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Report finds area newcomers, employers seek cross-cultural training and supports

A new report on the employment activities of newcomers to our region has been published.

Commissioned by the Workforce Development Board / Local Employment Planning Council (WDB/LEPC), the report is designed to help shape future programs and services to support both newcomers and employers in the communities of Peterborough, Northumberland, Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton.

According to the 2016 Census, the region has a total population of 317,319, of which 27,660 (or 8.7 percent), are immigrants to Canada. This figure does not include refugees arriving after 2016 or those who do not have permanent status, such as international students.

“Employment is a vital part of long-term settlement and social inclusion,” the report reads.

“Depending on language and other skills, educational background, the transferability of foreign credentials, and other factors, newcomers may spend time working ‘survival’ jobs before they are able to access employment opportunities that more closely match their profiles. These concerns do not apply equally to all newcomers, who are an extremely diverse group.”

Included in the report are:
• community profiles with demographic and immigration trends;
• an overview of programs and services currently available in the region to assist newcomers with job search and employment and to support employers in accessing talent to fill vacancies; and
• selected innovative approaches to newcomer employment integration, in our region and beyond.

More than 150 individuals were consulted through focus groups, interviews, and online surveys. As a result, the report contains wide-ranging and current data illustrating the experiences and perceptions of newcomers and employers in our region. Agencies that provide services to newcomers and employers provided critical input.

The report puts forward 19 recommendations, organized around six themes: Community Capacity & Connections, Programs & Services, Flexible & Focused Language Training, Eligibility for Services, Awareness & Communications, and Data Collection.

Local consulting firm, Laridae, was engaged for this research project, which was funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

To download the report in English, click HERE.

To download the report in French, click HERE.

Workforce Development Board releases job board audit

The Workforce Development Board / Local Employment Planning Council (WDB/LEPC) has completed a report as part of the pilot project funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development that examines and compares the use of online job boards with a focus on the local labour market.

There are various recruitment methods available to employers and determining the right mix of tools depends greatly upon past success, current hiring challenges, associated costs, and overall effectiveness. Employers and job seekers alike should remember that not all jobs are found online.  Many employment opportunities can be found through local recruitment agencies, employment and training service providers, and through the people we work with and interact with every day.

“Both word of mouth and employee referrals can be very effective recruitment strategies. These traditional methods take advantage of trusted networks to secure the talent necessary to support an organization’s labour needs. The development of online job boards provides an additional recruitment channel that has only been available over the past two decades,” the report reads.

“Online job boards are unique in that they can be viewed universally by job seekers, employers, job developers, and anyone with an internet connection. The reach of an online job posting is significantly greater than traditional forms of recruitment, and the choices are limitless.”

To download the report in English, click HERE.

To download the report in French, click HERE.

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Now recruiting new members for our board of directors

The Workforce Development Board (WDB) is a not-for-profit organization located in Peterborough and serving Northumberland, Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton. The WDB was established over 20 years ago and is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development to provide labour market information, coordinate employment and training services, and engage employer communities.

The WDB is recognized as a leader in the province and since December 2015 has been successfully delivering the Local Employment Planning Council (LEPC) pilot where community and labour market products have been developed and launched and strong community partnerships have been formed.

The Board of Directors is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the WDB fulfills its mission and mandate and meets the terms and conditions of the Operating Agreement with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. For more information about the Workforce Development Board or the LEPC, click HERE.


The overarching role of the Board of Directors is to:

  • ensure funding is being used for its intended purpose and that objectives stated in the Operating Agreement are being met;
  • provide support to staff with the delivery of the funded projects;
  • understand the WDB’s vision, mandate, programs and functions;
  • directors are encouraged to communicate directly with their community as a means of gathering relevant information to be brought forth to the Board table,

participate in project committees when possible, liaise and communicate with Community Groups, and attend other community partner meetings;

  • prepare for meetings by reading background material;
  • address the need to create a healthy working environment for Board members by encouraging consensus decision making, resolving conflicts in a positive manner, accommodating differences where necessary and remaining updated about current community affairs.


The number of directors shall be a maximum of fourteen (14) and reflect the profile of skills required to effectively govern the WDB and if possible be representative of the organization’s catchment area (Haliburton, Northumberland, City of Kawartha Lakes and Peterborough), gender, business, labour, educators/trainers and employment service providers.


Directors of the WDB meet four times a year through a combination of in-person meetings and teleconferences.


Directors shall serve a term of two (2) years from the date of appointment plus, if reappointed, one (1) additional term of two (2) years.


Interested applicants should send the following information to CEO Jennifer Lamantia at

  • Letter outlining the contribution you’d like to make to the Workforce Development Board;
  • A current Resume/CV;
  • Name and contact information of at least one reference.

If you are nominating someone else, please provide a short letter with your rationale and contact details for your nominee to

Jennifer Lamantia hired as new CEO for Workforce Development Board

WDB logo 5 by 2 and a halfThe board of directors for the Workforce Development Board is pleased to announce that Jennifer Lamantia will be assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer as of Oct. 30.

She is replacing Joe Celestini, whose tenure with the organization is coming to a close after more than four years with his retirement early next month.

“On behalf of the board, I’d like to thank Joe for his dedication and welcome Jennifer to the team,” said Christian Vesnaver, chair of the WDB’s board of directors.

“She is very personable, knowledgeable, innovative and forward-thinking. She’s also extremely community-oriented and brings a lot of different skills to the table.”

CEO hs webLamantia has more than 15 years of experience in management positions in both the non-profit and private sectors. She most recently served as the manager of business development at Access Copyright, where she was responsible for driving business development initiatives for the education and corporate markets and supporting innovation work. Previous to that, she worked in the educational publishing industry.

The longtime Lindsay resident is actively involved in the community, serving as a member of 100 Women Who Care Kawartha Lakes and recently joined the area Alzheimer Society as a board member. She’s also an avid community gardener at the Lindsay Community Garden, a weekend fitness and yoga instructor at the Lindsay Recreation Complex.

“I’m excited and honoured to join the dedicated and accomplished team at the WDB to support our stakeholders with reliable local labour market information and relevant resources that meet their needs,” Lamantia said.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work together with a range of partners as workforce planning and strategies evolve in our dynamic local labour market.”

The Workforce Development Board is a not-for-profit organization serving Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland and Haliburton. Founded in 1996, the WDB is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development to provide labour market information, coordinate employment and training services and engage employer communities.

For more information, visit or call 705-749-3250 (toll-free 1-800-340-0111).