Survey Objective:

The Ministry of Training, College and Universities (MTCU) has asked all workforce planning boards across Ontario to ask local employers who hire in the skilled trades which skilled trades are most in demand, challenges they have experienced with hiring and ways to improve the apprenticeship system.
As a workforce planning board, The Labour Market Group would like to ask local employers, like you, to complete this survey to help us better understand what the needs are in the Nipissing and Parry Sound Districts.
Importance of Employer Input:

Your input is essential to help:
  • find ways to identify and address the shortage of qualified workers in the skilled trades;
  • better align local employment and training programs with the needs of local industry; and
  • contribute to efforts to ensure the availability of a highly skilled and trained workforce in our Northern communities.
Completing the Survey: 
  • Please answer all questions as accurately and completely as possible.
  • The survey should take about 15 to 20 minutes to complete.


This survey has been designed to protect your identity.  All answers will be treated in strict confidence and will be used for statistical purposes and published in aggregate form only. A copy of the results will be made available at in December 2019, following the completion of the report on our local area.  If you would like to have a copy of the report, please provide your email address at the end of this survey.


NOC - Stands for The National Occupational Classification, a standardized language for describing the work performed by Canadians in the labour market.

Compulsory Trade - A trade in which registration as an apprentice, journeyperson candidate or certification as a journeyperson is mandatory. There are currently 23 skilled trades that are designated “compulsory."

Voluntary Trade - A trade in which certification and College membership are not legally required to practice the trade.

Certified Journeyperson - A certified Journeyperson who has met the requirements of training and formalized schooling to achieve certification. Due to this certification, a journeyperson is allowed to act as a trainer and mentor to a registered apprentice in the same trade. They are entitled to the wages and benefits associated with that trade. 

Apprentices - A trainee who is enrolled in a post-secondary program and is completing a combination of on-the-job training and classroom learning that leads to a trade credential. 

Not a Certified Journeyperson or Apprentices - A person who has not completed a formalized post-secondary certificate in a particular trade and is not an apprentice by definition.

Need Help?

If you need help to complete the survey, have any questions, or would like someone to ask you the questions directly, please contact our office and one of our interviewers will contact you to arrange a convenient time.

Contact us at:

The Labour Market Group
Tel: 705-474-0812 or 1-877-223-8909

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