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Find out details on the over 86,000 businesses in Waterloo Wellington Dufferin. The Business Count Information for June 2018 to December 2018 has been released.

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Imminent changes are occurring as part of the Employment Services Transformation being implemented by the Government of Ontario over the next year. How will this potentially impact the structure and function of the Workforce Planning Board and the work that we do? At our upcoming AGM there will be a brief presentation on how we envision these changes rolling out and the opportunities they may offer us to further support our communities.

Monday, June 3, 2019
4:30 to 6:30 PM

4.30-5.00pm AGM
5.00-6.30 Reception
5.15pm Formal Presentation

Grand Innovations
96 Grand Avenue S, Cambridge, Ontario

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If you're a female entrepreneur in Guelph/Wellington who is looking to scale up on your business you can fill out a Rhyze Award application now.

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Information for former Erwin Hymer employees

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We now have a dedicated page with information for former employees of the Erwin Hymer facilities in Kitchener and Cambridge

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Carol Simpson, Executive Director of the Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin, joined Matt Carty from CJOY in Guelph recently. The topic of conversation was the low unemployment rate in Guelph. The city has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country and historical data from Statistics Canada dating back to March 2001 shows Guelph’s unemployment rate has never been lower.

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A newly released document featuring programs & supports for newly arrived immigrant entrepreneurs is now available on the Workforce Planning Board website. This environmental scan captures programs and services in place exclusively targeting newly arrived Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Entrepreneur Stream immigrants with regard to starting a business or purchasing an existing business (i.e. business succession in Canada).

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Findings from our recent Manufacturing Quits Study show that job seekers were looking for options in employment including the option to work part-time. This study consulted manufacturing employees, employers and people who had recently left manufacturing jobs.

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In the 2018 Federal Budget, the Government of Canada announced a new Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women to further support women in entering, progressing, and completing their training in Red Seal trades where women are underrepresented. The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women (AIG-W) is a taxable cash grant of $3,000 per year/level (or equivalent) up to a maximum amount of $6,000 per person.

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The Workforce Planning Board's 2018 EmployerOne Construction Industry Insights show that 74% of construction employers had difficulty hiring in the past 12 months. The top reason given for this difficulty was "Not Enough Applicants". This is an indication of the workforce shortage in the construction sector.

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Tourism SkillsNet Ontario is a new provincial industry-led workforce development initiative focused on workforce planning, partnership building, talent pool development and skills training for the Tourism, Hospitality and Food Service sectors. This initiative is led by the Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC) with key industry partners such as the Ontario Restaurant Hotel Motel Association (ORHMA), Restaurants Canada, Magnet, ALiGN, the Discover Ability Network and a host of regional partners.

Over the past four years, the Regional Tourism Office of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport for Huron Perth Waterloo and Wellington, RTO4, has been working on Tourism workforce development. With multiple stakeholders and key players in the hospitality industry in Waterloo Region, they have identified tourism employment priorities and developed a tailored solution to address the specific needs of industry partners in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge.

"Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin is pleased to be a partner on this project. We have been working with RTO4 on developing and implementing local workforce development strategies for the past several years and are pleased that funding has been secured to move this project forward" said Workforce Planning Board Executive Director Carol Simpson.

See the attached PDF press release for the full story.

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