After months of collaborative efforts, the Prince Edward Island Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning is pleased to have the final version of Engaging Our Workforce for Today and into the Future – 2016-2019 Strategic Plan.
Please find the electronic version of the plan here.
Annual statistical review provides snapshot of province's progress
The 43rd edition gathers data from provincial government departments, the private sector and Statistics Canada to provide a socio-economic snapshot of Prince Edward Island. More than 100 data tables outline the province’s economic performance in 2016.
Highlights of the 2016 Annual Statistical Review:
- Island population as of July 1, 2016 was 148,649, an increase of 1.3 per cent over 2015
- 2016 economic growth of 2.4 per cent
- Total labour income increased by 3.6 per cent
- Lobster landings reached 30.6 million pounds, valued at $193.6 million
- Farm cash receipts valued $487.0 million, an increase of 2.1 per cent
- Consumer price index increased by 1.2 per cent
- Retail sales increased by 7.7 per cent, the highest among provinces
- Housing starts totalled 556, a slight decrease of 0.4 per cent
- New motor vehicle sales in 2016 numbered 8,768 and valued $287.1 million, both all-time highs
- International exports increased by 1.1 percent, to $1.3 billion
- Employment averaged 71,500, a decrease of 1,700 or 2.3 per cent
- Unemployment rate averaged 10.7, an increase of 0.3 percentage points over 2015
Quick facts about Workforce and Advanced Learning
Quick facts about Workforce and Advanced Learning
- Created in May 2015
- Has approximately 80 employees
- Responsible for four divisions:
- Post Secondary and Continuing Education
- Labour Market Research
- Office of Recruitment and Settlement
- Responsible for one agency: Employment Development Agency
What will help youth establish a career on PEI
Recently, youth ages 16 to 34 had their voices heard at an event called YDAY at Holland College in Charlottetown. Over 100 youth from high schools, colleges, and UPEI discussed suggestions to make PEI an attractive place to work, grow, and thrive.
This day gave youth opportunities to share ideas that policy makers and businesses can use to better address the needs of the youth labour market, and to shape future policy and programs.
- Six leading Islanders talked about their personal experiences of working, growing and thriving on PEI.
- Premier Wade MacLauchlan addressed many issues that were brought to the forefront and opened the floor to questions.
- Speakers, an artist, and the facilitator helped the youth to openly discuss their ideas by establishing a sense of hope and a feeling of being heard.
Comments from two youth: what would help them establish a career on PEI
Keyshawn Bonamy is from the Bahamas, and is studying economics at UPEI, with an interest in law. “I would love to stay in Canada and contribute to PEI if there are opportunities here,” he says. “I came here because I didn’t want to go to a bigger city. A place like PEI is perfect.”
He says a school advisor at his high school in the Bahamas talked to him about his career choices. “Corporate law came up, and I was interested enough to take steps in that direction.”
Keyshawn spoke about his need to find work on PEI after he completes his studies. “I need to become more aware of my work options on PEI and not lose sight of that as I continue with my education.”
Islam Ahmed, originally from Sudan, was born and raised in Dubai and moved to PEI in 2012. “This discussion today is beneficial for the growth, development, and retention of youth on the Island.
“One thing I have noticed is the matter of retention. This is an issue not just on PEI but in every country, as residents tend to travel and like more sophisticated metropolitan cities rather than investing in and contributing to develop their cities to become a destination.”
He has a pre-engineering diploma, has worked in the aviation industry on PEI, and now works for Rogers Telecommunication. “I have to make some decisions about whether to continue engineering studies and get my degree.”
Now that Islam has had experience working on the Island, he says there is much more to learn. “I find it hard to learn about job options on PEI, so coming to this YDAY event has given me many more options to consider. Creating your own work is very much an interest of mine, so hearing about Startup Zone makes me want to find out more about it.
“Youth need to be more aware of their career options, and we can create our destiny no matter where we are.” Islam says PEI is a very appealing place to live and create a business. “My direction seems to be more illuminated after attending YDAY. The event has given me more assurance that PEI is the right place to stay.”
About youth initiatives on PEI
The Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning is leading two ongoing Island-wide initiatives revolving around youth engagement:
- The Youth Futures Council is a province-wide youth advisory body created to help focus policy and programs in a manner that best serves the interests of young Islanders.
- YDAY will be an ongoing initiative aimed at providing the “youth lens” to the work of the Council for the upcoming year.
YDAY was a result of funding and partnership from the Government of PEI through the Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning and from the Department of Economic Development and Tourism, the Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce, the University of PEI, Holland College, and Collège Acadie.
For more about YDAY, visit www.yday.ca
Learn more about SkillsPEI programs and view videos of success stories: http://skillspei.com/success-stories