In partnership with Workforce Planning Boards across the province, Workforce WindsorEssex is leading Work Trends with the goal of increasing the accuracy and access of labour market information in Ontario.
The first step in identifying how to best support and create employment opportunities, innovative training and improve the capacity of communities to respond to labour market shocks is to know what is happening in all corners of the province and communities in real-time. The Work Trends project can provide this province-wide data, customized by different geographies and demographics, while identifying trends over time.
This project will track growing and declining occupations and sectors across geographies in real-time to reduce the response time to shocks and opportunities in the labour market. This information can be filtered by time period, 5-digit NOC (2021) or 6-digit NAICS code through new interactive job demand and job search reporting tools that will support a variety of geographical perspectives, including postal codes, ridings, school board districts, health regions, and municipalities.
Employers will be able to access real-time and customized LMI dashboards to view wage data and how their hiring activities compare to their competitors. Job seekers will find the quickest path to employment with a highly localized and comprehensive job search, career development and community data tools. By aggregating and de-duplicating job postings from 275+ job boards across the province, new self-serve jobseeker accounts for unassisted jobseekers will provide 24/7 no-charge access, while collecting new demographic and job outcome data.
Recognizing that virtual work is an emerging trend in Ontario which can help those impacted by the pandemic, and who are already considered an at-risk population, Work Trends will launch a WFH job board on workforceplanningontario.com, featuring virtual work opportunities, while mirroring the new WFH Job Board on all participating WPB websites so the tools can be marketed both locally and provincially.
We will provide no-charge access to custom labour market data subscriptions to professionally curated, real-time labour market data to all interested governments, industry associations and occupational associations for strategic planning, decision making and membership services. This will be beneficial to groups that have different geographic boundaries than the WPBs.
New tools to be created:
Work From Home (WFH) Job Board: Widen opportunities for those not finding the right fit in their community, and support those with caregiving responsibilities, transportation barriers, or disabilities.
Sector Map: Visualize sector-level employer concentrations across the province, enhancing visibility into employment opportunities for jobseekers and highlighting the competitive landscape for employers.
Sector and Career Libraries: Improve the discoverability of career opportunities through easy-to-use exploratory resources.
Job Demand and Job Search Reports: Provide clear visibility into trends on labour market supply and demand.