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Ontario's Employment Services Transformation

Report Series

These reports were written and produced by FutureFit AI in partnership with the Canadian Council for Youth Prosperity in advance of the Ontario Employment Transformation.  The CCYP is exploring how the transformation in Ontario could

improve employment outcomes for Ontario’s youth.  We engaged FutureFit AI to examine the factors that led to this shift and encourage you to read the “Employment Demand and Service Gaps in Ontario” report series. Through this research, we identified five core themes related to improving Ontario employment services which, if done well, would improve employment prospects for youth.

Youth Employment and Service Gaps in Ontario:  Opportunities Ahead for Transformation (September 2019)

In early 2019, the Government of Ontario began the process of transforming employment services in order to streamline, increase efficiency and focus on outcomes. Ontario’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities will pilot system changes by consolidating the employment service landscape in the regions of Peel, Hamilton-Niagara and Muskoka-Kawarthas starting in early 2020. 

Employment Demand and Service Gaps in Ontario: Labour Market Analysis of the Hamilton-Niagara Region (September 2019)

As with other communities in Ontario, the Hamilton-Niagara region is experiencing the effect of shifting regional demand at both an industrial and occupational level. This shift is characterized by a move away from a standard manufacturing base towards a technology-influenced

knowledge economy. Using real-time labour market information for the years 2014-2018, we verify that industries like Manufacturing are indeed continuing to decline but remain as one of the largest industries for employer demand. This has implications for workers and employment

services in the scenario that a large base of manufacturing workers may need to transition to other industries over the short term.

Employment Demand and Service Gaps in Ontario: Labour Market Analysis of the Muskoka-Kawarthas Region (September 2019)

As with other communities in Ontario, the Muskoka-Kawarthas region is experiencing the effect of shifting regional demand at both an industrial and occupational level. This shift is partly characterized by a move away from a standard manufacturing base. Unique to the Muskoka-Kawarthas region, however, it is more reliant on volatile, low skill industries like Retail Trade and Accommodation and Food Services and likely slower to grow high skill industries.  Using real-time labour market information for the years 2014-2018, we verify that industries like Retail Trade and Manufacturing are indeed continuing to decline but remain as some of the largest industries for employer demand. This has implications for workers and employment services in the scenario that a large base of retail and manufacturing workers may need to transition to other industries over the short term.

Employment Demand and Service Gaps in Ontario: Labour Market Analysis of the Peel Region (September 2019)

As with other communities in Ontario, the Peel Region is experiencing the effects of shifting regional demand at both an industrial and occupational level. This shift is characterized by a move away from a standard manufacturing base towards a technology-influenced knowledge economy. Using real time labour market information for the years 2014-2018, we verify that industries like Manufacturing are indeed continuing to decline but remain as one of the largest industries for employer demand. This has implications for workers and employment services in the scenario that a large base of manufacturing workers may need to transition to other
industries over the short term.

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