Volume 6: Issue 1. June 09, 2023

Leaders in Workforce Development

Hamilton's Labour Market Connection

Labour Market Updates, News & Community Info

This Week:

The Latest from WPH: Meet WPH's New Summer Employee's, Hamilton Youth Workforce Instagram Contest, Hamilton vs. Canada Newcomer Comparison, WPH is now on TikTok!

Who's Hiring in Hamilton: St. Matthew's House, Mission Services of Hamilton, The City of Hamilton

Community Updates: June is Pride Month, Hamilton Immigrant Survey, Thriving Well by Youthrive & City School, WPH Teams up with YWCA for the Construction Craft Worker Pre-Apprenticeship, OTEC's Accelerated Leadership Training Series, Goodwill Amity: June Workshop Calendar

News: 7 resources exploring Indigenous worldviews and career development, Pride stories: 7 2SLGBTQ+ books for career practitioners

The Latest From WPH

We are Hamilton's leaders in Workforce Development

Meet WPH's New Summer Employee's!

Introducing Shawna Farinango, a multimedia designer who has recently joined our team as a social media assistant for the summer. With a passion for crafting visually stunning experiences, Shawna Farinango hopes to be able to blends artistry and digital expertise to leave a lasting impact.

“Hi, I’m Harry Zhang, and I am the data analyst summer student. Very excited to support the development of my community labour market, and bring out employment opportunities by working with Workforce Planning Hamilton.”

Introducing Bianca Esposto, our new Administrative Assistant. We're excited to have you on board!

Hamilton Youth Workforce Instagram Contest!

WIN THIS SUMMER YOUTH PRIZE from Workforce Planning Hamilton!

A summer bucket with a $20 Indigo gift card, 30 minute 1-on-1 career exploration with WPH Team & Resume review, WPH water bottle & more!

To enter you must:

Follow us on IG @hamiltonyouthworkforce

Like our last post & tag all your friends in the comments

Each comment is 1 entry.

We’ll Announce the winner on Instagram Monday June 12th!

Hamilton vs. Canada Newcomer Comparison

From the 2021 Census of Population, the top country for Newcomers was India at 18.6% for Canada and 15.9% for Hamilton. Check out the infographic to learn more about Newcomers in Hamilton and Canada!

WPH is now on TikTok!

Follow us on TikTok! We will be posting a variety of new content such as Website/Job Board tutorials, Data explanations & Employment Statistics, 'Get-To-Know The Team videos, and more!

Who's Hiring In Hamilton?

Click here for WPH's Job Board

St. Matthew's House is hiring for Supply Staff ECE.

Click here to view job posting!

Mission Services of Hamilton is hiring for a Residential Client Advocate.

Click here to view job posting!

The City of Hamilton is hiring a Manager of Transit Strategic Planning.

Click here to view job posting!

#HamOnt Community Updates

Find out what's happening in our community

June is Pride Month!

LGBT Pride Month is a month in June, dedicated to celebration and commemoration of lesbiangaybisexual, and transgender (LGBTpride.

Happy Pride Month from all of us here at WPH!

Hamilton Immigrant Survey

Complete Immigrant Survey 2023, shape your community and win prizes!


We want to hear from you! We invite you to complete the Immigrant Survey 2023 from May 26 to June 23.


Complete the survey at https://www.research.net/r/ImmigrantSurvey2 and encourage your family, friends, neighbours and co-workers to fill out the survey as well.


Complete the survey in the following languages at https://www.research.net/r/ImmigrantSurvey3

- Arabic 

- Chinese

- Farsi/Dari

- French

- Portuguese 

- Somali

- Spanish

- Ukrainian


What do you need to know about the survey?

The Immigrant Survey is a multilingual survey for immigrants, refugees, claimants, international students, temporary workers and their families to share their experiences of living, working and studying Hamilton.


It is estimated to take 10-20 minutes to complete the survey. It is totally voluntary and anonymous. If you need a paper copy, please feel free to reach out to us at mohammad.araf@hamilton.ca or 905-546-2424 ext. 4359.


What’s in it for you?

By filling out the Immigrant Survey, you can …

  • help us understand the experiences, challenges and contributions of immigrants in our community,
  • share your feedback with organizations and institutions in Hamilton to improve the way they are working with immigrants and refugees,
  • be engaged in a civic process that will make Hamilton a better place to live for everyone,
  • and be entered into a draw for prizes to win a $200 prepaid visa card, one of the (Draw prizes include a $200 prepaid credit card, three $100 gift cards, and ten Tim Horton's gift cards)


Your story counts! Help us build community through immigration!

Thriving Well by Youthrive & City School

Thriving Well will be launching the Summer cohort starting July 4th! Registration has been filling up quickly so if you have Black, Indigenous, and racialized youth who would benefit from this course, feel free to share. I have attached the promotional material, feel free to share this on your social media and with your networks. Here is the direct link to the registration page, Thriving Well Registration.


Course details:

Designed specifically for the YouThrive BIPOC (Black, Indigenous or Person of Colour) program, students learn about wellness, stress management, sleep hygiene, music and mental health, connecting with nature, empathy & forgiveness, finding balance, and gratitude. Students learn about topics that will support their personal, social, and professional development.


Participants will be provided with:

• Dinner

• Bus tickets

• Networking opportunities with local entrepreneurs

Upon successful completion and consistent attendance, participants will receive $400.00


Course Details

Delivery: In-person

Location: Youth Wellness Centre

Dates: July 4 - August 16, 2023

Days: Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Time: 10 am to 4 pm

Cost: No cost to learners (fully subsidized)

WPH Teams up with YWCA for the 'Construction Craft Worker Pre-Apprenticeship'

YWCA Hamilton is pleased to offer Pre-Apprenticeship programs for persons with disabilities and mental health barriers at no-cost, providing participants with technical training and job coaching to start their career in the skilled trades.

Program Overview

A Construction Craft Worker Pre-Apprentice works on a wide variety of structures, such as residential, industrial, commercial, and institutional sites as well as hydroelectric dams, roadways, bridges, tunnels, mining and railways. They may also work on utility, landscape and pipeline projects.

For more information you can visit


OTEC's Accelerated Leadership Training Series

 Sign up for OTEC’s new accelerated leadership training series which is designed for tourism and hospitality sector managers & leaders who are seeking to improve their leadership skills, build their people skills and advance their careers.

Featuring 4 unique leadership courses, this training focuses on developing the skills that managers and leaders need to build, lead and grow with effective teams. FREE for Ontario Tourism & Hospitality sector leaders.


For registration and more info email info@tourismskillsnet.org

or visit


Goodwill Amity: June Workshop Calendar

(Click Image to view Workshop outlines)

What's in the News?

7 resources exploring Indigenous worldviews and career development

To support Indigenous clients in their career path, career practitioners must take a holistic approach that considers the individual’s lived experiences as well as historical factors that shaped their education and employment. Here are resources that explore Indigenous worldviews on careers and today’s labour market.

An Indigenous future and present of work (Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Future of Good) [Commentary]

Justin Wiebe is Michif (Métis) and grew up in his homelands in Saskatoon on Treaty 6 territory and the Homeland of the Métis. He is a member of the EleV team at Mastercard Foundation. In this piece, he explores the realities faced by Indigenous people and how the future of work must include Indigenous knowledge and worldview, languages, and connection to lands and waters.

Cultural Infusions and Shifting Sands: What Helps and Hinders Career Decision-Making of Indigenous Young People (Canadian Journal of Career Development) [Study]

This study highlights the systemic, interpersonal and experiential processes in career decision-making for Indigenous young people in Canada. Implications for career counselling practice and future research are also discussed.

Read more here!

Pride stories: 7 2SLGBTQ+ books for career practitioners

The books on your nightstand could be helping you become a better career practitioner. They may introduce you to new counselling strategies, methods for building relationships with employers or trends affecting the world of work. Like many other career practitioners, you probably have a copy of Richard N. Bolles’ What Colour is Your Parachute? or The Career Stories Method by Kerri Twigg on display in your workspace.

But I want to take a moment to give some love and recognition to the other types of books you may be reading. The books you read to escape into another world. The books, without you even knowing it, that may be improving your capacity for empathy, perception and even creativity on the job!

As we enter Pride month, you may be reflecting on how you can make your practice more inclusive for 2SLGBTQ+ clients. During this time, when many of you might be inviting guest speakers, revising workplace policies and demonstrating support, I encourage you to glance at your bookshelf. In this post, I share with you 7 stories I think can strengthen your ability to understand and support 2SLGBTQ+ clients.

Read more here!

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