Worker impact survey helps identify labour market challenges

By Lindsay Advocate

The Workforce Development Board (WDB) has launched a Worker Impact Survey in Peterborough, Northumberland, Kawartha Lakes, and Haliburton and has joined with five other local workforce planning boards in Eastern Ontario who are conducting the survey in their respective regions.

The survey, open from March 15 to April 30, allows individuals to share information about their employment challenges.  This survey will help to support local recommendations for training and skills development initiatives.

With the support of the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, Worker Impact Survey results will be shared with community stakeholders to provide a better understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on the workforce and to increase awareness of the local labour supply, employment barriers for job seekers and those not participating in the labour force, and reasons for labour force under-utilization.

The boards will be working hard to connect with individuals within their local regions to generate a response rate that provides meaningful results and provides a perspective on how jobs have been impacted across Eastern Ontario.

In addition to the survey, each workforce planning board will host a focus group during that period. The survey and focus group results will be communicated in June with the final report being made publicly available in July.

The Worker Impact Survey can be accessed at

“The workforce planning boards of Eastern Ontario are collaborating to better understand how workers have been affected by COVID-19, the obstacles workers face finding or keeping gainful employment and the type of education and skills training supports that workers require across the region” said Jennifer Lamantia, CEO, of Workforce Development Board.

“By sharing your insights and feedback, you are providing timely, relevant and local data that assists with the work that we can do together at a local level to develop employment-related initiatives.”

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