Vol 2, Issue 3, February 17 2023

Hamilton's Labour Market Connection

Your Weekly Updates & News From WPH!

In this Week's Edition:

Hamilton's Labour Force Information January 2023, Black History Month, 8 Days until EmployerOne Deadline, EmployerOne Completion Badge, Connect To Careers Conference 2023, Hiring In Hamilton, Happening in the Community: (HIPC Annual Event, Hamilton Bilingual Job Fair, International Women's Day, St. Charles ESL Classes, New Mothers' Support Services, A Night of Networking & Mindfulness, ABEA: Better Jobs Ontario) and News: "Resources to help you advance anti-racism in the workplace" and "3 reports that caught our eye the week of Feb. 12, 2023"

Labour Force January 2023

Review Hamilton's Labour Force Information for January 2023

Review Hamilton's Annual Labour Force Stats for 2022

Black History Month

February is Black History Month

Every February, people across Canada participate in Black History Month events and festivities that honour the legacy of Black people in Canada and their communities.

The 2023 theme for Black History Month is: “Ours to tell”. This theme represents both an opportunity to engage in open dialogue and a commitment to learning more about the stories Black communities in Canada have to tell about their histories, successes, sacrifices and triumphs.

No matter where you live, we invite all Canadians to learn more about these communities, and how they continue to help shape Canadian history.

8 Days until EmployerOne Deadline


Share your businesses success & overall thoughts using Hamilton's EmployerOne Survey

The Deadline has been extended to Friday, February 24th 2023


*Employers who complete the survey have the chance to be entered into a draw to win a booth at the upcoming 'Connect to Careers' conference (valued at over $700)

EmployerOne Completion Badge!

Employers (for-profit business, not-for-profit business, or registered charity) completing the 2023 EmployerOne survey will provide Workforce Planning Hamilton and the City of Hamilton with critical and timely data on business and workforce needs in Hamilton. Every organization that completes this survey is demonstrating their commitment to charting an evidence-based course for our future.

Upon completion of the EmployerOne survey, you can proudly display this badge to showcase your support in providing such critical data on the workforce needs of Hamilton businesses.

Connect To Careers Conference 2023

Connect to Careers is the best way to find and recruit new talent — presented in partnership by McMaster University, Mohawk College, Redeemer University and Workforce Planning Hamilton.

With years of experience hosting successful job fairs, we can help you meet your recruitment goals and hire qualified candidates for your open positions. Attend Connect to Careers to meet with a diverse audience of motivated students, recent grads and community members. Returning to FirstOntario Centre this year, this in-person event provides an easy, effective way to network and make connections.

We're pleased to announce that we’re partnering with the McMaster University Nursing Student Society (MUNSS), a student body of BSCN students from all sites (McMaster, Mohawk, Conestoga) and all streams (Basic, Accelerated, RPN-BScN). Nursing graduates and current students from all three sites of the collaborative program, Mohawk and Conestoga RPN students will be attending the fair.

Why participate?


• Connect with qualified job seekers.

• Recruit for full-time, part-time, summer and co-op positions.

• Leverage your time and effort and reduce recruitment costs.

• Meet face to face with more than 2,000 students and alumni from three top Hamilton institutions, as well as job seekers from the Hamilton community.

$650 per employer booth (sponsorship packages are available)

If you are part of a not-for-profit organization with fewer than 20 employees, you can register at the reduced fee of $350 (CAD) plus HST.  

Register here!

Who's Hiring In Hamilton?

View WPH Job Board to explore more!

March of Dimes Canada is hiring a Personal Support Worker.

Click here to view job posting!

Seniors for Seniors is hiring an Overnight Companion.

Click here to view job posting!

YMCA Hamilton is currently seeking a Tenant Support Coordinator.

Click here to view job posting!

Happening In The Community!

HIPC Annual Event

HIPC invites you to its annual event on March 9, 2023! If you’re able to join us, we would love to see you there. 


Our annual event is an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of HIPC over the past year and will be held in person in downtown Hamilton. Along with celebrating some big immigration achievements this year, it is also an opportunity to network with community members. Lunch and drinks will be provided. 


The HIPC team will also be launching the second edition of our Stories of Migration and Belonging exhibit with Hamilton Civic Museum at this event. 


Registration is required. Feel free to invite any colleagues or friends who may be interested in immigration in our city to attend as well. Details are below.


Thursday, March 9, 2023 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM at David Braley Health Sciences Centre 

(McMaster University 100 Main Street West Hamilton, ON L8P 1H6)


RSVP to attend: 


Hamilton Bilingual Job Fair

Your highway to employment could start here!

Mark your calendars in golden letters: the first edition of the Hamilton Bilingual Job Fair will take place on March 28, 2023, at the Homewood Suites by Hilton, located at 40 Bay St South.

Are you an organization looking for rare pearls to strengthen your teams?

Are you a French-speaking newcomer looking for employment or professional orientation opportunities? Don't be fooled, this event is for you!

Here is a list of employers who have already confirmed their participation; The Hamilton Police, the Correctional Service Canada, the Caisse Desjardins, the City of Hamilton, Bank TD, Amazon, Bevertec, and more to come.

On the agenda:

i)                 Face-to-face meetings between employers and Francophone newcomer candidates;

ii)                Individual meetings with employers and/or pre-interviews;

iii)              Workshops on how to prepare for an interview.

Join now for free! Click here

International Women's Day

Attached is the flyer for International Women’s Day 2023 event! It will be an in-person event on March 8th. Please post it and pass it around.

St. Charles ESL Classes

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English for Everyday Living

ESL - Healthcare & Pre-PSW Class

Introduction to Child & Youth Work Programs

ESL - Job Readiness

We at St. Charles, wanted to let you all know of 4 great new classes we will be offering starting April 3rd

  • ESL - Pre PSW and HealthCare
  • ESL- English for Everyday Living 
  • ESL – Introduction to Child and Youth Programs 
  • ESL- Job Readiness

New Mothers' Support Services

A Night of Networking & Mindfulness

As a Mindfulness Hamilton Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee member, I am thrilled to invite you for A Night of Networking and Mindfulness, on Thursday, March 2, 2023, from 6pm to 8pm. This event is FREE; please register using the barcode on the attachment or the link below. We will have breakout sessions, guided meditations, and an opportunity to mingle and share time as a community. Light refreshments will be provided.


Please feel free to share with your family and networks.



ABEA: Better Jobs Ontario

ABEA will work with you to:

  • find training programs you're interested in 
  • explore the skills you'll need for the training 
  • develop a plan
  • connect with an Employment Service to support you with your application 

Connect with us today!  www.abea.on.ca  pathways@abea.on.ca  


Resources to help you advance anti-racism in the workplace

Recognizing and understanding the impact of systemic racism is crucial to building better workplaces. For career professionals, this recognition and understanding goes a long way to helping clients succeed. Here are resources on breaking barriers.

Advancing the Conversation on Systemic Racism: Self-Assessment (Government of Canada) [Course]

An online course that serves as a self-assessment of participants’ familiarity with and understanding of racism and systemic racism. Participants can use their results to better understand their role in creating meaningful change.

BIASED: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do – Jennifer Eberhardt [Book]

Jennifer Eberhardt is a social psychologist at Stanford University who investigates the consequences of the psychological association between race and crime. Her book is a personal examination of one of the central controversies and culturally powerful issues of our time, and its influence on contemporary race relations and criminal justice.

Read more here!

3 reports that caught our eye the week of Feb. 12, 2023

Labour Force Survey, January 2023 (Statistics Canada)

Employment increased by 150,000 (+0.8%) in January, and the unemployment rate held steady at 5.0%. The unemployment rate trended down for most core-aged racialized population groups in the 12 months to January, but remained higher than the national average for several groups.

Labour Market Outcomes of Immigrant Youth: Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic (LMIC)

This report assesses how immigrant youth are faring in Canada’s labour market and how they have recovered from the pandemic. It finds that key indicators, including labour force participation, employment and wages, were initially lower but have improved post-pandemic and are getting closer to those of Canadian-born youth.

Mapping the Impacts of COVID Disruptions on Postsecondary Access in Ontario in COVID School Year 2 (HEQCO)

Among the findings:

Grade 12 students’ grades increased dramatically during the pandemic

Students with “medium” prior achievements saw the greatest increase in university confirmations

Males, first-generation students, and many racial groups saw improved post-secondary access

Students with Special Education Needs (SEN) experienced greater COVID-19 challenges

Read more here!

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