• A Resilient and Productive Ontario

    A Resilient and Productive Ontario

    Funded by the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation will be a leading-edge centre of research and innovation excellence that will support the employment and training sector to help build a skilled, resilient and productive Ontario workforce.
  • A Community of Practice

    A Community of Practice

    The Centre will engage with the employment and training community to identify and prioritize research and capacity-building needs from the sector’s perspective, test innovative approaches in service delivery, and set up several communities of practice to share evidence-based best approaches.
  • Connecting Employers with Service Providers

    Connecting Employers with Service Providers

    The centre will help to connect employers with service providers to define workforce priorities and match labour market supply to demand. It will realign programming based on evidence, focused on better client outcomes in order to help more Ontarians get and keep jobs, adjust more nimbly to labour market changes, develop measurable skills for meaningful and sustainable employment, and address skills mismatches.
  • Pilots and Demonstration Projects

    Pilots and Demonstration Projects

    The Centre will test and evaluate new and innovative approaches through research, pilot and demonstration projects, and will share the results with the communities of practice. This will help to build capacity as well as improve coordination, integration and access.
  • Decentralized Hub Approach

    Decentralized Hub Approach

    The Centre will operate one central location in Toronto to create a single coordinated access point for research, evidence-based employment and training approaches. It will also have four Regional Hubs to effectively and efficiently serve the needs of diverse populations and communities province-wide: North (Thunder Bay), East (Kingston) and West (London) and Francophone (Sudbury). Each hub will have its own regional coordinator to help provide local solutions to local problems.
  • Consultative and Inclusive

    Consultative and Inclusive

    The Centre will continuously engage stakeholders across Ontario’s workforce development system to better understand their capacity and challenges, recognizing geographic differences and place-based approaches in order to deliver evidence-based solutions on local issues. This approach will enhance existing networks and support a community of practice, linking employers and service providers.

Upcoming Events

Webinar: Call for Research and Evaluation Proposals

Thursday, June 30, 2016 from 5-6PM EST

The webinar will launch the OCWI research call for proposals – phase one. The webinar will include the mandate of the OCWI and guidelines for the first call for proposals.  It will also aim to provide website subscribers a super quick explanation of the Centre, current activities and ways in which website subscribers can engage in the network, join a consultation or support the research mandate.   Following the high level overview, the OCWI representative(s) will take Q & A from the audience.

The format will be as follows:
Presentation/OCWI Overview – 30 minutes
Q and A Session – 15 minutes

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Feb 26, 2016 – thewhig.com – Province announces new initiatives – Article Link

Feb 26, 2016 – exchangemagazine.com – New Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation launches – Article Link

Feb 25, 2016 – Gravelle proud of Ontario budget – Article Link

Feb 26, 2016 – Ryersonian – Ryerson a leader in workforce innovation – Article Link

Feb 25, 2016 – tbnewswatch – Chamber president grades Ontario budget – Article Link

Feb 23, 2016 – sudburystar.ca – Sudbury home to francophone centre for workforce innovation – Article Link

Feb 24, 2016 – theeyeopener.com – Ryerson and MTCU tackle the economy – Article Link

Feb 22, 2016 – yahoo.ca – New Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation — Article Link

Feb 23, 2016 – metronews.ca – Closing the gaps between employers and job seekers — Article Link