Labour Market Resources


Career Pathways Passport

Good career decisions begin with an understanding of the labour market, job trends and the skills and competencies required to thrive in a rapidly-changing work environment. The Career Pathways Expo is a great opportunity to help students make informed choices. This guide navigates through a large variety of focus areas aligned with the SHSM (Specialist High Skills Major) opportunities in secondary school. It aims to provide students and parents with information on post-secondary options, including: Apprenticeship Training, College Programs, University Programs and Workplace Opportunities.


Skill Gaps, Labour Shortages and Challenged Job seekers in Key Employment Sectors of York Region (Full Report)

The Workforce Planning Board, in partnership with York University, Seneca College and the Regional Municipality of York undertook a project to review three key employment sectors in York Region – Information and Communication Technology, Manufacturing and Financial Services. The purpose of the project included:

• Determining the skills sets that employers require now and in the future in these three sectors

• Identifying skill gaps that exist

• Review challenged supply side (job seekers), specifically youth, displaced workers and internationally educated professionals who are job seeking

• Make recommendations to address identified gaps that include partnering with business and education to close gaps
Click here to read the Executive Report

Jobs For Grads Report

The Workforce Planning Board undertook a research project to gather information from youth (20-29 years of age) to analyse youth employment in York Region and Bradford West Gwillimbury. The goal was to identify the skill sets that youth are leaving post-secondary school with to enter the job market as well as gauge their utilization of Employment Ontario employment services during their job search

Better Business Outcomes Through Workforce Security

The labour market has changes and many workers today are in non-standard jobs. These changes have impacted both workers and businesses resulting in a growing issue of “insecure work”. This report produced in partnership by KPMG and United Way Toronto & York Region is a business case framework and provides employers the tools to assess their current practices, adjust these practices and improve the wellbeing of their non-standard workforce while improving their business results. These results may include increased productivity of workers, higher retention rates, reduced absenteeism and or improved customer service. These changes have the potential to drive broader social changes and provide the foundation for an improved economic climate for companies to operate within.

Online Job Posting and YR + BW Labour Market

The Workforce Planning Board of York Region and BWG purchased a data set from job boards that collected information on online job postings about jobs located in York Region or Bradford West Gwillimbury. The report analyzes this data and seeks to answer questions about how the local job openings match the education profile of local residents, how these job postings match up with the career aspirations of local youth and how representative might the online job board data be of all local job openings.

On the Move Report 2014

Ontario’s Central Region is economically dynamic and constantly on the move. This report provides statistical data demonstrating the ways in which its residents move. It includes information on migration (movement of residence), immigration (arrival from foreign countries) and commuting (travelling to and from work).

 It's More Than Poverty - Employment Precarity and Household Well-being

It's More Than Poverty - Employment Precarity and Household Well-being

A report that demonstrates how employment precarity greatly magnifies the difficulties of supporting a household and the insecurity has an effect on well-being and community connections regardless of income.

 People without Jobs, Jobs without People

The Great Canadian Skills Mismatch People Without Jobs, Jobs Without People and MORE

Dr. Rick Miner is the President of Miner and Miner, Ltd; a management consulting firm that focuses on current changes, problems and their solutions to the labour market in Canada. Dr. Miner is the former president of Seneca College in York Region from 2001 to 2009. He has published his analysis, “The Great Canadian Skills Mismatch: People without Jobs, Jobs without People and MORE”, March 2014. In this analysis, Dr. Miner discusses the multiple mismatches that exist in today’s labour market. Using a ‘what-if analysis’, the report investigates a variety of options to address these challenges