Employment and Labour Market Resources

Document TitleSorted By Document Title In Ascending OrderDescriptionDocumentPublisherDate
95 months later: Turbulent Times in Toronto's Labour MarketToronto is a city of contrasts and extremes and the economy has experienced a great deal of turbulence. This report tries to shed light on some of these seemingly impossible contradictions. How is it that in the midst of so much there is so many that have so little?DocumentToronto Workforce Innovation Group (TWIG)2016
A Basic Income for Canadians: What would change?Ordinary Canadians receive very different treatments from Canada's income security system. Contrary to what many believe to be true, income security from Canada's programs often increases with both wealth and income. In addition, it is not widely known that benefit clawbacks are most extreme at the lower end of the income scale. The purpose of this paper is to show how a basic income would work in real life situations - who would get more money and who would not - while also considering the manifest unfairness of the untended current system. DocumentMetcalf Foundation2017
A Thematic Scan of the Literature on the Informal EconomyA literature review of the Informal Economy developed for the research project: Shadow EconomiesDocumentToronto South LIP (formerly Toronto East LIP)2012
An Innovative Immigration System at 150 and BeyondThis report summarizes the Canadian Immigration Summit 2017’s discussion points and recommendations on how Canada can strengthen its immigration system and gives an overview of the importance of immigration to Canada’s economic future.DocumentThe Conference Board of Canada2017
An overview of discourses of skilled immigrants and "Canadian Experience": An English-language print media analysisThis report traced the representations of "Canadian experience" in English print media in Toronto from 2006-2012 and examined how it is related to our assumptions about the skills and knowledge new immigrants have.DocumentCERIS Working Paper2013
Basic Impact: Examining the Potential of a Basic Income on Social EntrepreneursThis report examines the potential impact of a basic income on social entrepreneurship. The paper presents the results of a new survey administered to 1,473 members of Toronto's Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) as well as a focus group and several individual case study interviews.DocumentMowat Centre2017
Best Practices: Strategies and Processes to Obtain Authentic International Educational CredentialsThe purpose of this guide is to crate a Best Documentation Practice Model to help hoses evaluating credentials ensure that their organizations or institutions' documentation practices are transparent, objective, fair and consistent.DocumentWorld Education Services (WES)2012
Better Work: The path to good jobs is through employersThis research paper reviews data and trends that illustrate the labour market challenges in Ontario, chronicles the economic and political changes that transformed our labour market over the last several decades, demonstrates the case for workforce development and addresses pragmatic solutions for creating and sustaining a healthy labour market.DocumentMetcalf Foundation2014
Brokering Success: Improving skilled immigrant employment outcomes through strengthened government-employer engagementThis research paper asks which strategies and levers are used by all three levels of government in Canada to engage with employers to fill their talent needs and improve employment and economic outcomes of skilled immigrants. It also explores how these strategies can be improved.DocumentMowat Centre2014
Canada's Choice: Decent Work or Entrenched Exploitation for Canada's Migrant Workers?This report builds on two previous Metcalf papers on the precarious conditions created and perpetuated by Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Canada's Choice illustrates how reforms made to the controversial program in 2014 have left low-wage migrant workers more vulnerable to exploitation and have further narrowed their access to permanent residence.DocumentMetcalf Foundation2016
Canada's Colour Coded Labour Market: The gap for racialized workers.This report captures the ongoing racialization of poverty in Canada. Poverty rates for racialized families are three times higher than non-racialized families. The report also makes the links between low-income jobs, the racialization of poverty, and the impacts both have on the health of racialized Canadians.DocumentWellesley InstituteGrowing Gap2011
Career Pathways to Education and EmploymentA needs assessment to generate knowledge that will improve opportunities for newcomer mothers and their families This Needs Assessment is one component of the Career Pathways Project. It presents a snapshot of relevant literature supplemented by findings form extensive consultation held with newcomer mothers and organizations in the settlement, employment and education fields.DocumentWorking Women Community Centre2016
Change Work: Valuing decent work in the no-for-profit sectorThe purpose of this report is to explore the concept of decent work and its potentional for the not-for-profit sector. Decent works involved thinking about work "as a source of personal dignity, family stability, peace in the community democracies that deliver for people" and a mechanism for inclusive economic growth. DocumentOntario Nonprofit Network, Toronto Neighbourhood Centres, Mowat NFP2015
Constructing TorontoThe report examines relevant worksite and occupational profiles. It draws attention to what a more sustainable construction sector, that is more inclusive and responsive to all relevant stakeholders, would look like. The report looks at (a) a general overview of work in Toronto's construction sector and (b) an overview of key occupations as well as current and projected labour market needs and trendsDocumentToronto Workforce Innovation Group (TWIG)2015
Depression and UnemploymentA PowerPoint presentation by CAMH on Depression and Unemployment presented to Toronto Workforce Innovation Group (TWIG)DocumentToronto Workforce Innovation Group (TWIG) CAMH 
Deputation: The Changing Workplace ReviewThis is the deputation presented by the Toronto South LIP to the Changing Workplace Review, Ministry of Labour. This is the provincial review of the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act.DocumentToronto South LIP2015
DIY: Immigrant Entrepreneurs are Doing it for ThemselvesThis report provides analysis and recommendations around developing service strategies to support entrepreneurial activity among immigrants living in the City of TorontoDocumentMetcalf Foundation, North York Community House, Public Interest2013
Employer's Resource Directory: Helping Businesses Leverage Foreign Trained Professional TalentThis directory is part of a new initiative launched by the Toronto Board of Trade to connect employers with knowledge and cost-effective solutions that will help them facilitate the successful recruitment, retention and integration of skilled immigrants into their workplaces and the region's economy.DocumentToronto Board of Trade 
Employers Say Verbal Communication Most Important Candidate SkillSurvey results of the top 10 skills employers rate as the most important.DocumentNational Association of Colleges and Employers2016
Financial Assistance For Training - Internationally Trained Individuals A list of financial assistance for training geared to Internationally Trained Individuals.DocumentGlobal Experience Ontario - Province of Ontario 2016
Finding the Path to Financial Prosperity for Newcomers to CanadaThis paper explores some of the financial barriers newcomers face when trying to establish a new life in Canada.DocumentBMO Wealth Institute2014
Finding their Way: Labour Market Integration of Refugees in GermanyEarly labour market entry is a key determinant of long-term outcomes. In this regard, Germany has taken a number of measures to facilitate early labour market entry, and the current framework regarding labour market access for asylum seekers is among the more liberal in OECD countries. While subject to a number of conditions, labour market access for asylum seekers is now possible after three months.DocumentOECD2017
Foreign Credentials Assessment Fact SheetA fact sheet that outlines how to get a foreign credential assessed and recognized for the purposes of both work and education.DocumentToronto South LIP (formerly Toronto East LIP) 
How to work legally in compulsory trade in Ontario - ArabicThis fact sheet outlines what training and certification an individual needs to work in a compulsory trade. Working in a trade without the proper certification is breaking the law and can lead to fines and enforcement action.DocumentOntario College of Trades2015
How to work legally in compulsory trade in Ontario - Chinese, SimplifiedThis fact sheet outlines what training and certification an individual needs to work in a compulsory trade. Working in a trade without the proper certification is breaking the law and can lead to fines and enforcement action.DocumentOntario College of Trades2015
How to work legally in compulsory trade in Ontario - Chinese, TraditionalThis fact sheet outlines what training and certification an individual needs to work in a compulsory trade. Working in a trade without the proper certification is breaking the law and can lead to fines and enforcement action.DocumentOntario College of Trades2015
How to work legally in compulsory trade in Ontario - EnglishThis fact sheet outlines what training and certification an individual needs to work in a compulsory trade. Working in a trade without the proper certification is breaking the law and can lead to fines and enforcement action.DocumentOntario College of Trades2015
How to work legally in compulsory trade in Ontario - FrenchThis fact sheet outlines what training and certification an individual needs to work in a compulsory trade. Working in a trade without the proper certification is breaking the law and can lead to fines and enforcement action.DocumentOntario College of Trades2015
How to work legally in compulsory trade in Ontario - PunjabiThis fact sheet outlines what training and certification an individual needs to work in a compulsory trade. Working in a trade without the proper certification is breaking the law and can lead to fines and enforcement action.DocumentOntario College of Trades2015
How to work legally in compulsory trade in Ontario - SpanishThis fact sheet outlines what training and certification an individual needs to work in a compulsory trade. Working in a trade without the proper certification is breaking the law and can lead to fines and enforcement action.DocumentOntario College of Trades2015
How to work legally in compulsory trade in Ontario - TagalogThis fact sheet outlines what training and certification an individual needs to work in a compulsory trade. Working in a trade without the proper certification is breaking the law and can lead to fines and enforcement action.DocumentOntario College of Trades2015
How to work legally in compulsory trade in Ontario - UrduThis fact sheet outlines what training and certification an individual needs to work in a compulsory trade. Working in a trade without the proper certification is breaking the law and can lead to fines and enforcement action.DocumentOntario College of Trades2015
Immigrants and Newcomers: Working in Toronto's Downtown NeighbourhoodsThis project, commissioned by the former West Downtown Toronto LIP (now part of Toronto South LIP) examines the employment and training experiences of newcomers and immigrants in downtown west Toronto by interviewing employers in the significant employment sectors in downtown Toronto including: Retail, Financial Services, Health Services, Construction and Maintenance, Information, Communication and Technology and Self-employed agents and brokers.DocumentToronto Workforce Innovation Group (TWIG), Downtown West LIP2010
Immigration in Ontario: Achieving best outcomes for newcomers and the economyIn Working Paper 28, Immigration in Ontario: Achieving best outcomes for newcomers and the economy, the Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity studies the state of immigration in Ontario. The analysis reveals many striking findings of the outcomes of Ontario's immigrants compared to their Canadian-born peers including, Ontario's immigrants are not reaching their full potential, and as a result, Ontario's prosperity is reduced, employment outcomes are the worst for immigrant women and recent immigrants and immigrants in Ontario experience lower employment rates compared to those who are Canadian-born.DocumentInstitute for Competitiveness & Prosperity2017
Immigration, Business Ownership and Employment in CanadaThis paper provides an overview of immigrant business ownership and the associated employment in Canada. The focus in on ownership of private incorporated firms and on the unincorporated self-employed.DocumentStatistics Canada2016
Indirect pathways into practice: A comparative examination of Indian and Philippine internationally educated nurses and their entry into Ontario's nursing profession.This paper reports on preliminary results from an ongoing research project examining the experiences of Internationally Educated Nurses from the Philippines and India who intend to enter Ontario's nursing profession indirectly via temporary migration streams. The paper will highlight some of the issues the data reveal in terms of specific settlement experiences, issues of effective conversion of pre-migration training into professional practice post-migration, and how policy shifts toward temporary and two-step migration may be shaping the nature of IENs' indirect pathways into practice.DocumentCERIS2012
Information for Employees About Hours of Work and Overtime PayThis information sheet gives the general rules in Ontario about hours of work and overtime pay. Available in 12 languages.DocumentOCASI2016
Internship Programs for Internationally Trained IndividualsA list of internship programs for Internationally Trained IndividualsDocumentGlobal Experience Ontario - Province of Ontario2016
Labour Market and Employment Working Group - Preliminary Task ListFor discussion purposes only, this is a list of labour market and employment issues the committee may wish to addressDocumentToronto South LIP (formerly West Downtown Toronto LIP)2011
Labour Market Information in the Greater Toronto Are: Getting Behind the NumbersThis study was commissioned to understand how labour market information (LMI) for the Greater Toronto Area is currently being produced, coordinated and used by the various interested audiences.DocumentIntergovernmental Committee for Economic and Labour Force Development in Toronto (ICE)2015
Labour Market Information in the Greater Toronto Are: Getting Behind the Numbers - presentationThis presentation of the final report gives an overview of the report, outlines the main findings, addresses some of the issues about labour market data and lists the recommendations.DocumentIntergovernmental Committee for Economic and Labour Force Development in Toronto (ICE)2015
Like Wonder Women, Goddesses and Robots: How racialized immigrant women in Toronto are impacted by and respond to employment precarityThis study builds on previous reports on labour market barriers facing immigrant and racialized communities (see Working Rough, Living Poor and Where are the Good Jobs?). Study results provide rich insights about how racialized immigrant women face triple intersecting layers of barriers and inequalities - based on gender, race and migration (immigration/newcomer status) - as they attempt to find a good job, negotiate work-life balance, and take care of their family within post-migration context in Canada.DocumentAccess Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services2014
Making Ends Meet: Toronto's 2015 Living WageThis report updates Toronto's living wage to reflect what it takes for two working parents with two children to make ends meet in 2015. It's based on the needs of a family with two parents and two young children ages 7 and 3.DocumentCanadian Centre for Policy Alternatives2015
Mentoring improves employment outcomes for skilled immigrantsThis report's findings make a compelling case for scaling up mentoring in Canadian cities. Mentoring is a low-cost, high impact intervention that delivers on the promise of opportunity made to newcomers that make Canada their home every year.DocumentALLIES - Maytree Foundation2005
Migrant Voices: Regional Forum on Migrant Worker IssuesA report on the regional forum held by the Canadian Council for Refugees and Migrante Alberta. The forum included panel presentations and break out discussion groups on topics such as a) Migrant Workers Self-organizing b) Advocacy for Policy Change c) Access to Services d) Access to Status and e) Solidarity with the labour movement.DocumentCanadian Council for Refugees2017
Migrant Worker GuidesMigrant Worker Guides are available in several languages in the following streams: Agricultural Stream, Caregiver Stream, Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) Stream and Low and High Skilled Stream.DocumentOCASI2015
Migrant Workers: precarious and unsupportedA Canada-wide study on Access to Services for Migrant workers.DocumentCanadian Council for Refugees2016
Outreach to Businesses in the Bathurst-Finch NeighbourhoodA survey of local businesses to (a) learn about the experiences, needs, and challenges of the for-profit sector in the areas of business operations and growth, human resource management and corporate citizenship, (b) establish a rapport with businesses in an effort to bring them into the process of collaborative community building and (c) identify ways in which the for-profit sector might become involved in supporting the successful settlement and integration of newcomers.DocumentToronto North LIP (formerly Bathurst-Finch LIP)2011
Outreach to Businesses in the Lawrence Heights NeighbourhoodA survey of local businesses to (a) learn about the experiences, needs, and challenges of the for-profit sector in the areas of business operations and growth, human resource management and corporate citizenship, (b) establish a rapport with businesses in an effort to bring them into the process of collaborative community building and (c) identify ways in which the for-profit sector might become involved in supporting the successful settlement and integration of newcomers.DocumentToronto North LIP (formerly Bathurst-Finch LIP)2011
Pervasive and Profound: The Impact of Income Volatility on CanadiansA public opinion survey conducted on behalf of TD Bank Group to better understand the impact of income volatility on a) overall financial health, stress, and financial confidence b) ability to manage day to day finances and expenses and c) use of debt and ability to save.DocumentTD Bank Group / Ipsos2017
Policy on Removing the "Canadian experience" barrierThis report outlines the Ontario Human Rights Commission policy on Removing the "Canadian Experience" barrier newcomers to Canada face when seeking employment.DocumentOntario Human Rights Commission2013
Popular Employment ScamsA list of some of the more popular employment scams that many newcomers have experienced.DocumentToronto East Quadrant LIPToronto South LIP 
Precarious and low-wage work is Ontario's new normalAn infographic that illustrates the growth of low-wage work in OntarioDocumentWorkers' Action Centre2015
Regulated Non-Health Professions in OntarioA list of regulated non-health professions in Ontario with a link to the regulating body website.DocumentGlobal Experience Ontario - Province of Ontario2016
Research on Barriers to Employment/Attitudinal Changes within society towards immigrantsAn informal look at barriers to employment. Consultations with job developers and employers to get feedback on what they see as the barriers to employment for immigrants.DocumentTSLIP - Systemic Issues and Social Change Committee 
Resilient Neighbourhood EconomiesThis report provides an overview of, and a reflection on, Metcalf Foundations' Resilient Neighbourhood Economies pilot project. It describes the evolution of its strategy and shares the insights the Foundation gleaned regarding local economic place based work and community/foundation partnerships. The developmental evaluation methodology we used over the course of the pilot accelerated and amplified our strategic learning. This report captures what we learned about strategies for improving economic livelihoods of low-income peoples in Toronto.DocumentMetcalf Foundation2016
Settlement, Vulnerability, Sustainability and Financial Literacy: Lessons and implications from a pilot training programA PowerPoint presentation of the findings from the evaluation of financial literacy training for newcomersDocumente-Nova Consulting 
Shadow Economies: Economic Survival Strategies of Toronto Immigrant CommunitiesA research report that looks at how newcomers survive poor labour market access, adverse working conditions, and the broader conditions that make them vulnerable to exploitation. It also looks at the resiliency of newcomers and how they may build new economic opportunities for themselves when conventional ones are denied. This is a story of economic survival and how people cope in hard times inside the shadow economy.DocumentWellesley Institute, Toronto South LIP (formerly Toronto East LIP)2013
Shadow Economies: Economic Survival Strategies of Toronto Immigrant Communities - Summary ReportA summary of the Shadow Economies report with Key Findings and ImpactsDocumentWellesley Institute, Toronto South LIP (formerly Toronto East LIP)2013
Skilled Trades in OntarioA list of the twenty-two compulsory skilled trades in Ontario. These trades require membership in the Ontario College of Trades in order to practice or work legally in Ontario.DocumentGlobal Experience Ontario - Province of Ontario 2016
Smart Employers Talk: Building a Better Economy One Job at a TimeThe proceedings from the day-long conference held in September 2017. The goal of this conference was to provide #smartemployers - who vary in scope and size - an opportunity to share how providing #decentwork and #goodjobs has allowed them to surpass their competition, and ultimately #buildabettereconomy for everyone. These employers' stories demonstrated that supporting a good jobs strategy can result in greater productivity and profitability for businesses, improved job and income security for workers , and decreased inequality and injustice for all of society. DocumentRyerson University2017
Step Up: How to Get Refugees into Work QuicklyThis report sets out how best to get refugees and asylum seekers into work quickly, with a focus on entry-level jobs. Governments, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and businesses provide many different schemes to help refugees get jobs, often without knowing how effective they are. However, there is plenty that they can learn from what works well elsewhere. From research, analysis and evidence from 22 advanced economies that receive substantial numbers of refugees and asylum seekers, this study sets out 16 key policy recommendations, and highlights best practices and promising new approaches.DocumentTENT.org and OpenNetwork.net2017
Still Working on the Edge: Building Decent Jobs from the Ground UpThis report brings workers' experience, knowledge, and voice to the discussion of labour and employment law reforms which the Ontario government launched in February 2015DocumentWorkers' Action Centre2015
Strengthening Financial Literacy for NewcomersA collection of presentation documents and tools geared to settlement workers and organizations to help newcomers understand and manage money wisely in Canada.DocumentFinancial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC)2016
Successful money management, successful settlement, successful nationKeynote speech by Ratna Omidvar for the Forum on Financial Literacy for Newcomers to CanadaDocumentMaytree Foundation2011
Syrian Refugees Jobs AgendaHighlights from, and a guide to help replicate, the Syrian Refugees Jobs Agenda Roundtable convened by Senator Ratna Omidvar. The document also includes an Employer Guide to Hiring Newcomers: Information and ResourcesDocumentHire Immigrants2017
Temporariness in Canada: Establishing a research agendaThis paper provides a critical review of the literature concerning the multiple forms of temporariness in contemporary Canada and examines the diverse groups (asylum seekers, temporary foreign workers and international students) that are entitled to different combination of substantive citizenship rights (if any) and pathways to citizenship.DocumentCERIS2013
The Case for Increasing the Minimum WageThis paper reviews the significant body of academic research about the economic impacts of minimum wages to assess the likely costs and benefits of an increase in BC's minimum wage to $15 per hour.DocumentCanadian Centre for Policy Alternatives2015
The Economic Integration of Refugees in Canada: A Mixed Record?This report is intended to serve two interrelated purposes. First, it provides an overview of t he scope and determinants of the labour-market integration outcomes of refugees who arrived in Canada in the recent past. The second purpose is to highlight lessons that can be drawn from the Canadian experience and that may prove useful to national and local policymakers and service providers, in Canada and elsewhere, as they seek to better understand factors that foster positive labour-market outcomes for refugees and other immigrants.DocumentMigration Policy Institute2017
The Economy and Resilience of Newcomers (EARN): Exploring Newcomer Entrepreneurship - Executive SummaryThe EARN project was initiated to investigate how newcomers fared in developing and maintaining their small businesses through the recession; the personal and economic factors that influenced their decision; as well as exploring the opportunities, challenges and obstacles they encountered. The report also explored whether newcomer women and racialized women faced additional challenges in accessing the labour market through self-employment.DocumentNewcomer Women's Services Toronto, Social Planning Toronto, Toronto Women's City Alliance2014
The Economy and Resilience of Newcomers (EARN): Exploring Newcomer Entrepreneurship - Full ReportThe EARN project was initiated to investigate how newcomers fared in developing and maintaining their small businesses through the recession; the personal and economic factors that influenced their decision; as well as exploring the opportunities, challenges and obstacles they encountered. The report also explored whether newcomer women and racialized women faced additional challenges in accessing the labour market through self-employment.DocumentNewcomer Women's Services Toronto, Social Planning Toronto, Toronto Women's City Alliance2014
The Fight for $15/Hour Across CanadaA video that looks at employees at Pearson Airport and their fight for minimum wage increase.DocumentOperation Maple2015
The Gender Gap: Findings and Directions for Addressing the Position of Immigrant Women in the Labour MarketThis report is one of a series providing highlights from the discussions at the TIEDI roundtables. It contains the primer material that was send to the roundtable participants, as well as key points that arose during discussions.DocumentToronto Immigrant Employment Data Initiative (TIEDI)2012
The Immigration IssueA magazine from the Chartered Professional Accountants Canada focusing on financial issues facing immigrants.DocumentChartered Professional Accountants Canada2016
The Impact of Precarious Legal Status on Immigrants' Economic OutcomesThis IRPP study looks at how immigrants' precarious legal status and exposure to questionable employment practices can negatively affect the economic outcomes of even those immigrants who become permanent residents.DocumentInstitute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP)2012
The Return on Investment on Migration: What is in it for Business? - FULL REPORTThis report contributes to bridging the gap between businesses and migration and builds on The Hague Process' previous experience in addressing private sector involvement in the migration issue.DocumentThe Hague Process on Refugees and Migration2015
The Return on Investment on Migration: What is in it for Business? - STUDY HIGHLIGHTSThis is the Study Highlights of The Return on Investment on Migration: What is in it for Business? report. This report contributes to bridging the gap between businesses and migration and builds on The Hague Process' previous experience in addressing private sector involvement in the migration issue.DocumentThe Hague Process on Refugees and Migration2015
The Working Poor In the Toronto Region: Mapping working poverty in Canada's richest cityGood social policy and programs are clearly important tools in the fight against poverty, and moderation in the growth of the working poor in Toronto is welcome news. But that Toronto has a higher rate of working poverty in 2012 than in 2006, while employment rates fell, is perplexing and troubling. How this happened - shifts, trends, and factors at play - is the subject of this report.DocumentMetcalf Foundation2015
Toronto Employment and Social Services: Employment Centre LocationsA map and list with contact information of the Toronto Employment and Social Services Employment CentresDocumentToronto Employment and Social Services 
Transitioning Temporary Foreign Workers to Permanent Residents: A Case for Better Foreign Credential RecognitionMany of the Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada are potential candidates for permanent residence. However, their eligibility for permanent residence crucially depends on the kinds of jobs they have held in Canada, rather than their actual skills and qualifications. Thus, their access to permanent residence is entirely contingent upon employers recruiting TFWs into jobs commensurate with their skills and education. This paper discusses this issue and recommends that appropriate data on the actual skills and qualifications of TFWs be gathered to ensure that TFWs with similar skills and qualifications are employed appropriately and have similar opportunities to reside permanently in Canada.DocumentCERIS2012
Unlocking New Insights and Potential From Our Technology WorkforceCivicAction surfaced new insights about the technology skills employers are hiring for and assessed how online platforms can offer new information on real-time skills needs. This report summarizes the findings of our research, assess its value in the context of existing sources of Labour Market Indicators, identifies actions being taken by our partners based on our findings to address unmet labour market needs, and suggests areas for further research.DocumentCivicAction2016
Vulnerable Workers and Precarious WorkThis report focuses on the challenges of insecure, low wage employment facing an increasing number of Ontarians resulting from economic, technological and global influences. The report highlights major research on the issues and presents 47 recommendations for change, with a particular emphasis on the Employment Standards Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.DocumentLaw Commission of Ontario2012
Where are the Good Jobs? Ten case stories of "working rough, living poor."This report is based on findings from the third phase research and closely builds on previous reports. The report investigates the gendered barriers and de-professionalization that racialized immigrant women face.DocumentAccess Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services2013
Which Human Capital Characteristics Best Predict the Earnings of Economic Immigrants?This paper addresses two questions. First, what is the relative importance of such observable human capital factors when predicting the earnings of economic immigrants (principal applicants) who are selected through the points system? Second, does the relative importance of these factors vary in the short, intermediate, and long term? Using the Longitudinal Immigration Database, the study finds that the predictive power of immigrant characteristics (measured at landing) changes with years spent in Canada.DocumentStatistics Canada2015
Who Is Still Standing in Line? Addressing a Mismatch of Skills and Jobs in the Canadian Labour MarketThis paper argues the best way to further support the Canadian labour market would be through policies that enhance labour mobility and emphasize skills training to help ensure unemployed Canadians have the right skill set to integrate into the workforce.DocumentCD Howe Institute2013
Who, How and How Much? Recruitment of Guatemalan Migrant Workers to QuebecThe main aim of this report is to inform policymakers and the public about the conditions under which temporary foreign workers (TFWs) are recruited to work in agriculture in Quebec, Canada and the role that recruitment intermediaries play in that process. This report presents the results of a field study conducted between June and November 2015 that sought to document recruitment practices in Guatemala of Guatemalan agricultural workers recruited to Quebec, and suggests steps that can be taken to improve this process.DocumentOn the Move Partnership2017
Working As One: A Workforce Development Strategy for TorontoThis report focuses on ways to better integrate economic development services (aimed at supporting businesses and fostering a dynamic local economy) and employment services (aimed at assisting the under and unemployed to prepare for and secure employment.DocumentCity of Toronto2012
Your Employment Standards Rights: Temporary Help Agency Assignment EmployeesThis information sheet gives a summary of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 rights for assignment employees of temporary help agencies. Available in 12 languages. DocumentOCASI2016
Your Rights Under the Employment Protection for Foreign Nationals ActThis information sheet provides a summary of your rights under the Employment Protection for Foreign Nationals Act, 2009. For example, if you are working or looking for work in Ontario through the federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Available in 12 languages. DocumentOCASI2016
Your Rights Under the Employment Standards ActThis information sheet provides a summary of your rights as a foreign national employed in Ontario under the Employment Standards Act, 2000. Available in 12 languages.DocumentOCASI2016
Youth Employment Partnerships (YEP)List of members contact informationDocumentCity of Toronto2014

Employment Pathway and Services Map Project

Document TitleSorted By Document Title In Ascending OrderDescriptionDocumentPublisherDate
Employment PathwayThis pathway of employment services was developed to provide service providers and clients the opportunity to view the variety of types of available employment services on one page. The purpose is to assist people in making the right decision when choosing an employment program by ensuring they know of all available programs.DocumentToronto South LIP2014
Employment Pathway and Services PresentationA PowerPoint presentation that outlines the project to develop an employment pathway and catalogue of services with corresponding maps.DocumentToronto South LIP2014
Employment Service Catalogue 2014A catalogue with maps of employment services in the Greater Toronto Area.DocumentToronto South LIP2014

Employment and Labour Market Websites

WebsitesSorted By Websites In Ascending OrderDescriptionLinkPublisher
Career PursuitDeveloped by Community Connections Program staff and volunteers, this blog was created as an interactive and new way to support and guide newcomer professionals in their pursuit for their Canadian career.WebsiteWoodGreen Community Services
Closing the Employment Standards Enforcement GapClosing the Employment Standards Enforcement Gap: Improving Employment Standards Protections for People in Precarious Jobs is a collaborative research initiative of seven Ontario universities and 16 cross-Closing partner organizations. Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the five-year project seeks to inform effective employment standards enforcement in OntarioWebsiteYork University
Global Experience OntarioGlobal Experience Ontario can help internationally trained and educated individuals find out how to qualify for professional practice in Ontario. This one-stop centre offers a range of services for internationally educated individuals.WebsiteGovernment of Ontario
Helping Newcomers WorkThis website provides support for Canadians helping refugees find the best work possible. The site is designed to assist those who are private sponsors and welcome groups.WebsiteHelping Newcomers Work
Migrant Worker GuidesThese guides will help migrant workers learn about their rights and what services are available in Ontario. Information about housing, health, everyday life, work permits and legal rightsWebsiteOCASI
National Employment Law ProjectNELP fights for policies to create good jobs, expand access to work, and strengthen protections and support for low-wage workers and the unemployed. They publish research that illuminates worker's issues; promote policies that improve workers lives; lend deep legal and policy expertise to important cases and campaigns; and partner with allies to advance crucial reforms.WebsiteNELP
Neighbourhood Change & Building Inclusive Communities from Within This website is the online home for a major research initiative focussed on long term trends relating to the urban impact of growing income inequality and socio-spatial polarization in Canada and in cities in similar nations.WebsiteUniversity of Toronto
NYC Center for Economic OpportunityThe Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) fights the cycle of poverty in New York City through innovative programs that build human capital and improve financial security.WebsiteThe City of New York
Ontario Centre for Workforce InnovationA leading-edge centre of research excellence that will support the employment and training services sector to help build a skilled, resilient and productive Ontario workforce.WebsiteOntario Centre for Workforce Innovation
Ontario's labour marketThe Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) has redesigned its labour market website.  The new site is easier to use and will help students, job seekers, educators and employers make informed decisions about their careers, education and trainingWebsiteMinistry of Advanced Education and Skills Development
Per ScholasPer Scholas was founded to break the cycle of poverty by providing technology access and education in underserved communities.WebsitePer Scholas Columbus, Ohio
Toronto Immigrant Employment Data Initiative (TIEDI)TIEDI seeks to assist organizations whose mandate includes the better integration of immigrants into Toronto's labour force. The purpose of the project is to provide free access to statistical data and analysis on various aspects of immigrant labour market integration. The project is no longer running, however there are many useful labour market and job sector resources on the website.WebsiteYork University
Toronto Workforce Innovation Group (TWIG)TWIG works to ensure that Toronto is prepared to meet the demands of a changing economy. Their priority is to match the skills in demand with the supply of workers available and build a resilient, competitive and talented workforce.WebsiteToronto Workforce Innovation Group (TWIG)
Workers' Action CentreAn organization that advocates for workers' in Ontario. They organize to protect workers' rights, fight for better wages and working conditions, develop education materials and provide workshops and training sessions for frontline workersWebsiteWorkers' Action Centre