In order to meet the goals of the LEPC pilot project we have worked with our community partners and Central Planning Table to develop initiatives that will increase the availability of local labour market information; to assist employers in developing their workforce, aid post-secondary institutes in planning programming to meet the needs of the labour market and coordinating and integrating Employment Ontario and Non-Employment Ontario employment and training service providers to efficiently meet the diverse needs of employers and job seekers.

For more information regarding the projects please contact the Project Coordinator at 346-2942 or

Celebrating and Advancing the Initiatives of the Local Employment Planning Council

Thank you to those that joined us on June 12th, 2017 in acknowledging the past, present and future efforts of community partners who have worked alongside and supported the LEPC and its initiatives. The purpose of this event was to demonstrate how the ongoing efforts of the LEPC contribute to workforce development on a larger scale including at the local, regional, provincial and federal levels.

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EmployerOne Marketing for Increased Participation Strategy

The EmployerOne Survey is a comprehensive survey of local employers designed to collect information annually on a range of human resource issues: labour turnover, hard-to-fill positions, recruitment difficulties, and current and future skill shortages. The results from the survey are utilized to target and improve services at the local, regional and provincial levels.

The 2017 EmployerOne Survey is now live and waiting for all Employers to participate.

Click here for the 2017 EmployerOne Survey View the 2016 EmployerOne Survey Infographic View the 2016 EmployerOne Survey Report

Labour Market Information

A key component of the Local Employment Planning Council (LEPC) pilot is to increase the availability of local labour market information and to encourage employers and organizations to utilize the data to create evidence based decision practices. To this end, the NSWPB and Northern Policy Institute are partnering through the LEPC on multiple projects.

Working with the The Far Northeast Training Board, the Local Employment Planning Council covering the Far Northeast region, we have employed a data analyst to create community level labour market reports and to work with communities to put this new information to work. Data collected by the LEPC will also be made available as part of a regional labour market plan and through an online portal. Ensuring our community has as much information as possible about labour demand and supply before making decisions for your future.

Community Labour Market Report Series (CLMRs)

Consultations with community members, employers, service providers and job seekers have highlighted the need for greater access to labour market information at the local level.

To address this concern, the LEPC has collected and compiled local labour market information to produce Community Labour Market Reports for all 35 communities within the LEPC district. The CLMRs will provide information on labour supply and demand for communities and support evidence-based decision making.

For Communities, community members, employers, service providers and Job Seekers that have utilized the Community Labour Market Reports, we welcome your feedback on these reports. Click on the "Survey" link to provide us with feedback.

View Our Reports CLMR Utilization Survey

I Spy With My LMI - Labour Market Information Workshop

Information workshops will be provided across the LEPC district to provide community members with a better understanding of how labour market information and data can be accessed and used to inform policy decisions. This interactive half day workshop will provide participants with a hands on opportunity to learn how and where to access local data, and demonstrate how data can be used to inform decision making. If you are interested in participating in one of our upcoming workshops, please fill out the information below!

Baakaakonaanan Ishkwaandemonan - Opening Doors For You

Through community consultation and discussions with partner organizations, the need to develop strategies to promote the benefits of hiring Indigenous and Newcomers to local employers was identified. The Baakaakonaanon Ishkwaandemonan (bah-kah-ko-nah-nun ishkwahn-deh-monun) project is focused on identifying current best practices and promoting existing resources available to support hiring Indigenous workers and Newcomers. Our team is committed to helping employers identify and access the knowledge and supports they need to make inclusive hiring choices.

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The LEPC/CLPE in partnership with local industry, unions, businesses and education facilities recognizes that there are unique issues that are facing apprenticeships in Northern Ontario. Through research and consultation, the LEPC/CPLE has moved forward with several initiatives including the creation of an apprenticeship consortium guide, a trades report, and a marketing campaign to promote apprenticeship as a viable career option for young people.

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Consortium Guide

The Maximizing Apprenticeship Opportunities Report indicates that small and medium-size employers have difficulty recruiting and developing apprentices.The report recommends that a consortium model be piloted in order to address the challenges of small and medium-size employers. In response to this recommendation. the LEPC is developing a guide that outlines the implementation strategy for an apprenticeship consortium model for the LEPC region.

The guide will increase awareness of the consortium model (the organized sharing of apprentices) for apprenticeship and its benefits for small and medium-size employers.

View the Apprenticeship Consortium Implementation Strategy Guide

Trades Report

Using regional data from the Ontario College of Trades, the LEPC and Kallio Consulting will be producing a report that outlines successful apprenticeships and trades certification in the region. This report will allow community members and service providers to have a better understanding of the current landscape in the trades sector.

Apprenticeship Promotion

Attitudes are changing in relation to the trades as a career but this is not translating into active promotion of the trades as a career choice for young people among parents, educators and peers. Encouraging parents and educators to become advocates for the trades offers an opportunity to enhance labour market efficiency in the region. In response to this challenge, the LEPC is conducting a marketing campaign to promote parental awareness and comfort with the trades and apprenticeships as a viable career and post-secondary education option for young people.

View the campaign:

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Boundary Map

Northern Policy Institute (NPI) and North Superior Workforce Planning Board (NSWPB)– Your Local Employment Planning Council (LEPC) have launched a new interactive GIS tool that allows users to explore the many community, administrative and service provider boundaries in the northern regions of Ontario.

The Northern Ontario Boundary Map is loaded with all kinds of features for users, including the ability to see multiple administrative boundaries at once, obtain information on various organizations, use snippets of the map for papers and print, and share the map on social media.

“When LEPC raised the idea of a boundary map for the NSWPB/Thunder Bay region, we thought it was information all of the northern regions would benefit from, and were excited to partner on the initiative with them,” said Charles Cirtwill, President & CEO, Northern Policy Institute. “As a standing open invitation, we encourage those who have comments on what should be added to the map to contact us, so we can continue to improve the tool.”

The map includes the following boundaries:

  • Anishinabek Employment & Training Services (ASETA)
  • Census Districts
  • Census Subdivisions (communities)
  • Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs)
  • District Social Services Administration Boards (DSSABs)
  • Economic Regions
  • Federal Districts
  • First Nations Treaties
  • Local Service Boards
  • Métis Nation of Ontario Regions
  • Provincial Electoral District
  • Service Providers
  • Tribal Councils
  • Workforce Planning Boards
Boundary Map User Guide Interactive Boundary Map

Employer Resource Link

A single point of access for Employers on a wide variety of topics such as employment regulations, training supports, apprenticeship, business development and much more.

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Research Projects

Inter-census Estimation Tool

The Census is an excellent source of labour market information at the community level, but only occurs every five years. A common message we heard in our discussions with community members was that it would be valuable to have access to Census measures on a more frequent basis.

The goal of this initiative is to develop a tool that will allow community level census indicators to be estimated in years where a census is not performed. Overall, the inter-census estimation tool will allow the LEPC and other partners to estimate community level labour market indicators including employment, unemployment and labour market participation for the general population as well as for larger sub groups including the indigenous and francophone populations.

Increasing Indigenous Participation in the Labour Market

According to Statistics Canada (2011 data), the employment rate for the Indigenous working age population is 63%, lower than the rate for Non- Indigenous individuals (76%). The unemployment rate for the working age Indigenous population is more than twice the rate for other Canadians of the same age (13% versus 6%).

Finding innovative solutions to enhance Indigenous participation in the labour market is imperative. In order to obtain different perspectives and approaches to this labour market issue the LEPC issued a request for proposals for an applied research project to explore proactive ways to support residents of remote communities who wish to connect to the broader regional labour market.

Demographic Dependency Ratio

Statistics Canada reports that the LEPC region is seeing a decline in the working age population. Discussions with employers and policy makers across the region identified the need for better and more current information to help clarify and target responses to this challenge. The LEPC will create a report on key measures relating to the decline in the working age population. The goal is to provide better and more current (and more locally relevant) information regarding the decline in the working age population to community members and decision makers.

Regional Human Resource Strategy

The Regional HR Strategy is a collaborative venture of the North Superior Workforce Planning Board (NSWPB) Local Employment Planning Council. The purpose of the Regional HR Strategy is to mobilize current and emerging knowledge of the workforce to better align labour supply with labour demand and become a significant driver of economic growth and enhanced well-being in this region. There are 2 current projects of the Regional Human Resource Strategy Committee:

Knowledge Network:

Through a process of building trust and collaboration, the North Superior Workforce Planning Board (NSWPB) will nurture the formation of a knowledge network of people and organizations who are stakeholders in labour supply.

Mapping the Labour Supply as a Social Network:

The goal of this project is to develop the capacity to map or visualize the labour supply as a dynamic system using social network visualization and analysis tools.

Career Link Integrated Calendar

The NSWPB, LEPC worked together with community partners to develop a community based information tool that service providers in the Thunder Bay district can access to determine what services, events and training opportunities are available for clients. The online calendar is a hub that gathers all information and resources that will enhance capacity to provide information and referral services throughout the LEPC.

View - Career Link Integrated Calendar

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

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