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2021 Durham Region Workforce Survey

The DWA, in collaboration with the Social Research Centre (SRC) at Ontario Tech University, and with significant input from community partners, have worked collaboratively to create a survey designed to provide significant information on the workforce in Durham Region. The Workforce Survey will be utilized to fill significant gaps in labour market information and better understand the skills and needs of the workforce in Durham Region.  This survey probes respondents on topics such as education, employment, training, job skills, and programs and services in Durham Region.  Analysis of this data will be used to augment data collected from the 2021 Employer Survey and create a fulsome picture of the supply and demand of the labour force in Durham Region.

The communities contribution to this process is extremely important and highly valued. The survey data will be anonymized and will not be linked back to any individual.  The survey takes approximately fifteen to complete.

This study has been approved by the Ontario Tech University Research Ethics Board [REB # 16591] on November 26, 2021.

Take the survey now: https://bit.ly/DWAWorkforceSurvey2021

Post-Pandemic Scenario Planning Report

The Durham Workforce Authority’s Post-Pandemic Scenario Planning Report aims to help local businesses plan for unforeseen and foreseeable events regarding the plausible future of the local labour market, through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

This includes scenario-based planning helps establish a specific set of uncertainties to guide the local labour market in the long-term. It supports workforce leaders to make effective resource and investment choices, anticipate required supports, consider how future conditions will affect their business, establish alternative responses, and develop skills gap closing strategies.

The overarching goal of this report is to initiate a conversation around the next steps and actions that are required to address present and future labour market impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Durham Region.

Click here to view the full report.

Labour Market Information (LMI) Video Series


Here at DWA, we have created a video series all about LMI to inform the community about the importance of LMI and to provide Employment Ontario Service Providers, Economic Development and Chambers of Commerce, Community Partners, Employers, and Job Seekers with access to timely LMI data and analysis.

The 11 videos include, but are not limited to: the eight indicators, the monthly labour force survey data for Oshawa CMA, local custom data that are legacy pieces from the LEPC, and other critical pieces of labour market information in an accessible format.

Click any of the titles below to watch the video, or click here to view the whole playlist!

1. Definition of CMA

2. Key Components of Labour Fore Survey

3. Labour Market Information

4. DWA 101

5. Canadian Business Count

6. Durham Region Key Sectors Overview

7. Durham Region Key Sectors and Employment Levels (1/2)

8. Durham Region Key Sectors and Employment Levels (2/2)

9. Basic Labour Market Indicators Overview

10. Basic Labour Market Indicators (1/2)

11. Basic Labour Market Indicators (2/2)



Community Connections

Here at Durham Workforce Authority (DWA), we are constantly looking for ways to ensure the community is aware of the valuable resources we provide. As part of that process, we are working to develop a series of monthly blogs to help our stakeholders better understand the value the DWA provides in the community.

Most recently, we were proud to publish a Guest Blog Post featuring: Natalie Prychitki – Chief Executive Officer, Whitby Chamber of Commerce.  Click here to read it!

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