Ontario Connecting Workers in Windsor to Local Jobs

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Media Release

Pilot Project Will Improve Local Labour Market Information

December 1, 2015

Ontario is supporting a new 18-month pilot program based in Windsor that will help better connect local jobseekers to available work opportunities in the region.

Workforce WindsorEssex has been selected by the province to deliver one of eight Local Employment Planning Council pilot projects across Ontario. Local Employment Planning Councils will act as a hub to connect employers, industry associations, sector groups and other employer groups with appropriate labour market information. Accurate, up-to-date, local labour market information is crucial to ensure local businesses, government, educational institutions and job-seekers can make better, more informed decisions.

Under the pilot, Workforce WindsorEssex will also pioneer new and innovative approaches to local employment planning in the Windsor area by:

  • Gathering and sharing local labour market information such as the supply of available workers in relation to available jobs
  • Supporting integrated service and workforce planning by connecting employers, service providers, and other key organizations with critical information to address workforce needs in the region
  • Working with the community to help make sure employment and training programs provide job-seekers with the skills and training that employers in Windsor need
  • Supporting innovative, local projects that address labour market issues specific to Windsor.

Modernizing employment and training programs is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.



" I’m pleased that Workforce WindsorEssex will build on the significant contribution it has already made to Windsor by participating in the province’s Local Employment Planning Council pilot project. It is critical to have strong local labour market information to better anticipate where our actual labour gaps may be and where current and future employment opportunities will occur, and I am confident that these pilot projects will provide communities like Windsor with valuable insights for both jobseekers as well as employers."
- Reza Moridi
Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

" Workforce WindsorEssex is pleased to have been selected to deliver the Local Employment Planning Council pilot, and looks forward to working with Ontario to benefit the local community through activities such as workforce development and planning, community engagement, program innovation, and gathering local labour market intelligence. Workforce WindsorEssex has developed extensive partnerships with various stakeholders in the Windsor-Essex community and looks forward to working with these partners and establishing new partnerships to achieve positive outcomes through this pilot initiative."
- Tanya Antoniw
Executive Director, Workforce WindsorEssex



  • While similar to existing Local Boards, the new Local Employment Planning Councils will provide more resources to support community-based solutions to local workforce training and development needs.
  • Local Employment Planning Council pilots will operate for an 18-month period beginning in December 2015.
  • Pilots are being established in Durham, Peel-Halton, London-Middlesex-Oxford, Windsor, Ottawa, Peterborough, Timmins and Thunder Bay.
  • These communities provide a diverse representation of labour market conditions across the province, including regional and demographic factors, and local economic conditions.
  • The province’s Ontario Job Futures online tool provides information on current trends and future outlook for about 200 occupations common to Ontario.