One of our community partners, the Niagara Workforce Planning Board, is the expert on our local labour market. They are a not-for-profit, community-based organization comprised of volunteers from business, labour, education and community groups.
The Niagara Workforce Planning Board brings local community stakeholders together to identify labour force issues and develop possible solutions for labour force development across all parts of Niagara.
Their mandate: Leading in the creation of innovative labour market solutions by:
The Niagara Workforce Planning Board provides current and accurate labour market information and research that will support the development of solutions to address our particular labour force challenges. Relevant reports, websites, and data analysis on workforce demographics and market conditions are collected and made available to you on their website.
The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities selected Niagara as a pilot area for the Employment Ontario implementation of the Integrated Local Labour Market Planning framework. This framework recognizes that while government is responsible for its programs and budgets, the community, business leaders and all three levels of government work together to develop local plans and share in the support as well as accountability for them.
The Niagara Labour Market Planning Committee was formed to guide and influence our local planning process, address our current labour supply and demand needs and anticipate future needs.
Community consultation with local businesses, job seekers, educators, community agencies, and other stakeholders was integral to the creation of the report - Niagara Labour Market Plan 2009-2013...A Vision in Action, which was released in June 2009.
The plan uses input from the community and statistical data and evidence to validate priorities, strategies and actions. The plan promotes a labour market strategy to develop a skilled, knowledgeable and resilient talent pool for a competitive Niagara economy.
Two broad challenge areas were the basis for the actions of the plan:
Four key priorities were identified and strategies recommended to address these priorities and position our workforce to meet the challenges of the future.