What We Do
The Toronto Workforce Innovation Group examines data, synthesizes research, and seeks input from practitioners and policymakers to strengthen our workforce development system
Toronto is one of the world’s best cities in which to live and work. Yet, despite our prosperity, a significant share of the city’s low-income residents lack the opportunities and the skills necessary to improve their economic situation. Workforce Development can be a key lever in supporting individuals and families to improve their economic status. At TWIG, we constantly explore and promote effective workforce development and planning strategies that improve the economic well-being of Torontonians.
TWIG understands the importance of the relationships between industry trends, labour market information and other economic and demographic factors. A thorough analysis of Toronto’s economy can reveal critical information to help guide individual job seekers and be used to inform local workforce strategic planning and action.
Disruptive technology, an aging workforce, and the emergent gig economy are all changing the nature of work in Toronto. To plan effectively, we need to understand the scale of these changes and explore the implications of these new dynamics. Working with a range of partners, TWIG documents these changes and looks for the likely opportunities and risks for workers and employers alike.
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Toronto's 2016 Labour Force Landscape
Toronto’s 2016 Labour Force Landscape looks at ongoing and emergent workforce development trends effecting industry, employment and working conditions and is designed help to inform workforce program and policy directions for the coming year.
95 Months Later: Turbulent times in toronto's labour market
TWIG's latest report is a reflective, comparative analysis between pre-recession Toronto (95 months ago) and current issues and trends. The report breaks down Toronto's labour force using criteria such as educational attainment, age and earnings. TWIG then compares and contrasts their findings to not only come to a few surprising results, but also to pose important questions to be asked by Toronto's, and Canada's, current and future leaders.
Gathering labour force data and making the information accessible to stakeholders involved in workforce development is one of the primary responsibilities of the Toronto Workforce Innovation Group.The Local Labour Market Update: Toronto’s Opportunities and Priorities (TOP) Report is one initiative we take to fulfill that responsibility.
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"One of the best sources for information and insight about where the jobs are and where they are emerging in Toronto, is the Toronto Workforce Innovation Group (TWIG). One of 25 “workforce planning groups” found across Ontario, TWIG is financially supported by the provincial government and governed by representatives from business, labour, education, and some special interest communities." - Learning Curves, 2013
TWIG is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario