This October Local Labour Market Plan (LLMP) is an update of the 2013-2014 LLMP /TOP report, with some significant changes. This year, for the first time, the report includes data about Employment Ontario’s services. These services, provided by 41 organizations at 69 locations across Toronto, assist Torontonians seeking employment, training, and/or help with moving forward in their careers. They are a “next step”, part of a vast and complex network of programs in Toronto working to improve residents’ ability to find good jobs leading to sustainable livelihoods. These programs include those funded through Toronto Employment Social Services (TESS), working primarily with clients on social assistance, the Bridge Training Programs funded by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration that connect Internationally Trained Individuals to their professions, and countless others offered by various ministries, employers, and First Nations organizations that provide literacy and basic skills, pre-employment preparation, help with housing, child care and other wrap around support services.
Toronto is the 4th largest North America’ city and a vibrant metropolis working to maintain Canada’s economic position in a global marketplace. The economy relies on a steady inflow of world class talent and young professionals into the downtown core. Since the globalfinancial crisis of 2008-2009, Toronto has endeavored to meet the demands of a changing economy, aging population and increasingly diverse workforce. While economic progress has been relatively stable, the local labour force remains Sifting through the Sands forgood and sustainable jobs. The most vulnerable groups seeking access and mobility from the periphery into the core ofthe labour market are:(i) Young, highly skilled un-employed and under-employed millennials;(ii) Highly skilled immigrants, who comprise 49% of Toronto’s population. For the young highly skilled, the investment in higher education has fallen short, with about one in five 25-34 year old workers failing to find work to match their post-secondary degrees. For immigrants, Canada’s temporary foreign worker programs andcontinued lack of recognition for foreign knowledge/experience creates barriers to accessand integration into the labour market. xii Furthermore, the labour market issues have“sandwiched” Baby Boomers and Generation X with the increasing responsibility to carefor children, many of whom are young and unemployed, and older relatives.
Employment and Participation RateAccording to the employment data, more Torontonians are currently employed and fewer are unemployed compared to a year ago. This upward employment trend occurred at the same time as an increasing participation rate that peaked at 67.9% in June 2013. The participation rate has fully recovered from the 2008 recession, and remained above the Canadian and Ontario rates since September 2012.
Toronto is experiencing a trend toward self-employment; about 16% of the total employed residents were self-employed as of May 2013. There are fewer full-time jobs and more temporary, part-time and contract work, contributing to an increase in precarious employment.
There have also been increases in employment among Toronto residents in a number of prominent industries:• Public Administration added 14,450 jobs, up 33.5%, spread across all three levels of government: federal government; provincial government; regional and local governments• Finance and Insurance increased by 13,360 jobs, up 14.0%, despite the loss of 2,825 jobs in securities brokerage. This is largely due to an additional 9,115 jobs in banks and credit unions;• Health Care & Social Assistance grew by 13,210 jobs, up 11.7%, adding 5,110 more jobs in hospitals, 3,440 more jobs in offices of health practitioners other than physicians and dentists, 2,450 more jobs in nursing homes and residential care facilities, and 1,470 more jobs in individual and family services;• Professional, Technical and Scientific Services picked up 13,360 more jobs (up 14.0%); subsectors that experienced large growth: legal services; accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services; architectural, engineering and related services; management, scientific and technical consulting services; advertising, public relations, and related services. At the same time, two subsectors shrank: computer systems design and related services; and scientific research and development services;• Educational Services expanded by 10,645 jobs, up 12.6%, with major growth in universities (4,240 jobs) and elementary and secondary schools (3,495 jobs).
The large percentage decline in manufacturing employment in Ontario was greatest among Toronto residents, with a drop of 29.2%, representing 42,115 jobs. The major losses were experienced in:Clothing manufacturing (down 59%);Fabricated metal manufacturing (down 39%);Transportation equipment manufacturing (mainly auto parts) (down 34%);Plastics and rubber products manufacturing (down 37%);Furniture and related product manufacturing (down 30%);Computer and electronic product manufacturing (down -28%).
The Employment Ontario data offers broad, demographic descriptions of the clients of these services and some information about outcomes. Three sets of data were provided to 25 Workforce Planning Boards in Ontario, including data at the local level, data at the regional leveland data at the provincial level. The analysis of this data provides some insight into those making use of those services in Toronto. In 2012-2013, over 40,000 Torontonians found work through the EO services, indicating that many thousands more were assisted through EO and other providers. The analysis of the EO data provides some insight into those making use of these services in Toronto.
The table shows ES client employment and/or training outcomes. It compares the distribution of outcomes by category for Toronto, the Regional and provincial levels. The results for employment and training outcomes show a high degree of similarity between the Toronto, Regional and Ontario figures.
CareerBuilder.ca and Economic Modelling Specialists International (EMSI) have released a list of Hot Jobs for Toronto, based on occupations with the greatest job increase between 2010 and 2013.
Our strategic workforce priorities are informed by the labour market challenges, which come from our extensive consultations and community collaboration, in combination with the data analysis we do on a continuous basis. Our partnerships are still in the process of being finalized with the community. Based on our research and community consultations (including recent on Jan 15), Toronto’s Current Workforce Priorities are shaped by:Shifting Economic TerrainToronto’s labour market is defined by a large and expanding knowledge sector at the top, a small number of “middle” jobs and a number of jobs at the bottom that is comparable to those in the knowledge sector (‘HourGlass’). As we observed, employment rates and unemployment rate have risen simultaneously from Jan 12-Jan13. This employment pattern will continue as jobs are created on a contract and/or part-time basis. Due to the rising ‘precarity’ (aka labour market insecurity) Toronto’s workforce continues to seek self-employment/entrepreneurial opportunities in social enterprise . As well, Local agencies are voicing increased servicing needs to cater to mental health issues .*Action plans include: Managing Mental Health Issues in Employment Services, a series of professional development workshops with CAMH , in which Service Providers will have enhanced understanding of the resources available for clients who have mental health issues and be able to refer them to effective services
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Labour force activity
Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey
Employment increase by industry
+ 14 450 (33.5%)
Finance and Insurance
+ 13 360 (14%)
Health Care and Social Assistance
+13 210 (11.7%)
+13 360 (14%)
+10 645 (12.6%)
Source: Statistics Canada, National Household Survey
Employment decrease by industry
- 5 655 (59%)
Fabricated metal manufacturing
- 5 250 (39%)
Transportation equipment manufacturing
- 5 135 (34%)
Plastic and rubber products manufacturing
-4 370 (37%)
Furniture and related product manufacturing
-3 145 (30%)
Source: Statistics Canada, National Household Survey
Program related data
# ES clients served
42,697 (or 26% of unemployed)
Age group using ES the most
25-44 years (53.7%)
Newcomers using Employment Services
Persons with disabilities
ES client employment and training outcomes:
Toronto, Region and Ontario
Employed Full Time
Employed Part Time
Both employed and in education
Both employed and in training
Employed in a more suitable job
Employed in a prof occupation/trade
Employed in area of training/choice
Ten hottest jobs in Toronto
Computer and information systems professionals
Sales and related occupations
Labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities
Food court attendants, kitchen helpers
Administrative support clerks
Technical sales, wholesale trade
Auditors, accountants and investment professionals
Managers in financial and business services
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