The COVID-19 crisis has undoubtedly impacted us regionally and globally, changing the way we work, conduct business, and go about our daily lives.
From navigating how to work from home, survive business closures and lay-offs, and simply not being able to participate in the many daily activities that were part of our lives a short time ago, this has been a difficult transition for many.
Responding to this, Workforce WindsorEssex has shifted gears in an effort to support the community in getting through this challenging time. Our team has put together new resources and is generating new research that we hope will help our community come out stronger.
INFORMING EFFORTS TO ADDRESS THE CRISIS LOCALLY
TAKING YOUR JOB SEARCH ONLINE
Taking Your Job Search Online is led by Workforce WindsorEssex, in partnership with South Essex Community Council and thanks to funding from United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County and the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund. We are producing tools and presentations to support those looking to gain employment during current lockdown protocols. Taking Your Job Search Online features resources to help those seeking temporary or permanent employment during these difficult times. These resources will also assist those recently laid off due to the pandemic’s impact on our local economy or those that may be laid off due to upcoming lay offs in the manufacturing sector.
ESSENTIAL WORKER CAREER PORTAL
The current COVID-19 pandemic facing our community is not only impacting the health of Windsor-Essex residents, but is greatly impacting essential businesses, greatly increasing their need to hire staff in a short period of time. The high demand for qualified and experienced staff is highlighting a local gap in the available workforce that are trained and available to work in essential positions, including healthcare, food and beverage retail, transportation, and social services and supports. In March 2020, 9 out of 10 of the most common positions sought by employers were deemed essential positions. The demand for essential positions is expected to grow throughout the current crisis, however many of these positions are consistently in-demand in Windsor-Essex, including home support workers, retail salespersons, and transport truck drivers.
LABOUR MARKET INSIGHTS BLOG SERIES
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Workforce WindsorEssex has been assessing how COVID-19 is impacting job search and job demand through the Labour Market Insights blog series. This monthly blog, published the first Friday of the month, examines which occupations are in-demand in Windsor-Essex as the landscape of the pandemic shapes the way we live and work. The series also examines how job search has changed in terms of what occupations jobseekers are specifically searching for and interacting with.
COVID-19 Worker Impact Survey results
On April 22, 2020, Workforce WindsorEssex, in partnership with six other workforce planning boards that are part of Workforce Planning West, released their COVID-19 Worker Impact Survey Results to help inform the ongoing development of responsive employment-related initiatives.
The survey collected 2,568 responses across 16 counties in Southwestern Ontario, including 567 responses in Windsor-Essex.
COVID-19 Business Impact Survey RESULTS
On April 14, 2020, the Windsor Essex COVID-19 Economic Task Force released the results from its COVID-19 Business Impact Survey, which asked businesses for input around current and expected impacts they are facing due the pandemic. The COVID-19 Business Impact Survey was open from March 22 to April 8, 2020 and received 575 responses from businesses in the Windsor-Essex region, with a completion rate of 72%.
To view aggregated data from the COVID-19 Business Impact Survey, visit the Windsor Essex COVID-19 Business Impact Survey Dashboard. This data can be filtered by business size, sector, and municipality to create custom reports.
NEW RESOURCES TO SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY
Workforce WindsorEssex has compiled additional resources to support you and your family during this complicated time.
Help for Laid Off Workers
We have consolidated resources aimed at helping workers affected by layoffs, now including a section on Covid-19 Relief for Workers. This page is updated regularly as more information becomes available. Topics include:
- Covid-19 Relief for Workers
- Financial & Social Supports
- Job Finding Tools
- Employment Services
- Skills Upgrading for Adults
- Learn About Hiring Trends
Working from Home Resources
Many workplaces are encouraging their employees to work from home to help mitigate the spread of Covid-19. If you have a job that you are able to do from home, you may find it a challenge to adapt.
We’ve compiled some tips and resources below to help you make the most out of working from home.
- Helpful Tips
- Taking Care of Your Family
- Mental Health and Physical Health
- Keeping In Touch
Learning from Home
Workforce WindsorEssex has assembled a list of resources for learning from home. Workforce WindsorEssex hopes to aid parents and educators during this challenging time by ensuring that students can continuing learning, from the comfort of home, with these helpful resources.
We have compiled resources to encourage learning from home for the following groups:
- For Kids
- All Ages
- Adult Learning
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Whether you are returning to work, working from home, going back to school or starting virtual learning, there are many new challenges to face. Workforce WindsorEssex has compiled a list of resources to make navigating this time a bit more manageable for you.
Our Mental Health Resources cover the following topics, and more:
- Returning to Work
- Working from Home
- Support Helplines
- Local Services
- Additional Mental Health Resources
FOR THE LATEST PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION IN OUR REGION
To keep up-to-date with the most accurate information about COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex, visit the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.