Volume 4: Issue 2. April 28, 2023

Leaders in Workforce Development

Hamilton's Labour Market Connection

Labour Market Updates, News & Community Info

This Week:

The Latest from WPH: Register for the EmployerOne 2023 Results Presentation, National Day of Mourning, Administrative Professionals Day, EmployerOne 2023 Report Now Available, WPH's 2023 Local Labour Market Plan Launched, March 2023 Labour Market Snapshot

Who's Hiring in Hamilton: YWCA Hamilton, YMCA HBB, The City of Hamilton

Community Updates: YWCA: Pre-Apprenticeship Program, Try College for Free: Spring 2023, Goodwill: May 2023 Workshops & Calendar, Connection Through Art: Memoir Writing, Senior Of The Year Awards

News: Career development for green careers, 3 reports that caught our attention the week of April 23, 2023

Register for the EmployerOne 2023 Results Presentation!

The results are in! This year WPH partnered again with the City of Hamilton’s Economic Development office to develop and administer the survey. Hamilton employers – whether small, medium, or large businesses/organizations – shared their hiring experiences, business outlooks, and concerns and priorities going into the new year. This survey provides an essential update on how local employers were faring in 2023’s labour market.

Register Now!


The Latest From WPH

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National Day of Mourning


The National Day of Mourning is not only a day to remember and honour those lives lost or injured due to a workplace tragedy, but also a day to collectively renew our commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace and prevent further injuries, illnesses and deaths.

How to support

Traditionally on April 28th the Canadian flag has flown at half-mast on Parliament Hill and on all federal government buildings. Employers and workers have observed Day of Mourning in a variety of ways over the years. Some have lit candles, laid wreaths, worn commemorative pins, ribbons or black armbands, and paused for a moment of silence.

We encourage organizations, employees, communities, and individuals to hold or support an event, or to simply observe a moment of silence at 11:00 am on April 28. Consider sharing or playing our moment of silence video in your workplace to honour those who have died or suffered injury or illness due to a work-related tragedy.

Employers and individuals can also show their support and commitment to a safe workplace by promoting the social media cards and messages provided on this page. By sharing these messages, you are reminding more people to put health and safety at the forefront of their work and helping to prevent further work-related injuries and loss of life.

Beyond the statistics

According to the Association of Workers' Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC), in 2021, there were 1,081 workplace fatalities recorded in Canada, 1,009 of which were male workers, and 72 were female workers. Among these deaths were 18 young workers aged 15-24.

Add to these fatalities the 277,217 accepted claims (an increase of 23,820 from the previous year) for lost time due to a work-related injury or disease, including 34,548 from workers aged 15-24, and the fact that these statistics only include what is reported and accepted by the compensation boards, there is no doubt that the total number of workers impacted is even greater.

And it’s not just these numbers on which we need to reflect. With each worker tragedy there are loved ones, family members, friends and co-workers who are directly affected, left behind, and deeply impacted – their lives also forever changed.


In 1991, eight years after the day of remembrance was launched by the Canadian Labour Congress, the Parliament of Canada passed the Workers Mourning Day Act making April 28 an official Day of Mourning. Today the Day of Mourning has since spread to more than 100 countries around the world and is recognized as Workers’ Memorial Day, and as International Workers' Memorial Day by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).

It is the hope of CCOHS that the annual observance of this day will help strengthen the resolve to establish safe and healthy conditions in the workplace, and prevent further injuries, illnesses, and deaths. As much as this is a day to remember those who have lost their lives, it is also a call to protect the living and make work a place where people are safe and can thrive.

Administrative Professionals Day

Administrative Professionals Day (also known as Secretaries Day or Admin Day) is a day observed yearly in a small number of countries. The day recognizes the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, executive assistants, personal assistants, receptionists, client services representatives, and other administrative support professionals.

Thanks for all your hard work Michelle!

EmployerOne 2023 Report Now Available!

The results are in! Over a thousand Hamilton employers have participated and Workforce Planning Hamilton has provided an update on how employers are faring in early 2023.

Survey results from this year’s Employer One indicate that many employers were better off, with 46% reporting a good short-term business outlook and stable growth. Additionally, half of the surveyed employers noted an increase in their business revenue.

Despite increases to the federal minimum wage, 63% of employers stated that it did not significantly impact their business, with a noteworthy 58% of employers self-identified as Living Wage employers. The survey also captured the top priorities and concerns of employers in 2023.

Read more here!


WPH's 2023 Local Labour Market Plan Launched

We have launched our Local Labour Market Plan report to provide a much-needed update on Hamilton’s labour market. The report was a collaborative effort between employers, employment service providers and community stakeholders and highlights community priorities and challenges. Overall, 2022 was a tumultuous year for Hamilton, faced by record-low unemployment, high inflation, and labour shortages in various sectors.

Click below to read the Local Labour Market Plan report:

LLMP English Version

LLMP French Version

March 2023 Labour Market Snapshot

The snapshot for March's labour market information has been released. WPH’s monthly snapshots offer an insight into the latest labour market trends for each month. The reports highlight economic trends and employment statistics for Ontario and the Hamilton region. Indicators are sourced from Statistic Canada’s most up-to-date Labour Force Survey data each month. Pages 3-4 use data on seasonally adjusted three-month moving averages, fluctuations in numbers snapshot-by-snapshot may occur.

Click here to read the March snapshot.

Who's Hiring In Hamilton?

Click here for WPH's Job Board

YWCA Hamilton is hiring for a Residential Support Worker.

Click here to view job posting!

YMCA HBB is hiring for a Canoe Instructor - Day Camp

Click here to view job posting!

The City of Hamilton is hiring a Heavy Equipment Operator.

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#HamOnt Community Updates

Find out what's happening in our community

YWCA: Pre-Apprenticeship Program

YWCA Hamilton is pleased to offer Pre-Apprenticeship programs for Women and Gender Diverse People in Trades at no-cost, providing participants with technical training and job coaching to start their career in the skilled trades.

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Try College for Free: Spring 2023

You can see the complete list of courses on our webpage at www.mohawkcollege.ca/trycollegeforfree


I also wanted to make you aware of upcoming online information sessions so if you have anyone interested, please have them register for an information session to learn more. Information sessions will be held on:


Monday, April 24 at 6 pm


Tuesday, April 25 at 10 am


Wednesday, April 26 at 1:30 pm


Please click on the date and time that works best for you to register.

Goodwill: May 2023 Workshops & Calendar

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Connection Through Art: Memoir Writing

I would like to take this time to invite your female identifying, 2SLGBTQIA+ and non binary Newcomer clients to this wonderful workshop series starting in May. 

It focuses on telling Newcomer stories through the art of memoir writing. It will be led by local, award-winning author Anne Bokma. Anne runs the '6- Minute Memoir' writing workshop with many local groups and organizations.

Please see the poster below and attached for more information and how to register. All those 18+ in age can join. Newcomer Senior's welcome!

Senior Of The Year Awards

It’s that time of year again! The 28th Annual Senior of the Year Awards Nominations are Now Open! Nominations can be submitted online at www.hamilton.ca/seniorsawards

The deadline for nominations is June 30, 2023


Please feel free to contact me at Lisa.Maychak@hamilton.ca if you have any questions.

What's in the News?

Career development for green careers

The theme for Earth Day 2022 is “Invest In Our Planet. What Will You Do?” The climate crisis can feel overwhelming and many people struggle with eco-anxiety. Some people find it empowering to channel those feelings into action, with one avenue being tackling environmental challenges through one’s career.

Opportunities in this area are increasing. A report by ECO Canada expects environmental employment to rise by 8% in the next decade, resulting in 50,100 new jobs needing to be filled. Here are resources to help jobseekers pursuing a green career.

Types of green jobs

18 Environmental Science Jobs to Explore (With Salaries) (Indeed)

Environmental science is an area of interest for many industries and governmental organizations. This article explores jobs for those with an environmental degree.

Environmental Career Profiles (Eco Canada)

An inventory of nearly 130 environmental careers gives a snapshot of the profession, including job duties, work environment, educational requirements and related careers.

Read more here!

3 reports that caught our attention the week of April 23, 2023

But is it a good job? Understanding employment precarity in BC (CCPA)

Survey reveals a polarized labour market in which precarious work is far more pervasive than many assume and includes much more than “gig work.” It also shows that the burden of precarious work falls more heavily on racialized and immigrant communities, Indigenous peoples, women and lower-income groups.

A progress report on Indigenous education in Ontario’s publicly funded schools (People for Education)

This report shows that publicly funded schools in Ontario have made significant progress toward Indigenous education over the past decade but still have a long way to go to fulfill the education-related Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The impact of AI on the workplace: Main findings from the OECD AI surveys of employers and workers (OECD)

New OECD surveys of employers and workers in the manufacturing and finance sectors of seven countries shed new light on the impact that Artificial Intelligence has on the workplace —an under-researched area to date due to lack of data. The findings suggest that both workers and their employers are generally very positive about the impact of AI on performance and working conditions. However, there are also concerns, including about job loss.

Read more here!

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