Alex Ross

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Assessing Labour Market Shortages in the City of Timmins

April 30, 2020 | Alex Ross

With retirement and out-migration coupled with an already ageing population, it is important now than ever to understand the occupations in which these shortages fall. This briefing note provides insight into current and potential future labour market shortages in Timmins, in order to provide a better understanding to decision makers, potential migrants and youth on the labour market situation in Northern communities. These insights are important to ensure that skills shortages are met, in-migrants move to the North for the right jobs, and so that Northern Ontario’s youth prepare themselves for careers that will allow them the option of remaining in their home cities after they graduate.

For the City of Timmins, this paper finds that multiple highly skilled positions have been identified as in need, both based on current labour market indicators and potential future retirements. In management, this includes managers in engineering, sales managers, and managers in transportation. Multiple health related occupations were also identified in Timmins, including physicians, dentists, optometrists, and chiropractors.

Further, auditors, accountants and investment professionals were identified across multiple indicators as being in need, a field which also did not show up on Ontario’s top occupations based on the same indicator. This occupation category also forms a relatively larger portion of the labour market.

 

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