Talking About Jobs in Hamilton, Ontario

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This presentation provides an overview of the labour market in Hamilton, Ontario.

Sheila Block, Director of Economic Analysis
www.wellesleyinstitute.com
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Talking About Jobs in Hamilton, Ontario

  1. 1.  <br /> <br />Sheila Block<br />Hamilton<br />June 28, 2011<br />
  2. 2. Overview<br /><ul><li>Labour market overview
  3. 3. 6 Good ideas</li></ul>2<br />June-29-11 | www.wellesleyinstitute.com<br />
  4. 4. Definitions<br /><ul><li>Racialization --acknowledge "race" as a social construct</li></ul>In census data it is self-reported includes the following: Chinese, South Asian, Black, Filipino, Latin American, Southeast Asian, Arab, West Asian, Japanese, Korean . <br /><ul><li>Precarious work is characterized by low wages, absence of benefits, part-time hours, irregular shift work, and other flexibility requirements</li></ul>Precarious workers more frequently have their legal rights violated<br />3<br />
  5. 5. After-tax Low Income By Racialized Group, Hamilton, 2005<br />4<br />June-29-11 | www.wellesleyinstitute.com<br />
  6. 6. Labour Market Overview: Hamilton<br />5<br />June-29-11 | www.wellesleyinstitute.com<br />
  7. 7. Changes in Precarious Work: Hamilton<br />6<br />June-29-11 | www.wellesleyinstitute.com<br />
  8. 8. Changes in Employment by Industry -- Hamilton: 2004-2010<br />7<br />June-29-11 | www.wellesleyinstitute.com<br />
  9. 9. Unemployment Rates, Hamilton 2006<br />8<br />June-29-11 | www.wellesleyinstitute.com<br />
  10. 10. After-tax Low Income By Racialized Group, Hamilton, 2005<br />9<br />June-29-11 | www.wellesleyinstitute.com<br />
  11. 11. Talking About Jobs: Overview And Process<br /><ul><li>We brought together thoughtful leaders, practitioners and scholars to envision, in a pragmatic and practical way, 21st century labour market policies for Ontario.
  12. 12. What grew from these discussions were a set of labour market policy proposals aimed at reducing labour market poverty.
  13. 13. They will contribute to a healthier and more equitable Ontario.
  14. 14. We are meeting with a number of communities in the next few weeks; have launched our website www.talkingjobs.ca; and are planning an event in Toronto in September.</li></ul>10<br />
  15. 15. Talking about jobs: Six Good Ideas<br /> <br />1.    Promote local job matchmaking: Take a coordinated approach to local workforce development that brings together the key labour market stakeholders---to meet the real needs in our communities.<br />2.    The right job for internationally trained professionals:   Develop and build upon programs for both employers and internationally trained professionals that will allow Ontario’s economy to more fully benefit from their skills and experience.<br />3.    Support workplace-based learning:  Provide infrastructure support for workplace–based learning that meets the needs of employers and workers.<br />4.    Give Ontarians a new and improved Employment Standards Act (ESA):  Modernize and better enforce the ESA to ensure all workers can access the safety net that sets the minimum standards for Ontarians’ working lives.<br />5.    Support Ontario workers’ right to choose a union: Amend and enforce the Labour Relations Act so that it meaningfully supports workers’ right to organize in the twenty-first century economy.<br />6.    Ensure better protection for migrant workers: Extend minimum protections <br /> to all temporary workers<br /> <br /> <br />11<br />
  16. 16. Next steps<br />We are hoping you will continue this conversation in your community.<br />Engage with us and look for resources at: <br />www.talkingaboutjobs.ca<br />12<br />
  17. 17. www.talkingaboutjobs.ca<br />www.wellesleyinstitute.com<br />13<br />

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