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New manager joining team at WDB

The Workforce Development Board is pleased to announce that Ellen Meadd will be assuming the role of manager of projects and community engagement as of Aug. 7.

A longtime resident of Northumberland County, Meadd has spent the past eight years working as a social research associate with the Nuclear Waste Management Organization.

“We are pleased to have Ellen join us at the WDB,” said CEO Jennifer Lamantia.

“She has extensive experience in project management, community engagement and leading successful teams. Her exceptional skills in qualitative and quantitative research will help to guide and support our current and future projects.”

Meadd earned a Ph.D in Environmental Studies from York University, in addition to a Master’s degree in Adult Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Science (both from the University of Toronto).

“I’m excited to join the WDB team. I count myself extremely lucky to work with such talented people, helping to meet local labour market needs and support stakeholders with reliable information,” she said.

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).

Annual General Meeting set for June 26

The Workforce Development Board / Local Employment Planning Council will host its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, June 26.

The meeting will be held at our office at 159 King Street (Suite 208) and is slated to begin at 5 p.m.

Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by sending an email to or by calling 705-749-3250, ext. 116.

Publication highlights challenges and opportunities of area labour markets

A new publication highlights the opportunities and challenges of the labour markets in Peterborough, Northumberland, Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton.

The Workforce Development Board / Local Employment Planning Council (WDB/LEPC) – a non-profit organization funded by the federal and provincial governments – has released its Community Labour Market Plan 18/19

More than 200 community stakeholders helped inform the project through in-person interviews and online questionnaires, which provided the input necessary to gain a better understanding of local workforce priorities and needs.

“During consultations, we heard from employers about the local labour force and soft skills, with oral and written communication as the top skill needed by employers advertising jobs across the board,” the publication reads.

It notes that while the region’s population has increased by 3.3 per cent since 2011, the total labour force has decreased by three per cent over that same timeframe.

“Our region experienced a huge increase in people aged 65 and over with growth of over 200 per cent (53,040 people). This segment of the population in our region may create future opportunities for new business and our local labour market,” the publication reads.

It also highlights Census data that indicates that the average individual employment income in our the area in 2015 was $37,173 – roughly 22 per cent below the provincial average.

“The average income of individuals by community was Northumberland County at $39,636 (an increase of $1,405 from 2011), Peterborough at $38,500 (an increase of $714), Kawartha Lakes at $37,242 (an increase of $369) and Haliburton County at $33,314 (a decrease of $2,196),” the report reads.

Information on educational attainment, business counts, top job postings (including median wage) and projected occupational growth is also highlighted for the region, as well as for each individual community.

The publication concludes with recommendations surrounding collection and dissemination of local labour market knowledge; integrated local planning; development of service coordination initiatives for employers; development of innovative research solutions to address identified local labour market issues; and the sharing of local best practices that help strengthen the local labour markets.

To download a copy of the report in English, click HERE.

To download a copy of the report in French, click HERE.

Report highlights importance of agriculture to local economy

A new report highlights the importance of agriculture and agri-food employment to the region’s economy.

Commissioned by the Workforce Development Board / Local Employment Planning Council (WDB/LEPC), the report is designed to identify best practices and recommend local strategies to address employment issues, challenges and opportunities throughout the organization’s catchment area.

Overall, local agriculture and agri-food and related employment sectors comprise almost 20,000 jobs in the WDB/LEPC region, with nearly one-in-five total jobs reliant on the agri-business sector.

“Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland are very active and dependent on the sector as an economic driver, while Haliburton with a small and active food sector, is significantly less impacted due to both geography and population,” the report reads.

“This study included a comparative analysis that indicates the WDB/LEPC region had slower growth in the agricultural and agri-food sector than other Ontario regions over the past decade however, there is a forecasted balancing out trend for increased opportunities overall, validating the need to address issues and concerns in the local labour force.”

It identifies some high-growth occupations as well as those in decline, as well as highlighting challenges faced by employers.

“Locally, the key issues of concern identified were lack of workers with required skills in the agriculture and agri-food sector, a lack of awareness of the sector as a viable and rewarding employment opportunity, and the rising costs of farmland and agri-business costs to retain and encourage new food producer and processor employers,” the report reads.

The report concludes with three recommendations, including the development of a regional agri-food labour support network.

Local consulting firm, Amer and Associates Economic Development, 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.

New report aims to help persons with disabilities achieve their full employment potential

happy wheelchair user celebrating a success.

A new publication aims to help persons with disabilities achieve their full employment potential and serves as a resource for business owners interested in making their operation more inclusive.

The Workforce Development Board / Local Employment Planning Council (WDB/LEPC) – a non-profit organization funded by the federal and provincial governments – worked with more than a dozen agencies and groups serving Peterborough, Northumberland, Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton for the publication, titled ‘Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers.’

Participants in the project included the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, the Canadian Mental Health Association, the Brain Injury Association Peterborough Region, Peterborough Communication and Support Services, Fleming College (Accessible Education Services), the Council for Persons with Disabilities, the area chapter of Community Living, Literacy Ontario Central South, JobQuest, VCCS Employment Services, Watton Employment Services and EPC Peterborough, along with the accessibility coordinators for the cities of Peterborough and Kawartha Lakes.

“We were absolutely thrilled with the participation from local groups and sincerely hope that the passion and commitment that was on display during the consultation process is evident in the report,” said project lead Scott Howard.

In light of the broad subject matter, consultations covered an array of related topics. Everything from education and vocational training for students with disabilities to on-the-job supports for employees who acquire a condition later in life.

The guide, which was funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario, features information on four key themes – the barriers facing persons with a disability as they enter or re-enter the workforce, the business case for hiring someone with a disability, the Employment First philosophy and Access Talent, the provincial employment strategy.

It also contains a summary of requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

To download the report in English, click HERE.

To download the report in French, click HERE.