A tumbling unemployment rate. A looming retirement of baby boomers. The growing demand for workers. The state of precarious employment.

This increased awareness around the enhancement of labour market participation (among all population groups) has grown and our research reveals those numbers. Uncovering clear pathways to further engage employers ensures both job seekers and employers can access benefits from a full array of services.

These touchpoints are the priorities in our 44-page report.

It provides a detailed analysis of labour market statistics, challenges, our learnings and proposed solutions.

Although, workforce development trends typically focuses on labour market issues. It’s worth highlighting in some Peel and Halton communities the shortage of job candidates are tied to real-life difficulties; lack of local affordable housing and efficient public transit.

For that reason, many entry-level jobs are going unfilled.

This is why, workforce development initiatives in Peel Halton, should prioritize the following key recommendations:


Strengthen awareness among employers on the availability of highly skilled immigrants as a critical step to address the skills shortage, as well as, introducing strategies to integrate newcomers into their workplaces.

Advocate short-term training and skills upgrading solutions for those re-engaging in the labour force and those requiring new skills, in the face of technological advancements and increasing skills requirements.


Support the human resource needs of Small-to-Medium Enterprises’, that represent over 95% of all businesses in Peel Halton, enhancing the backbone of our local economy.

Motivate more Peel Halton employers to participate in experiential learning opportunities such as, co-ops and internships that expose youth and new immigrants to required skills in the workplace and to sustainable career pathways.

Expand opportunities for experiential learning and/or short-term training to reduce the reliance on precarious work, especially amongst recent new immigrants and youth graduates.

Facilitate collaboration between the industry and educational institutions to ensure that the educational curriculum supports the development of the skills and competencies needed in a constantly changing workplace.

Contribute to the discussion regarding the need for more affordable local housing options and improving transportation infrastructures to assist local employers who find it difficult to recruit lower-skilled workers.


Inside this report, you’ll find data from Statistics Canada, Census and Labour Force Surveys. Information on rapid population growth & change, the manufacturing job boom, an opportunity for internationally trained professionals, how to locate exceptional talent in less time, and the ‘asking wage‘ for your education, among many more data-rich insights. Most of all, you will identify ways to build a stronger case to advocate for a more evolved workforce.


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