Local Labour Market Plan – Setting the Stage for 2012 Consultations
Ontario’s provincial government continues to develop its skills and knowledge agenda as part of a broader vision to enhance the province’s competitiveness. This vision is supported by the overall goal of growing the supply of labour in local labour markets across Ontario and addressing the demand by employers for relevant and emerging skills.
Labour Market Plan (LMP) will support the Employment Ontario mandate and represent:
- A rolling, three year evidence-based plan which reflects local labour market realities, challenges and opportunities;
- A plan developed through a process of shared accountability, joint responsibility and cooperation, which has been endorsed and supported by community and business leaders, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and other government partners; and
- A plan that will identify existing and new program and service needs, inform and support program and service decisions, and contribute to the setting of budget priorities and allocations.
- Develop a planning model tailored to the unique needs of the Durham community which builds on the 2009 pilot ILLMP and which meets the objectives of the Ontario government’s skills and knowledge agenda.
- Community will be engaged through scheduled consultations, community partners meetings such as the Literacy Network of Durham and the Durham Region Employment Network’s quarterly meetings, Regional Economic Development quarterly meetings, Local Diversity and Immigration Partnership Council meetings, focus groups and on line surveys.
- Community stakeholders will have access to previous ILLMP reports, Durham Workforce Authority and tradeability.ca sector studies, region and local economic development plans.
- Undertake an inclusive consultation process with broad participation from industry, labour, education and service providers to inform the planning process.
- The completed plan will be made available to the community in a variety of formats to engage community validation; on the Durham Workforce Authority website, committee meeting presentations and print.
Analysis of Local Labour Market Information
A key role of the Local Board is ensuring community decisions are fact-based and objective. To ensure quality plan outcomes, the Durham Workforce Authority will engage in selected sector analysis, examine local employment opportunities, employer, and industry and education outlooks.
The Board will utilize all available sources of local labour market information, including Statistics Canada, Canadian Business Patterns and Taxfiler data, to identify regional trends, issues and opportunities and to facilitate the local labour market planning process.
Fostering community good will is an objective of the Durham Workforce Authority. Engaging the community through a planned consultation process is critical to the creation of a validated, supported community plan.
The Durham Workforce Authority will both lead and participate in the consultation process depending on the consultation process required for the particular community involved. The Durham Workforce Authority will move toward a year-round consultation process by leveraging its relationships with community partners to coordinate consultations within regular meeting plans. The Durham Workforce Authority has memberships and relationships with community partners such as Literacy Network of Durham and the Durham Region Employment Network’s quarterly meetings, Employment Ontario Service Providers Implementation Team meetings, Durham Region Immigrant Service Providers meetings, Regional Economic Development quarterly meetings, and Local Diversity and Immigration Partnership Council meetings.
The Durham Workforce Authority will leverage the community business representatives to champion the work of the Durham Workforce Authority and LLMI to engage the business community. Additionally, the Durham Workforce Authority will leverage its memberships in the seven region Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trades to engage employers through key informant interviews, focus groups and on line surveys.
The Durham Workforce Authority will reach out to equity groups, unions, displaced workers and other identified target populations though focus groups and on line surveys.
Local Priorities and Action Plan
Upon completion of the research and consultation phase, the Durham Workforce Authority will draft a preliminary report to be vetted by the Board of Directors and then shared with the consultation participants and available to the general public via the website for comment and feedback.
Feedback mechanisms will include electronic surveys, and follow up presentation meetings with selected groups.
The Durham Workforce Authority will seek natural leaders and partners in planned initiatives to ensure that the community benefits from the best possible work. As well we will endeavour to solicit other partnerships with those stakeholders and funders who have similar priorities that impact these trends.