Talking About Jobs in Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge

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This presentation provides critical insights on employment in Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge.

Sheila Block, Director of Economic Analysis
www.wellesleyinstitute.com
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Talking About Jobs in Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge

  1. 1.  <br /> <br />Sheila Block<br />Kitchener-Waterloo/Cambridge<br />June 14, 2011<br />
  2. 2. Talking About Jobs: Overview<br /><ul><li>What has been happening to the labour market in K-W/Cambridge?
  3. 3. Labour market policies our political leaders should talk about during the election campaign.
  4. 4. Next steps.</li></ul>2<br />
  5. 5. Definitions<br /><ul><li>Racialization -- acknowledge "race" as a social construct.</li></ul>In census data, race is self-reported and 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 statutory rights violated.<br />3<br />
  6. 6. Labour Market Overview Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo CMA<br />4<br />
  7. 7. Changes In Precarious WorkKitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo<br />5<br />
  8. 8. Changes In Employment By Industry (2006-2010) Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo<br />6<br />
  9. 9. Average Employment Income Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo 2005<br />7<br />
  10. 10. Unemployment Rates Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo 2006<br />8<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>9<br />
  15. 15. Talking About Jobs: Workforce Development<br />Workplace-based learning: Provincial support for workplace-based learning partnerships between employers and workers. <br />Strategic workforce development: A coordinated approach to workforce development that brings together employers, labour, workers, advocates and government for local labour market planning.<br />Supports for Internationally Educated Professionals (IEPs): Build on existing programs to ensure IEPs have an opportunity to use their skills, and the Ontario economy more fully benefits from their skills and experience.<br />10<br />
  16. 16. Talking About Jobs: Labour Market Regulation<br />Employment Standards Act: Modernize and better enforced to ensure all workers can access their rights. <br />Labour Relations Act: Amend and enforce the Act to provide workers with a meaningful right to organize in the 21st century economy.<br />Migrant Workers: Extend protections to all migrant workers: include prohibitions on passports and identity documents being seized and charging workers for the costs of recruitment. <br />11<br />
  17. 17. 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 />
  18. 18. 13<br />www.talkingaboutjobs.ca<br />www.wellesleyinstitute.com<br />

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