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New Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation

TORONTOFeb. 22, 2016 /CNW/ – A consortium of partners led by Ryerson University is pleased to announce a new Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation (OCWI). The initiative is funded by a $7.5 million grant over two years from the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

The OCWI will offer a single, coordinated access point for research on evidence-based employment and training approaches for key stakeholders in Ontario. Recent studies point to an urgent need to recalibrate employment service systems to better align with employer demands and needs. The Centre is bringing together partners across the workforce development ecosystem to bridge supply and demand side perspectives and reflect diverse interests.

The Centre’s overarching goals are to address employer needs for talent and Ontario’s most urgent workforce development challenges related to underemployment and unemployment. In addition, the OCWI will both conduct research and develop innovative projects and approaches to help address Ontario’s labour market needs.

The initiative brings together leading employment organizations, academia and business associations that are committed to building employment capacity using the latest evidence-based approaches. The partners include: the Ontario Chamber of Commerce; the Workforce Planning Ontario Network; Humber College, Collège Boréal, Ontario Disability Employment Network, Social Capital Partners, George Brown College, COFA (Coalition for Adult Training in Ontario), Ryerson UniversityLakehead University and Brock University.

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