demand Skilled Trades
The purpose of this report is to provide an overview on Algoma’s in-demand skilled trades and the trends that are having an impact. 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 students, parents, teachers, school administration, government and employers understand the importance of the skill trades and the issues that need to be addressed.

Algoma’s Skilled Trades – Review of OCoT Data
The EmployerOne Survey is an annual online survey focused on the demand side of the local labour market in our region. Employers throughout the Algoma District were asked to participate in the survey in order to compile data on workforce issues on a range of workforce issues including projected vacancies, hiring plans, recruitment strategies and challenges, and their views on candidate skills and future business plans.

2019 Local Labour Market Planning Report
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. This report looks at the trends having the biggest impacts on Algoma’s local labour markets in 2019.

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.

2018 Algoma’s Health Care Workforce

The demand for health care services shows no signs of slowing down in Algoma. Unfortunately, the data shows that the human resources will not be available to provide these services. With the rapid growth of the sector, there will be tremendous opportunities for individuals to enter the health care workforce.

This report was meant to highlight existing workforce issues that health care
organizations around Algoma are currently experiencing and identify some possible solutions for
addressing them. By means of this report, AWIC will share the information with community partners to communicate the growing needs of the health care sector.

Help Us Serve You Better

We are collecting data to better understand who is looking for work and what kind of opportunities jobseekers are searching for. This data is completely anonymous and non-personally identifiable.

Your Age: