Welcome to the Durham Workforce Authority

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Employer Survey

Public Survey

Community planning takes work and a lot of research. This month, the Durham Workforce Authority (DWA) will launch its groundbreaking community survey –Skill Shed.

Two internet surveys will be conducted between January and March. The first survey will focus on Durham Region’s residents to analyze employment lifestyles. Questions will inquire about residents’ general characteristics, employment statuses, skill sets, desired wages and commuting patterns.

A second internet survey will be used to gather the experiences and perceptions of Durham Region employers. Questions will inquire about methods employers use to recruit workers, their perceptions of worker availability and quality, and the skills sets and qualifications employers desire from potential employees.

DWA Executive Director Heather McMillan said, “This is a ground-breaking study for Durham Region, a Skill Shed study is standard practice in American workforce planning boards.  To our knowledge, this type of research has not been attempted in Canada or Ontario. The Skill Shed will provide the DWA, Economic Development and our community partners’ labour market information that can be used for program planning, economic development initiatives and future research.”

To participate in the public survey click here.

To participate in the employer survey click here.


women in the tradesDWA Youth Survey

To ensure Durham’s prosperity and curb out-migration of prime working populations, initiatives must be explored to increase labour market attachment of Durham’s youth population.

Youth between the ages of 15 and 24 can  participate in the survey, at:


Interested youth who complete the survey will be eligible to win an Ipad.

“The DWA and its community partners want to ensure that we address our youth unemployment issue, and the first step in understanding is to seek feedback from our youth.  The survey results will be shared widely and be used to make future programming recommendations.” Said DWA Executive Director, Heather McMillan.


Created sixteen years ago as part of a government initiative aimed at building a network of locally-focused labour market organizations, the Durham Workforce Authority (DWA) has evolved into an effective research and planning body funded by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The DWA has successfully engaged Durham’s business and labour communities while providing critical local labour market analysis and reports to the Ministry and to the Region’s many stakeholders.