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DWA Launches Project Funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation


Local MPP Jennifer French joined staff from the Literacy Network of Durham Region (LiNDR) and the Durham Workforce Authority (DWA) for a joint launch of their respective Resilient Communities Fund grants from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF).

The DWA received funding in the amount of $65, 000 to facilitate the creation of a community economic development plan for Oshawa’s Lakeview neighbourhoods.  These funds will allow for a robust community engagement process resulting in a data driven, community informed final plan rooted in the collective impact model. The final report and plan will serve as a roadmap for future improvements in service access and delivery in the Lakeview neighbourhood and is expected to be released in spring 2023.


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Community Connections

Here at Durham Workforce Authority (DWA), we are constantly looking for ways to proactively engage with our community.  Our team recently had the opportunity to attend an event hosted by the  Whitby Chamber of Commerce  on the harsh realities of hiring in todays job market.

Click here to read more about it and find some valuable hiring resources!



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)


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