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This monthly Newsletter contains information about what’s happening within our organization, the community, and our local labour market.

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Workforce Summit: Redefining Retirement

On Wednesday, February 20, 2019 Workforce WindsorEssex’s LEPC team launched two new online tools and hosted a Workforce Summit event. The event brought together local employers to better understand our region’s aging workforce, exchange ideas, and learn workforce planning strategies from guest speakers.
Speakers at the Workforce Summit presented on key topics relating to an aging workforce, including knowledge transfer, engaging an aging workforce, offering benefits to older workers, and succession planning.
We have also created an online information hub for employers and older workers. The hub provides information about government services and programs, highlights volunteer and micro-employment opportunities, as well as sharing other 3rd party resources that will help older workers and employers find a path forward during this transformative time.

Redefining Retirement Info Hub

Online Sector Dashboard
To help employers and the community understand the retirement wave and better navigate labour market information by sector, Workforce WindsorEssex has launched an online Sector Dashboard. This resource contains a dozen interactive dashboards that allow users to pull sector/sub-sector level statistics about the supply and demand of the workforce, including job automation predictions.
Users can interact with and download sector and subsector level data pertaining to business counts, workforce demographics, incomes, education, projected retirements, post-secondary enrollment, job postings, and job automation potential. Through the tool, users can also learn more about other Workforce WindsorEssex research and tools. 

Online Sector Dashboard

WEexplore Trades Release

Workforce WindsorEssex held a press conference at LiUNA625! to announce 6 new tools and resources, all focused on the Skilled Trades.

To encourage apprenticeship careers in our region, Workforce WindsorEssex is working with our partners to provide labour market tools, research, guides and events that will help people learn more about the rewarding career opportunities available in the skilled trades.

The new resources announced include:

  1. A written career guide the 26 in-demand skilled trade occupations in construction, motive power, industrial (manufacturing) and service sectors. 
  2. Four new engagement videos covering skilled trade workers in construction, motive power, industrial, and service sectors.
  3. The organization of the region’s first ever Test Drive Day on March 5, 2019. (See Below) 
  4. New enhancements and content for the popular WEexplore tool. The improvements allow for the filtering of apprenticeable careers. 
  5. The ongoing weekly release of new Workforce Profiles every Wednesday. 
  6. In an effort to encourage more women to pursue an apprenticeship in the skilled trades, Workforce WindsorEssex created and moderates a Facebook group called Windsor-Essex Women in Skilled Trades

Skilled Trades Page

Test Drive Day

On March 5, 2019, Workforce WindsorEssex hosted the first ever Test Drive Day in the region, where over 800 students toured 18 employer workplaces that employ apprentices and journeypersons in all four Skilled Trades sectors: construction, industrial (manufacturing), service and motive power.

To view more photos from the day please visit our website:

Test Drive Day

Check out all of the school and employer tweets on Twitter by viewing Workforce WindsorEssex’s Test Drive Day “Twitter Moment”

Windsor Essex Local Immigration Partnership Success Story:

2018-2019 marked the 10 year anniversary of the Windsor Essex Local Immigration Partnership. In November 2008, the City of Windsor was given the lead for the WE LIP initiative by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. In January 2009, the first council meeting was held with an assembly of committed stakeholders working towards a common goal of creating a welcoming community for newcomers to Windsor-Essex.

To recognize a decade’s worth of collaborative accomplishments, WE LIP hosted the 2019 Annual Community Forum and 10 Year Celebration on February 19, 2019 at the University of Windsor’s Windsor Hall. Over 90 WE LIP Council and community members were in attendance to hear remarks from speakers.

To view this full story and access previous WE LIP success stories, please visit the WE LIP Web Page:

WE LIP Web Page

WE Value Update: 

In February, the WE Value team:

  • Attended three separate events with the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, The Honourable Ahmed Hussen;
  • Presented to Marie Mota-Lee, Senior Policy Analyst, Settlement and Integration Policy with IRCC;
  • Was interviewed by Marco Campana from Cities of Migration.

Work on the Client Management System, a Visionary Settlement Plan, and an ethics review submission, are all underway and the team could not be more excited to progress further into March.

Pictured: The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, The Hon. Ahmed Hussen, with WE Value Steering Committee member Anneke Smit, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Windsor.

WE Value Webpage

Monthly Job Demand Report: February 2019

We released the Job Demand Report for February, examining a total of 2,552 job postings from 9 local municipalities:

  • The Top Occupation by Job Posting was: Transport Truck Driver
    • 95 Job Postings.
  • The top Sector hiring this month was: Hospitality / Services
  • 86% off all job postings were for full time positions, and 91% were permanent positions

Get the full info-graphic report below, including more information on in-demand skills and top occupations.

Job Demand Report

February 2018 Labour Force Survey Release:

Each month we release information gathered from our Labour Force Survey and Statistics Canada about the local labour force:

  • The employment rate increased to 58.8%
  • The labour force increased by 2200
  • The participation rate 0.7%

View the full info graphic report below, including more on employment in the region:

Labour Force Survey

In Case You Missed It

Mapping Tool Launch- WEmap jobs
As part of our WEmap LMI project, we have launched a new and improved mapping tool called WEmap jobs that makes the process of finding your next job, planning your commute, or accessing employment related services in Windsor-Essex easier than ever.

WEmap jobs Page

Gordie Howe International Bridge Job Opportunities

Follow along on our website for updates and job postings related to Gordie Howe International Bridge Job Opportunities

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Bridge Jobs Page

Facebook Group for Windsor-Essex Women in Skilled Trades. This group is designed to give Women in Windsor-Essex who are working in the trades, or looking to start a career in the trades, a supportive community.

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Our last quarterly survey has been released:
View the full results on our website!




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