NTAB’s Partnerships for 2022-2023

Partnership:  Mining Support and Service Sector Needs in Northwestern Ontario 

Description:  Develop and administer a survey/research tool to reach out to The Mining Support and Services Sector (Employers/Contractors) to collect information regarding current and future workforce trends and needs.  From the data collected, we will deliver a comprehensive report outlining the potential workforce needs for future sector requirements.


  • Development of a database of Mining Support and Service Employers/Contractors within Northwestern Ontario
  • Development and distribution of survey/research instruments
  • Key informant interviews
  • Consultations with other stakeholders (i.e. community partners, mining research companies, community colleges, etc.)
  • Development of results in a comprehensive report
  • Share report with participants, stakeholders and other interested parties

As many mining sector employers already struggle in recruiting and retaining their employees, many question what the future of their recruitment base will look like, in relation to evolving technology and ongoing retention issues.  This project will study and collect data from various mining support services to present future workforce and training needs, with the objective to develop a baseline to identify emerging career opportunities and further, to determine what new skills and training will be required.

Issue and Priority:  With emerging employment opportunities in Northwestern Ontario, particularly in the mining support and services sector, employers need to be prepared to retain current employees, offer required training and determine future workforce needs, while remaining competitive in a job seekers market.  Most mining innovations are focussed on improving safety, minimizing workforce injury and risk, mitigating environmental impacts and reducing cost. As a result, it is a delicate balance between what is currently needed and what type of workforce skills will be required to support and sustain the industry going forward.  When the mining and supply sector merges with the ICT/high tech sector, it is clear that rapid growth of new innovations and technologies will impact on jobs in the mining and mining supply services sectors in the next 3-5 years.

Expected Outcomes:  This project will be beneficial to highlight those needs and give employers and training providers an outlook of potential future trends and requirements to anticipate prospective opportunities for existing and new employees.  Summarization of collected data throughout the project, with a final report that will act as a resource for participants (mining support and service employers), many interested parties and all involved.

Partners:  NTAB and NSWPB (North Superior Workforce Planning Board) as the lead, Mining Companies, Local Employers, Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development Professionals and Training Providers.

Partnership:  LBS Broader Distribution and Promotion

Description:  Actively participate in all planning meetings to determine next steps and collaborate with planning partners to support all activities required to successfully complete the deliverable and achieve the forecasted outcomes.  Participate in one or more LNO meetings to finalize BP collaboration; via virtual discussions.  Share the three papers: Modernizing Skilled Trades & Apprenticeship, Compendium of Skilled Trades Resources and LBS Best Practices, Compendium of Workforce- Workplace Resources and LBS Practices.  Support/participate in other RNs’ Apprenticeship and/or WF/WP deliverables’ activities.  Collaborate with partners to further inform supports, service coordination, and program delivery.  Support SMWDB’s deliverable: Skilled Trades Update Seminar; partake in 2 webinars to help inform employers and job seekers about the new regulations surrounding apprenticeships.

Issue and Priority:  The employment and apprenticeship goal paths have both been identified by LBS agencies and regional networks as an area for capacity building.  This project will promote connections between EO partners, (LBS, ES, local boards etc.) and employers and also support high quality delivery of workforce and entry into the skilled trades.

Expected Outcomes:  Enhanced service coordination capacity and understanding of the LBS program’s role in providing support and training for learners on the Apprenticeship and Employment goal paths.

Partners:  Literacy Northwest as the lead, Mid-North Network, Literacy Network Northeast, Contact North, CentreFORA, NSWPB, LBS Regional Networks, Provincial Support Networks, Quill.

Partnership: Volunteer Resource Booklet

Description:  NTAB will create and distribute a valuable resource booklet that will highlight our two districts’ volunteer activities and showcase community volunteer opportunities for youth, job seekers and the general public.

This will be a tool for students, teachers, guidance counsellors, Employment Services, Literacy and Basic Skills Services, Social Services and individuals. This will also be a way to reach out to community stakeholders, network and ensure that all of our new contacts have a good understanding of the work that we do; how they can use it while also creating more exposure for future partnership activities.

Issue and Priority:  Volunteer work is the perfect base to create experiences and enhance transferrable skills. If we can engage our youth and encourage them to get more involved within our communities, we may see less “out-migration” and more opportunities for individuals to thrive within their own home towns/communities.  Secondary school students also have a minimum number of volunteer/community hours to complete throughout their high school careers and this tool will be a valuable resource to educate them on what opportunities are available.

Expected Outcomes:  NTAB will be distributing these booklets through the use of the local Chambers of Commerce, schools/educational institutions, community service centres and all of the Employment Ontario Service providers.

Partners:  NTAB as the lead – share with our partners, stakeholders and community members in both the Kenora and Rainy River Districts.

Partnership: Promotion of Career Compass Northwest

Description:  Hosting virtual tutorials on how to utilize our website, featuring our Career Compass Northwest job data tools platform ( ).

NTAB joined 23 other regions who already utilize the same cooperative data platform last year.  This project will formalize the launch of our website tools/platform and show our region the data hub for hiring demand and job search activities so the aggregated data can be used by industry, education, training, media, and the general public.

These tutorials will showcase our website tools to educational services, Employment Services, Literacy and Basic Skills Services, Social Services and other community stakeholders. This project will allow us to demonstrate what our region has to offer to newcomers, individuals and families that have transferred into our areas.

Issue and Priority:  We hear a lot about jobs, unemployment, and wages; however, our ability to understand what is actually happening in the labour market can be impeded by lack of access to real-time data. Our platform collects job postings from multiple websites and sources so they can be consolidated, de-duplicated, aggregated, and searched by jobseekers and various community partners.

Expected Outcomes:  NTAB will be showcased as the central hub for local labour market trends, employment opportunities and community comparisons; able to demonstrate local stats on job postings, career potentials and community supports available.

Partners:  NTAB as the lead – share with our partners, stakeholders and community members in both the Kenora and Rainy River Districts.

NTAB’s Partnerships for 2021-2022

BUS1195 Business Compensation & Workplace Practice – Custom Survey:

Description:  Develop and administer a compensation, benefits and workplace practice survey that incorporates compensation challenges, human resource challenges, a review of compensation paid in common roles, a market analysis of benefits offerings, as well as vacation, sick leave and other HR practices.

Why this is a Priority? As many employers struggle to remain competitive in recruiting and retaining their employees, many question what the median components are in salaries, benefits and other incentives in relation to their current human resource practices.  This project will study and collect data from various fields and occupations in our area to generate a report to all participants and to share publicly.  This will be a beneficial resource to our local businesses, stakeholders and job seekers.

In a job seekers market, many factors come into play when applying for positions, throughout the recruitment process and deciding to accept an offer from an employer.  This project will in turn be beneficial to employers who want to remain competitive and fair to their staff.

Expected Outcome:  Summarization of collected data throughout the project, with a final report that will act as a resource for many interested parties and all involved.

Key Partners:  NTAB as the lead, Chambers of Commerce, Local Employers

Status:  Partnership completed.

Review Report HereBusiness Compensation and Workplace Practice Custom Survey Report

SPM68 Employment Ontario Service Providers Collaboration and Sharing of Best Practices:  

Description:  Employment Services/Literacy and Basic Skills Services – Host a series of virtual forums (3), with the final in the fall to be held in person (global COVID-19 pandemic restrictions permitting), to allow for the Kenora and Rainy River District E.O.S.P.’s to collaborate and form linkages for mutual clients and work together to form cohesive holistic approaches to better serve their communities’ needs.

Why this is a Priority?  Hosting a place where EOSP’s can communicate, develop partnerships, share success stories and develop solutions to address the needs of their mutual clients can in turn strengthen the links between local Employment Service and Literacy and Basic Skills Providers to work together in unity.  This will benefit their clients, potentially attract new clients, increase referrals and strengthen relationships amongst the group.

Expected Outcome:  During NTAB’s EOSP’s Sharing of Best Practices held in the fall of 2020, it was identified that there is a gap to fill and that the global COVID-19 pandemic has further affected their outcomes for clients and ability to meet their performance measurement commitments.  By forming stronger partnerships and linkages between programs, these forums will create an atmosphere to draw out solutions, collaboration and unity between the local ES and LBS providers.

Key Partners:  NTAB as the lead with all of the Employment Ontario Service Providers in the Kenora and Rainy River Districts.

Status:  Partnership completed.

BUS1194 COVID-19 Tourism Modification Toolkit:  


As the original Covid-19 Tourism Modification Project evolved, research and development continued to develop a toolkit for the tourism industry to utilize for recovery.   This partnership would be the continued effort that is needed to implement the toolkit and other aids to support the tourism industry.

With the realization that their current facilities and operations will need modifications to properly re-open, the Sioux Lookout Economic Development Office and regional partners agreed to engage in a pilot project in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.  Now that this project has been successful, it is evolving into progressive stages.  A toolkit for employers and stakeholders will be created to assist with various impacts and issues from financial loss to staffing; ultimately trying to move their businesses into the next tourist season with positive solutions.

Why this is a Priority?  Tourist lodges in Northwestern Ontario had been successfully operating using American-oriented business models for decades, primarily hosting guests from the United States.  The impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic has left many tourist lodges without an entire revenue for their 2020 season.  With the uncertainty of the upcoming season and whether the Canada/U.S. border will remain closed, many businesses need various levels of support to recover and some are concerned that they will be forced to close indefinitely.

Expected Outcome: The toolkit development will combine direct stakeholder and three levels of government’s feedback and regional analysis.  This will be a valuable resource for the tourism industry to access information, reach out to interested parties and maintain their businesses with a hopeful and positive outlook.

Key Partners:  Sioux Lookout Chamber of Commerce, Municipality of Sioux Lookout, NTAB

Status:  Partnership completed.

Review Report Here:  COVID-19 Tourism Modification Pilot Project

BUS1196 Professional Development Virtual Workshops:  


These workshops address the issue of difficulties with work styles and communication and also address how best to deal with motivating and engaging employees during difficult times such as the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Session One:
Working with Others – Understanding Communication Styles:
This workshop has been designed to enhance the participants’ ability to deal more effectively with people whether they are colleagues, clients, more senior managers, or others outside of the organization.

Session Two:
Motivating & Engaging Your Team During Challenging Times (For Managers Only)
Studies suggest employees regulate the amount of effort they are willing to put into their jobs based on how they feel they are being treated. The key as managers is to unlock that discretionary effort.

Why this is a Priority? To provide relevant, beneficial and necessary professional development to those who are leading staff, supporting businesses and managing clientele to continue to recover and prosper from issues related to these trying times.

Expected Outcome:

Session One starts with participants assessing their own communication style and consider the impact differences in style have on other behaviours at work, especially as they relate to stress. Activities and exercises are used to explore and apply the material to workplace interactions which they find particularly difficult. Flexing one’s style to bring out the best in each other is emphasized throughout the session.

Session Two is a highly participatory session that focuses on answering the following questions: what do employees want, what motivates them, why is employee engagement important, what are the costs associated with ‘disengagement’, what is the role of the front-line supervisor, and, ultimately, what can be done to retain great staff? Particular attention is paid to the added challenge of motivating others during difficult times with a focus on engagement and retention strategies.

Key Partners:  NTAB, Local Employers and Employees

Status:  Partnership completed.

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