Middlesex and Oxford and the Cities of London and St. Thomas, has begun the recovery of jobs following the economic downturn in 2009 there is still a great deal to be done. High demand continues for social services and employment assistance in the area as displaced workers and new entrants to the local job market look for employment.
Manufacturing led the way in employment in 2012 according to Labour Force Survey estimates with 48,200 people employed in the London Economic Region. This was followed by trade at 46,500 and health care at 42,900 (Table 5).
Small business continues to drive the hiring across the region. Canadian Business Patterns data from June 2012 showed the strongest growth in number of businesses in Elgin and Oxford to be in business with 1-4 employees while Middlesex saw the largest increase in businesses with 20-49 employees.
Since its launch in September, 2012 to March 4, 2013, the Hire One London website has recorded 1,491 hires reported by business. Recovery has begun, but continued collaborative effort is needed to leverage activity across the region to create more employment opportunities. Economic Development Offices have been at the forefront of regional collaboration supported by their municipalities. Chambers of Commerce across the region are also combining efforts to address workforce issues on behalf of their members. These collective voices are strengthening the local workforce planning process.
Business identified the following workforce areas as priorities to be addressed:
• Labour Market Information Availability – identifying and responding to workforce needs of business
• Accessing Services – learning what is available
• Employee Training – lifelong learning
• Young Adults - starting their careers
• Education – increasing business involvement
• Entrepreneurs – inspiring growth
• New Canadians – putting talent to work
• Mature Workers – putting experience to work
• Apprenticeship – completions
The 2013 Labour Market Plan identifies numerous local collaborations taking leadership on workforce issues. Additional input is always welcomed. For more information on the 2013 Labour Market Plan or referral to any of the existing partnerships, contact the Elgin, Middlesex Oxford Workforce Planning and Development Board.
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