Work Trends project aims to strengthen workforce resilience

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Workforce WindsorEssex has launched its first aggregated job site for work from home to meet the needs of a changing job market.

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The job board is part of the Work Trends project, a collaboration with 25 Workforce planning boards in Ontario and Elev8 Web Studio, which provides real-time, data-driven guidance to job seekers, employers, employment agencies, training providers and policy makers.

Workforce WindsorEssex is leading the county-wide project – a response to changes in the future of work accelerated by the pandemic, creating new work from home jobs that were previously hard to find.

In the latter part of 2022, training will be delivered to job seekers, employers, educators, Employment Ontario personnel and community organizations through virtual and in-person presentations across the province in conjunction with Workforce planning boards.

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“Good decisions start with timely and accurate data, but just as importantly, distilling this data into meaningful, discoverable and actionable insights is essential to maximizing value for all stakeholders,” said Justin Falconer, CEO of Workforce WindsorEssex.

“This project will significantly improve outcomes for job seekers, employers and the community by developing accessible and contextually relevant tools to make better decisions at every level.”

Secretary of Labor Monte McNaughton.
Secretary of Labor Monte McNaughton. Photo by DEREK RUTTANPost Media Network / Files

Work Trends is a one-stop shop for searching thousands of work-from-home jobs on dozens of websites. The job board encapsulates the job posting and directs job seekers to the original job board where they can learn more about the jobs and other information.

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The project is supported by a $1.17 million grant to a skills development fund through the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

“Our government works for workers by breaking down barriers to entry into the labor market,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister for Labour, Training and Skills Development and MPP for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex.

“That’s why we’re proud to fund the Work Trends project, which will improve the accessibility of home working so that Ontario employees can be more comfortable while earning bigger paychecks.”

Tashlyn Teskey with Workforce WindsorEssex can be seen on Monday, March 7, 2022.
Tashlyn Teskey with Workforce WindsorEssex can be seen on Monday, March 7, 2022. Photo by Dan JanisseWindsor Star

More tools and features will be added over time, including career and sector libraries, sector map tools that show provincial data and highlight trends, and monthly data reports.

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“The first step in identifying the best support and job creation, innovative training and improving communities’ ability to respond to labor market shocks is to know in real time what is happening in all corners of the province. and communities,” said Tashlyn Teskey, Workforce WindsorEssex manager of projects and research.

“The Work Trends project can provide this county-wide data, adapted to different geographic and demographic data, while identifying trends over time.

“Work Trends will track growing and declining occupations and sectors across regions in real time to reduce response time to labor market shocks and opportunities,” said Teskey.

Information can then be filtered through new interactive job demand reporting tools that support a variety of geographic perspectives, including zip codes, lanes, school board districts, health regions, and municipalities.

Work Trends jobs board can be accessed through the Workforce WindsorEssex website at: or

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