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.