Workforce Planning Objectives
With an anticipated population decline, there is a need to actively attract workers to Southwestern Ontario. This includes proactively attracting business immigrants to the region and advocating for improved worker movement between communities.
If these issues are not addressed in the near-to-long term, the region will continue to see a greater percentage of people exiting the labour force than entering the labour force, concluding in a non-competitive business environment.
The Western Ontario Workforce Strategy focuses on the development of a resilient labour force that will meet employer demand and leverage the workforce planning efforts of community partners and the Province of Ontario.
To strengthen the access and quality of labour market intelligence to address the needs of businesses and create opportunities to bring together businesses, economic developers and educators to strengthen the alignment between business needs and education programming.
To assemble intelligence that will inform municipal business retention and succession planning activities. Included in this objective is the need to advocate for improved programming support.
To improve the region’s access to skilled and talented labour pool that is poised and positioned to respond to changing economic conditions.