Local workforce planning uses reliable and valid data to create a common understanding of local issues. By engaging in local planning, communities are better able to identify gaps and needs, to address specific workforce issues and shortages, and to make the most of limited resources. The Elgin Middlesex Oxford Workforce Planning and Development Board ensures access to accurate, timely and relevant local labour market information as the basis for evidence based analysis and community planning. We engage employers to help identify skill gaps, employment opportunities, training needs and other "demand side" labour market issues.
On the "supply side", local workforce planning provides opportunities to enhance service coordination for job seekers, to break down barriers and to support the local service network in delivering more streamlined and accessible services to clients. By using Employment Ontario program data and other supply side information as evidence, we support greater insight in to barriers to employment and stronger linkages among local employment services through partnership activities that focus on local workforce development needs.