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Restart & Recovery: COVID-19 in Hamilton

Published: November 4, 2020

Restart & Recovery: COVID-19 in Hamilton Survey Report! 

The world’s economy has been shaken by the global COVID-19 pandemic, shutting down cities, millions of people losing their jobs, and ultimately taking the lives of many people. Hamilton was no exception; and the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on our city, our economy, and our labour market.

Workforce Planning Hamilton knew it was important to understand the impact COVID-19 had on Hamilton businesses and this survey was aimed at local employers to gather real time information. The survey was open from August 10 to 19th 2020, to all sectors and sizes, and focused on main aspects of business. We received 244 responses, and although this may not be a statistically signifi cant result, the aggregate data collected will provide insight to how Hamilton businesses are faring during these challenging times (for most). The breakdown of businesses that completed the survey shows a good representation refl ecting Hamilton’s economic make-up.



Labour Market Snapshop - Q2

Published: August 25, 2020

 Hamilton's Labour Market Snapshot for Quarter 2.

Restart & Recovery: COVID-19 in Hamilton

Published: August 10, 2020
Welcome to RESTART & RECOVERY: COVID-19 in Hamilton survey. 
About the survey: 
This survey explores the longer term impact of the pandemic on your workforce and your organization. In April the City of Hamilton’s Economic Development Department shared a COVID-19 Impact Survey to learn of the immediate effect of the pandemic on your organization. This provided a snapshot of how business was faring at that time.  As Hamilton moves into Phase 3 on the road to recovery, it is important to do a check in with you and dig a little deeper into the challenges and supports you may need in this challenging time.

This survey work is being completed in collaboration and with the endorsement of the Mayor’s Economic Recovery Task Force (ERTF).  The ERTF launched in early June to provide multi-sectoral leadership and direction to guide Hamilton’s economic recovery in the immediate aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The results of this survey will provide ideas and guidance to the ERTF to assist them in building strategies that will aid in the pandemic recovery for your organization. To learn more about the ETRF go to investinhamilton.ca/hamilton-economic-task-force/

Workforce Planning Hamilton is a labour market research and planning organization funded by the provincial Ministry of Labour Training & Skills Development.  Annually in January we gather labour market information through the EmployerOne survey.  To learn more about WPH please go to www.workforceplanninghamilton.ca  

Please know that your individual replies to this survey will be kept entirely confidential and only aggregate information will be reported to the community. 

We hope that you will take the time to complete this survey. It is estimated that for most organizations it will take less than 15 minutes to complete.  The information will assist the ERTF and WPH to plan for a successful restart for your business.
Please click here to complete the survey. It is only open until August 19, 2020. 

COVID-19 2020 LFS Report

Published: June 24, 2020

Over the last few weeks we have been monitoring and reporting on the local and provincal labour force based on the Labour Force Survey. Please click below to find the full report of June and May Labour Force Survey 2020.  We will continue to update this document as we progress through the coming months. 

Who's hiring in Hamilton during COVID-19? (click the download button below to access the job board)

Published: May 4, 2020

Workforce Planning Hamilton, with support from the city’s Economic Development Office are sharing a new platform for Hamilton businesses and their local employment needs. During these unprecedented times there is a desire for real-time information on job opportunities across many sectors in our city.


The new initiative- Who’s hiring in Hamilton during COVID-19- intends to match jobseekers in our local community with immediate employment opportunities offered by local employers via a new online job board. The information will be organized by economic sector to ensure candidates can connect with employers quickly and easily.


This job board will be available during the COVID-19 pandemic and will be active based on business needs.  We ask that you please visit the site, submit your hiring opportunities and please share with your networks. 


The site will be administered by Workforce Planning Hamilton and staff are available to answer any further questions:


Working Planning Hamilton Contact: – michelle.garofalo@workforceplanninghamilton.ca


We thank you for your attention to this request and sincerely hope we can assist in helping with your employment needs during this time.



Please note: The job board will be updated regularly as we become aware of new vacancies. Please check back regularly to ensure you haven't missed your ideal opportunity!  


Click the DOWNLOAD button below to access the job board. 


EmployerOne Survey 2020

Published: April 22, 2020

 The results are in! Our EmployerOne Survey 2020 was designed to take a snapshot of the Hamilton Labour Market in January 2020. However, with the widespread pandemic,  the data we gathered is most likely no longer up to date as many businesses have been impacted with closures, layoffs, and changes in the overall labour market. We will use this data as a baseline to understand the Hamilton Labour Market prior to COVID-19. 

EmployerOne Survey 2020 - French Version

Published: April 22, 2020

Under Pressure 2.0 - In-Demand Skilled Trades

Published: March 13, 2020
Workforce Planning Hamilton began an investigation into skills gaps in 2017 as we recognized the signs of a tightening labour market in the skilled trades. The narrative continues into 2020 with heightened apprehension among employers of a looming "hiring crisis."
Under Pressure 2.0 is a result of speaking to over 130 local employers in the skilled trades and focuses on:
  • Hiring issues from employers' perspectives
  • Hardest to fill skilled trades
  • Employers experiences and critiques on apprenticeships
  • Employers recommendations for potential solutions to the talent shortage