Project Overview


To help the community better understand the supply and demand for talent, the LEPC will leverage the region’s largest job board to create a monthly job demand report, a monthly jobseekers supply report, and develop best practice tips for jobseekers.


Project Timeline

April 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019


Project Status – IN PROGRESS

In May 2019, we re-launched a new Job Demand report, featuring locally collected data from national, provincial and local job boards. This report captures nearly twice the number of job postings that we were previously able to view. At the same time, we launched the first of its kind, Job Search report, capturing how jobseekers are looking for work using our WEexplore careers, WEmap jobs and WEjobs board tools. These two monthly reports help the community better understand the supply and demand for talent and is being used to develop new monthly blogs featuring tips for jobseekers and employers.

The monthly job demand report’s layout was updated in December 2019.The new layout contains an additional 5 pages of information that can be filtered by many factors, including: municipality, job type, job duration, job board posted on, required languages, skill level, skill type, company or employment agency, and 2-,3-, or 4- digit national occupation classification code. The new report will allow for greater individualized analysis and interpretation of the findings to suit your organization’s needs.

To view the monthly reports and read the blog click below:


Project Rationale:

With a low participation rate (60.2%), a low unemployment rate (6% in 2018), and increasing number of retirements, local employers are struggling to find qualified candidates. Through consultations and surveys over the past three years, employers have consistently noted that one of the major challenges facing their company is a lack of qualified applicants responding to their online job postings. At the same time, over 10,000 jobseekers (in December 2018) are looking for work in an inefficient way, having to search multiple job boards so they don’t miss a job opportunity. For those with low-literacy, limited access to a computer and internet, or those new to Canada, spending hours searching through multiple job search sites is not an effective, or sometimes plausible, use of their time. This misalignment continues with a growing reliance on keyword searches and generically written resumes.

Using the region’s largest job board, the LEPC will report on the supply and demand of the local labour market in monthly reports. Access to job demand and jobseeker supply research will help:

  • the community and institutions understand the skills gap in the workforce and better tailor short-term training and upskilling opportunities for jobseekers
  • employers understand the available workforce and how jobseekers search for jobs
  • jobseekers understand the kinds of jobs that are available and how to efficiently find them
  • educators prepare their students for careers that are in-demand locally

The LEPC will create best practice tip sheets to better support jobseekers with resume creation and online job searches. Helping employers and jobseekers understand each other will lead to a more efficient labour market.

Monthly blog posts will also be created to showcase different trends that are being identified in the data with the community, including commonly searched for positions, industries hiring for the most positions, etc.


Project Contact:

Tashlyn Teskey, Manager of Projects & Research

226-674-3220 ext. 857