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​​​​​​​​Labour market information (LMI) constantly changes – employers need to know where to find this information and how to use it in order to remain competitive with current business practices and recruitment strategies.

Simcoe County Snapshot:

Highlights for Simcoe County from the 2013 Local Labour Market Plan:

Between 2006 and 2011:

  • Employment in the manufacturing sector dropped 23 per cent. This change was the same as the decrease experienced in Ontario. Manufacturing is the second largest industry in Simcoe County. Retail trade is the largest.
  • Five industries experienced employment increases:
    • Health Care and Social Assistance: 2,965 jobs (+14.5%)
    • Public Administration: 2,585 jobs (+19.2%)
    •  Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: 1,335 jobs (+13.6%)
    •  Finance and Insurance: 1,105 jobs (+19.9%)
    •  Retail Trade: 1,055 jobs (+4%)
  • Simcoe County businesses are primarily small: 57 per cent of the firms in Simcoe County have no employees, and another 24 per cent have on-to-four employees

(Source: 2013 Local Labour Market Plan​​)

 Digging deeper

Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper  provides the results from a 2012 report on the local labour market involving 307 employers in Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka. The survey was designed to help employment service providers better understand the labour market expectations of employers, particularly around local workforce needs and hiring decisions.

Highlights include:

Skills Shortages:

  • Skilled trades
  • Customer service
  • Business/accounting
  • Office skills

Key applicant attributes:

  • Work ethic
  • Interpersonal skills, and
  • Fit with the organization

 Hiring challenges:

  • 56 per cent of employers found it very difficult to recruit qualified senior level employees, compared to only 15 per cent who found it difficult to find entry-level workers

For more information, or to read the whole report visit: Digging Deeper

Coming Soon: The 2013 Labour Market Study


Future Trends

Demographics in Canada are changing. The labour market will be directly impacted by the large number of Baby Boomers exiting the workforce. Retirees and low birth-rates for the Canadian-born population continue to place a large emphasis on the need for skilled immigrants to build a skilled workforce.

The federal government predicts Canadian skills shortages in the next 10 years:

    • Human Resources and Business Service Professionals
    • Engineers
    • Architects, Urban Planners and Land Surveyors
    • Mathematicians, Statisticians and Actuaries
    • Managers in Health, Education, Social and Community Services
    • Physicians, Dentists and Veterinarians
    • Optometrists, Chiropractors and Other Health Diagnosing and Treating Professionals
    • Nurse Supervisors and Registered Nurses
    • Medical Technologists and Technicians
    • Managers in Construction and Transportation
    • Supervisors in Logging and Forestry
    • Supervisors in Mining, Oil and Gas
    • Contractors, Operators and Supervisors in Agriculture, Horticulture and Aquaculture

(Source: 2011 HRSDC - Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS)​ )


Useful Websites and Labour Market Resources For Employers -

Simcoe County:

      Listings including:

    • Economic Development Office locations throughout Simcoe County
    • Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs
    • Local Libraries: Business Services
  • Simcoe Muskoka Workforce Development Board -SMWDB Labour Market Information​ includes recent labour market articles and reports for Simcoe County and Muskoka

Federal Resources:

  • Working in Canada - A comprehensive resource for both employers and job seekers. Employers will find Labour Market Information on the following pages:
  • Statistics Canada - (StatCan) provides readers with up-to-date statistical information on a full range of labour market topics. For example, employers can read about job vacancies, employment rates, commuting patterns, unions, and immigrant workers.

Provincial Resources:

  • SelectOntario Dashboard from the Province of Ontario: An interactive web-mapping application provides perspective business owners data on community characteristics across Ontario; data includes current statistics, and current workforce skills. This tool also helps professionals locate business clusters in order to determine the most appropriate location to start a business.
  • Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (TCU): ​ TCU operates Employment Ontario, a one-stop source of information and services for students, job-seekers and employers. The ministry also plays an integral role in the area of post-secondary education for the Province of Ontario.