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Survey seeks input from employers on newcomer recruitment and hiring

A short survey on newcomers in our regional workforce has launched.

It is part of a research project sponsored by the Workforce Development Board / Local Employment Planning Council. The research will produce locally relevant information that will be used to shape future programming in Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland, and Haliburton.

The WDB and our partners in the community ask local employers (for-profit or non-profit, and all sizes), to complete the short, anonymous survey before Feb. 5. The questions ask about employer recruitment and hiring experiences and needs.

A separate survey of local newcomers, focused on their job search and employment experiences, is also being conducted. The final report will be available on the WDB website later in 2018.

“Newcomer employment integration is important to the economic success of our region. Canada’s aging workforce means that immigration continues to be necessary to ensure a vibrant economy in the future,” said Jennifer Lamantia, CEO of the Workforce Development Board.

“The goal of this project is to document the successes and gaps in order to build the best possible system of supports for both employers and newcomers. We thank employers for taking the survey and sharing their ideas.”

The research project is being conducted by local firm, Laridae, which is consulting with employment services agencies, business organizations, and the New Canadians Centre, among others.

The survey is found at the following link:

For more information please contact:

Laura Gaughan, consultant
705-243-5585, ext. 5

Scott Howard, communications coordinator
Workforce Development Board
705-749-3250, ext. 115