2021 Sector Partnership Planning Grants Reports

The Durham Workforce Authority (DWA) engaged in five Sector Planning Partnership Grants (SPPG) to understand better the changing landscape in Durham Region. The need for this research was first signaled by the Region of Durham Economic Development and Tourism’s intention to update their regional economic development plan in the near future and workforce development is a key component of this plan.  To ensure each of the five sectors continues to grow and thrive within the region, it is essential to study the current state of the sector, the workforce, pandemic, technology impacts, and the required regional sector supports that will influence these sectors.

Providing Durham Region with a broad view of five of the eight priority sectors in Durham Region with a deep understanding of the sector, new labour market information, updated employer, education, and economic development would provide opportunities for program and policy planning to all those engaged in the labour market.  The challenge of the pandemic shifted existing economic development plans and local employer plans exposing long-run implications for Durham’s supply/demand needs.

These reports contain detailed labour market information, education, training supports, and recommendations to evolve workforce development. Their compilation involved an agreed methodology consisting of an extensive literature review, summits and key informant interviews with industry and sector representatives, an employer survey, and input from the project steering and technical committees.  The DWA believes that the reports are the start of the work to be done in each of the sectors and would like to thank and acknowledge the support provided by partners, colleagues, employers, post-secondary institutions, economic development, and the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development for their support to complete this important research.

Healthcare Sector

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Click here for the sector summary (French Language)

Agriculture Sector

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Logistics Sector

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Manufacturing Sector

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Click here for the sector summary (French Language)

Construction Sector

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Click here for the sector summary (French Language)

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Clear Language Documents

The DWA partnered with the Literacy Network of Durham Region (LiNDR) to produce easy-to-read, accessible documentation of key sector and occupation information from the profile research and reports. The materials are designed to be clear, concise, and widely accessible to multiple frontline stakeholders and the community. They are written in a narrative format with plain, non-technical language in a graphic format.

For each sector, a clear language summary of the sector definition, an overview of the sector in Durham Region, including details on the scale and nature of the sector, and information on how to access the training necessary to enter the sector.  Click on the links below to see the clear language materials for each sector.

Healthcare Sector
Agriculture Sector
Logistics Sector
Manufacturing Sector
Construction Sector