Volume 6: Issue 2. June 23, 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 Employees, Top In-Demand Job in Hamilton, Hamilton's Labour Force May 2023, WPH is now on TikTok!

Who's Hiring in Hamilton: McMaster University, The City of Hamilton, Integrity Staffing

Community Updates: June is Pride Month, We Are Hamilton Launch Event, YWCA Social Services Job Fair, Free Skills Upgrading, Pride Crafting Party, WPH Teams up with YWCA for the 'Construction Craft Worker Pre-Apprenticeship', 2023-2024 Pre-apprenticeship Program for Child Development Practitioner, Goodwill Amity: July Workshop Calendar, and Hire International Students

News: "What my internship taught me about intergenerational work", and "The need for specialized employment services for persons with disabilities in Canada"

The Latest From WPH

We are Hamilton's leaders in Workforce Development

Meet WPH's New Summer Employee's!

Meet Shawna Farinango

Hi everyone! I am Shawna Farinango, the new Social Media assistant for WPH. I am so excited to join the team and get to blend my artistry and digital expertise to leave a lasting impact. 

Meet Harry Zhang

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.

Meet Bianca Esposto

Hi everyone! I am Bianca Esposto, the new administrative assistant for WPH. I am honoured to be a part of this great team and cannot wait to see what we can all achieve together!

Top In-Demand Job in Hamilton

The top in-demand job for May 2023 was Retail Salespersons. The following were Related Support Occupations, Transport Truck Drivers, Food Industry Related Occupations, and Cooks.

For more information visit


Hamilton's Labour Force May 2023

Here is an update on Hamilton's Labour Force for May 2023

Employment Rate: 60.4%

Unemployment Rate: 5.4%

Participation Rate: 63.6%

For more information visit


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!

Watch Now

Who's Hiring In Hamilton?

Click here for WPH's Job Board

McMaster University is hiring for a Digital Learning Librarian!

McMaster University Library is seeking a knowledgeable and collaborative librarian to join the Teaching and Learning Division.

Click here to view the job posting!

The City of Hamilton is hiring for an E-Learning specialist.

The City of Hamilton is seeking an E-Learning Specialist with experience in the design development, and implementation of the e-learning component for the Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) project.

Click here to view the job posting!

Integrity Long Term Care Staffing is hiring for RPN's & RN's.

We are in search

of compassionate and dedicated RPNs and RNs, who want to Be the Difference in LongTerm Care.

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 the celebration and commemoration of lesbiangaybisexual, and transgender (LGBTpride.

Happy Pride Month from all of us here at WPH!

We Are Hamilton Launch Event

You're invited to our LAUNCH EVENT on June 29 (9:30 - 11:30 AM) at Hamilton City Hall. 

Are you an individual or community group that supports inclusion and diversity in Hamilton? 

Hamilton for All is a multi-faceted campaign led by several community groups in Hamilton. It supports the promotion and awareness of inclusion and belonging and is looking to elevate the voices of equity-seeking groups in Hamilton and build capacity against hate and bigotry of all kinds.

After months of behind-the-scenes work, we are so excited to share the launch of both the campaign visuals and a NEW Anti-hate toolkit for Hamiltonians to get involved!


Led by: City of Hamilton, Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council, No Hate in the Hammer, Hamilton Community Legal Clinic, Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion, Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Centre.

JOIN US! Register now and show your solidarity at: http://no-hate.ca/june29

YWCA Social Services Job Fair

Job Fair for YWCA Hamilton on June 28th for 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.


This Job Fair will be held at the Putman Family YWCA, 52 Ottawa St. North, Hamilton.

Free Skills Upgrading

Thinking about training for an in-demand job? Sign up for our Free Skills Upgrading Course! 

  • Free skills upgrading for adults to prepare for future training, education or work.  
  • Build transferable skills, explore your training options and prepare for the Better Jobs Ontario application.  
  • Skills upgrades include time management, computer basics, soft skills, and budgeting.
  • Sessions are in English with a required minimum Canadian Language Benchmark Level 5 to participate.


Who:  People on OW or EI, Newcomers to Canada who

would benefit from skills building

When: June 26 - July 21, 9 am - 2:30 pm

(In-person and asynchronous learning)

Where: Hill Park Learning Centre, 465 East 16th Street, Room 2028

Pre-registration required:  Contact Connie Hendry at 905-561-2190 ext. 4792 or chendry@hwdsb.on.ca.  


This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.  

Pride Crafting Party

Neighbour 2 Neighbour Pride Crafting Party

Celebrate with Neighbour 2 Neighbour at the pride crafting party.

Date: June 29th, 4-5 pm

Location: 10-310 Limeridge road W. Hamilton

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

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.

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.

For more information, you can visit


2023-2024 Pre-apprenticeship Program for Child Development Practitioner

We are delighted to relaunch this program which has already enabled many members of the French-speaking community to emancipate themselves through virtual courses and hands-on training, offering a virtuous career prospect in maintaining a qualitative French-speaking education in the Halton – Hamilton – Niagara area.

Start Date: July 3, 2023

  • For whom: French-speaking eligible candidates
  • Course Delivery Method: Online

If you would like more information about this program, feel free to contact mathieu.berlaud@collegeboreal.ca or 905-544-9824, ext. 7313. 

Goodwill Amity: July Workshop Calendar

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Hire International Students

Hiring international students can lead to a more inclusive workspace, broader recruitment pool and global perspectives with diverse knowledge, skills and experiences. Attend this session to learn more about the significance of hiring international students, immigration-hiring requirements, funding support and additional resources.

Date and time: July 19, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET

Location: Online (Zoom)

Registration: https://bit.ly/hiringinternational


Presented by dedicated staff in the McMaster Student Success Centre:

☑ Randa Salih BA (Hons), Coordinator (International Undergraduate Students)

☑ Charissa Hu, Immigration and Mobility Advisor

☑ Katherine Hesson-Bolton, Manager, Talent Partnerships and Employer Relations



What's in the News?

What my internship taught me about intergenerational work

What I learned about youth engagement and intergenerational spaces My research experiences during my internship illustrated the importance of intergenerational spaces.

Read more here!

The need for specialized employment services for persons with disabilities in Canada

Hiring a new employee is an exciting time for any business owner. In most cases, a new employee brings fresh perspectives, strengthens teams and enhances the capabilities of the business. 

Read more here!

Are you looking to share updates in this newsletter?

Contact Travis MacCarl via email: consultant@workforceplanninghamilton.ca

Workforce Planning Hamilton | 905-521-5777| info@workforceplanninghamilton.ca | www.workforceplanninghamilton.ca

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