Moderator: Kate Burns Gallagher; Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus
Moderator: Blake Landry, Niagara Region
A1/B1 Design Lab: Early Learning & Childcare Workforce
Throughout 2023, 7 communities across Ontario have hosted Design Labs to raise awareness and foster new, collaborative networks pertaining to quality childcare as economic development infrastructure. We’ve brainstormed solutions to address the challenge of ELCC workforce sustainability and will use this session to further develop those ideas.
Whether or not you’ve engaged in this particular workforce challenge yet or not, the insights gleaned from this session can be applied across jobs in the caring economy (and beyond!)
Speaker/Facilitator: Rachel Crane, Workforce Collective
A2: Innovation in training & skills development to address the skills gap
This session will explore innovative models for skills development that engage educators, employers, and other stakeholders in closing those gaps.
A3: Systems thinking in employment services delivery
Ontario’s employment services system— and the world of work in general— is undergoing transformation. This session will explore how to center the jobseeker & employee client amid this transformation as well as lessons learned as we strive to achieve a more integrated system.
B2: Addressing barriers for marginalized groups
Youth, women, immigrants, and racialized individuals—all key groups within our labour market— face barriers to meaningful employment and career advancement.
This session will explore how we can work together to address barriers like bias and discrimination while also improving access to wraparound supports, like mental health care and child care.
B3: Decent work to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth
Decent work is about more than providing fair wages and benefits. It also entails building on the values that drive work in our communities and having the mechanisms in place to foster fair, stable, and productive employment.
This session will explore “possibility models” for decent work and what it takes to grow decent work practices.
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm