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About The Workforce Planning Board


The Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin (WPB) leads local workforce development by identifying local labour market needs/trends/priorities and working with the community to develop action plans to address these issues.

In operation since 1997, acts as a facilitator of local labour market planning. The labour market planning process includes research on current labour market conditions, community and industry consultations, review and discussion of research findings, establishing priorities for labour market development and engaging partners in initiating action plans that respond to priorities of mutual interest. We are your local labour market experts. 

Who Do We Serve?

WPB is one of 26 local boards across the province of Ontario, made up of representatives from business, labour, educators, trainers, and community representatives/equity groups. WPB serves as a neutral broker of research, disseminator of information, and facilitator of collaborative partnership development.

WPB is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development to conduct and distribute local labour market research and engage community stakeholders in the planning process.

WPB covers Waterloo Region, Wellington County and Dufferin County consisting of the communities of Cambridge, Waterloo, Kitchener, Guelph, Centre Wellington, North Wellington, North Dumfries, Wellesley, Woolwich, Wilmot, Minto, Mapleton, Erin, Guelph/Eramosa, Puslinch, Orangeville, Mono, Melancthon, East Luther, Amaranth and Mulmur and Shelburne.

Our Mission

To engage partners to find solutions to local workforce development needs.

Why Work With Us?

In 2017, WPB celebrated 20 years of service to our communities and during that time we have partnered with over 150 businesses and organizations to address local workforce development opportunities and challenges. We are a neutral, community-based source of labour market information.

Staff

Meet Our Staff


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Executive Director
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Project Officer
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Project Officer
Email Nathan


Board of Directors

Meet Our Board of Directors

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Manufacturing
Chair

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Human Resources
(Vice-Chair)

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Education/Training
(Treasurer)

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Immigration
(Secretary)

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Food Processing


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Education/Training


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Melissa Turner
Education/Training


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Health Care


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Agriculture/Rural


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Dufferin


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Manufacturing




Partners

Partner List since 1997


A. O. Smith

Naylor-McLeod Group Ltd

Aberfoyle Metal Treaters

New Canadian Program

Access to Professions & Trades - Ministry of Citizenship & Immigration

Niagara Workforce Planning Board

AgCareers.com

Ontario Agri-Food Education Inc.

Agilec

Ontario College of Trades

Agricultural Management Institute

Ontario Co-operative Association

AIESEC Laurier

Ontario Drive & Gear Limited

Anishnabeg Outreach

Ontario Institute of Agrologists

Apprenticeship Office - Waterloo

Ontario March of Dimes

Association for Manufacturing Excellence

Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Avon Maitland District School Board

Ontario Pork Industry Council

BioTalent Canada

Ontario Trillium Foundation

Business & Education Partnership of Waterloo Region

Opportunities Waterloo Region

Cambridge Career Connections

Orangeville & Area Small Business Enterprise Centre

Cambridge Memorial Hospital

Orangeville Economic Development

Cambridge-North Dumfries Employment Facilitation Network

Our Place Youth Centre

Canada's Technology Triangle

Plastiflex
Canadian Automotive Training Institute

Project Read
Canadian General Tower Limited

Randstad
Canadian Hearing Society

Region of Waterloo Forward Community
Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters

Infrastructure Group
Canadian Mental Health Association

Region of Waterloo Public Health
Canadian National Institute for the Blind

Regional Municipality of Waterloo
Career Education Council

REM Web Solutions
Centre for Excellence in Financial Services
RESOURCEFUL
Certified Management Accountants Ontario
Röchling Engineered Plastics
Chamber of Commerce - Cambridge

Rural Ontario Institute
Chamber of Commerce - Greater Dufferin Area

Sarnia Lambton Workforce Development Board
Chamber of Commerce - Guelph

Scott's Directory
Chamber of Commerce - Kitchener Waterloo

Second Chance Employment Counselling
Chamber of Commerce - Mount Forest

Service Canada
Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Service Canada - Cambridge
City of Cambridge

Service Canada - Guelph
City of Guelph

Service Canada - Kitchener
City of Kitchener

Service Canada - Stratford
City of Waterloo

Skills Canada - Ontario
Communitech Technology Association

SkillsInternational.ca
Community Employment Services
Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries
Community Futures Development Corporation

Social Planning Council of Kitchener Waterloo
Community Living Guelph Wellington

Social Purchasing Portal
Conestoga Career Centre

Solution Tech Systems Inc.
Conestoga College

St. Mary's Hospital
Conseil Scolaire Catholique Providence

Stack a Shelf
County of Dufferin

The Canadian Hearing Society
County of Wellington

The Working Centre
District Health Unit - Waterloo

Torchlight Services
District Health Unit - Wellington

Town of Erin
Dolphin Digital Technologies Inc

Town of Minto
Dufferin Board of Trade

Town of Orangeville
Dufferin County Manufacturers Association
Township of Centre Wellington
Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium

Township of Mapleton
Farm Start

Township of Wellington North
Four County Labour Market Planning Board

Township of Woolwich
Georgian College

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada
Government of Canada New Horizons Program

Tri-County Truck Driving School
Grand Erie Training and Adjustment Board

United Food & Commercial Workers - Clifford Evans
Grand River Foods

Training Centre
Guelph Career Education Council

United Way - Cambridge
Grand Valley Construction Association

Niagara Area Aboriginal Management Board
Guelph District Labour Council

United Way - Kitchener/Waterloo
Guelph Inclusiveness Alliance
University of Waterloo
Guelph Wellington Local Immigration Partnership

University of Guelph
Guelph Wellington Small Business Enterprise Centr

Upper Grand District School Board
Health Care Human Resources Committee of Waterloo Wellington

Waterloo and District Labour Council
Holiday Inn - Kitchener

Waterloo Catholic District School Board
Human Systems Incorporated

Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation
Humber College

Waterloo Region District School Board
Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region

Waterloo Region Immigrant Employment Network
Job Connect - Conestoga College, Guelph

Waterloo Region Immigration Partnership
Job Connect - Conestoga College, Kitchener

Waterloo Region Record
John Howard Society

Waterloo Wellington Adjustment Committee Network
Junior Achievement of Kitchener Waterloo

Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network
Kuntz Electroplating Inc. (KEI)

Waterloo-Wellington-Dufferin & Grey Building & Construction Trades Council
Labour Education Program of Waterloo Region

Wellington Catholic District School Board
Lutherwood

Wellington Waterloo Community Features Development Corporation
McDonald Green

Wilfrid Laurier University
Manufacturing Innovation Network

Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Workforce Planning Hamilton
Ministry of Community and Social Services

Workforce Planning Ontario
Ministry of Economic Development and Growth

Xogen Industries

YMCAs of Cambridge and Kitchener-Waterloo




Workforce Development Committees

Workforce Development Committees

Workforce Development Committees have currently been established for the City of Guelph, Dufferin County and Wellington County.   These committees are partnerships between the Workforce Planning Board and each of the municipalities and were established to provide a conduit for information sharing with key stakeholders involved in workforce development. The make up of each committee is unique and representative of its community. 

Guelph's Workforce Development Committee: 

Mission:  To align the supply and demand to meet the current and future needs of Guelph’s labour market.  

Mandate: To bring together evidenced-based information and data to build a collaborative workforce planning process that influences all decision makers, builds the capacity for future growth and sustainability in Guelph and encourages a healthy community.

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Dufferin's Workforce Development Committee:

Mission:  To improve the local labour market through enhanced collection and distribution of labour market information and community engagement.

Mandate: To create a more formalized network for information gathering and sharing related to workforce challenges and opportunities in Dufferin County. 

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Wellington's Workforce Development Committee:

Mission:  To improve the livelihood of our community by ensuring we have the right people for the right jobs.

Mandate: To create a more formalized network for information gathering and sharing related to workforce challenges and opportunities in Wellington County and to raise the profile of the importance of the local workforce in Wellington based on a common evidenced-based understanding.

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À Propos De Nous

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Le Conseil de planification de la main-d'œuvre de Waterloo Wellington Dufferin (GTPP) dirige le développement de la main-d'œuvre locale en identifiant les besoins / tendances / priorités du marché du travail local et en travaillant avec la communauté pour élaborer des plans d'action.

WPB est l'un des 26 conseils locaux à travers la province de l'Ontario, composé de représentants d'entreprises, de syndicats, d'éducateurs, de formateurs et de représentants communautaires / groupes d'équité. WPB sert de courtier neutre de la recherche, diffuseur de l'information, et facilitateur de développement de partenariat de collaboration.

WPB est financé par le ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur et du Développement des compétences de l'Ontario pour mener et diffuser des recherches sur le marché du travail local et faire participer les intervenants communautaires au processus de planification.

WPB couvre la région de Waterloo, le comté de Wellington et le comté de Dufferin, comprenant les collectivités suivantes: Cambridge, Waterloo, Kitchener, Guelph, Centre Wellington, North Wellington, North Dumfries, Wellesley, Woolwich, Wilmot, Minto, Mapleton, Erin, Guelph / Eramosa, Puslinch, Orangeville, Mono, Melancthon, Luther Est, Amaranth et Mulmur et Shelburne.

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