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The Centre for Workforce Development is open. Staff are available by email or phone, however, individual meetings with staff are not being conducted at this point in time. Please contact the Executive Director if you matter is urgent and you require an in-person meeting. As a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the CFWD Annual General Meeting will be held virtually on June 8th at 5:30 pm. If you are interested in participating in the AGM, please contact the Executive Director to be registered.

Labour Market Resources

Understanding what is happening in the labour market is important. Whether you are a job seeker, a student trying to figure out your career path or a business looking to establish or grow, labour market information is key to developing the knowledge needed to make informed decisions.


The Centre for Workforce Development conducts a number of projects each year in the community to address local labour force issues identified through conversations, consultations, research and the Local Labour Market Plan. Below are the projects we will be working on in 2019-20. Take some time to explore what is happening and reach out to us if you have any questions!


The Centre for Workforce Development relies on our Community Partners to help provide research, conduct community projects, inform the community and develop collaborative solutions to local workforce issues.

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Whether you are looking for a copy of our latest press release, an article on the labour market, local provincial or national or just want to know what events we are hosting, you can explore everything in this section!

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Making sure you get the most out of your business

At the Centre for Workforce Development (CFWD), we understand the daily struggles that our local employers face in retaining and growing their workforce. We work in partnership with local Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development and community organizations to develop solutions to your workforce issues.

In 2019/20, we are working on some unique research pieces that we hope will help establish a number of new strategies to address particular gaps in the local labour force. Leading the research across Eastern Ontario into the low participation rate in the labour force has been enlightening. The preliminary data pointed to issues we did not expect. The Labour Force Participation Rate report will be released in mid-March.

Developing a better understanding of the In-Demand Skilled Trades locally in an initiative that took place across all of Ontario. The In-Demand Skilled Trades Report was released in mid-January and is available to download HERE.

Health Care occupations are a growing workforce concern across the Board catchment area. During February 2020, a survey of employees in the industry was conducted. The results of that survey were presented at a forum in early March 2020 where participants provided input to a number of key issues that were identified. The report will be published in later March 2020.

The 2020 Local Labour Market Plan (LLMP) Update, “Mind the Gap” is now available for download.

Also available for download is the 2020 EmployerOne Survey Report. French versions of both will be available in the coming weeks.

As part of our ongoing efforts to improve the work we do for you, we would appreciate your feedback on both reports.

The LLMP Report Feedback can be completed on a fillable PDF which can be downloaded HERE.

The EmployerOne Survey Report Feedback can be completed on a fillable PDF which can be downloaded HERE.

Updates to the Regional HR Strategy were included in the 2020 LLMP Update. For previous versions of the LLMP and EmployerOne Survey reports, please visit the Labour Market Reports Section.

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