The mobility of labour force is an issue of concern for most communities, urban or rural. Economic growth depends on communities’ capability of attracting skilled and knowledgeable workers. Little information and research effort has been allocated to study migration at this level of geography. Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) with the financial support of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) is coordinating a labour market mobility research project in partnership with Four County Labour Market Planning Board, Grey County, Waterloo-Wellington-Dufferin Workforce Planning Board, Wellington County, Elgin-Middlesex-Oxford Workforce Planning and Development Board, South-Central Ontario Region Economic Development Corporation and Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie.
The analyses performed by Paul Knafelc from Community Benchmarks using a customized longitudinal database about income change among people who move in and out of these communities intend to reveal the driving forces behind labour force mobility from these communities and regions.
Community leaders are looking for strategies and solutions that allow quick responses to economic changes. Similar research attempts will be supported for other communities in the province if the results from this research partnership provide interest and value.
More details regarding this community effort can be accessed here.