Research and Reports

2022-2023 Projects

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Research Strategy Development Report (Click to download)

The pandemic has revealed that women, youth, persons with disabilities, newcomers, Indigenous, 2SLGBTQI+ Community and others are at a far greater risk of labour market shocks.  The DWA will move to embed an EDI lens throughout all future research the DWA completes in the future.

The DWA will broaden its outreach to diverse communities in the region to engage with the DWA.  Results from occupation-level analysis, using a method for calculating the likelihood of automation, show that visible minority, Indigenous, female and youth workers are over-represented in occupations that are at risk for labour market shocks and disruptions, historically, this has not been part of the DWA research strategy.  The Covid 19 pandemic has illuminated the research bias.

As part of this research and permanent change in research strategy, the DWA has created a research standard that applies an equity lens to all data collection in the future to broaden the understanding of the local labour market. The standard seeks to find appropriate data collection and reporting methods that are not exclusive or colonial, connecting to new community partners to better serve job seekers, learners, and those with lived experience.

Local Labour Market Plan (LLMP) Update (Click to download)

The LLMP provides timely labour market information and qualitative and quantitative analysis and recommendations for Durham Region. The DWA is excited to be providing a community-responsive Local Labour Market planning document that provides new and emerging actions and a three-year outlook.

As 2020 was a census year, the DWA analyzed eight high-level community indicators and custom-purchased other data from Statistics Canada and other research organizations such as Build Force.

New this year, the DWA convened ad hoc community advisory groups to review the research projects. We thank those partners for their interest in our work; their insights have enhanced this final document.

The Pandemic in Labour Report (Click to download)

Employers throughout the Durham Region have expressed concerns that they cannot recruit or retain labour across all sectors and occupation profiles. This report explores a new approach to LMI, employer engagement and the future of work in Durham Region.