Pandemic Recovery

COVID-19 Initiatives

Pandemic recovery resources for the workforce in Sarnia Lambton

From the onset of the economic impact of the pandemic, SLWDB recognized the importance of supporting local employers and job seekers through this tumultuous period. SLWDB  continues to collaborate with a number of community partners on several initiatives designed to help businesses navigate these uncertain times.

Scenario Planning

SLWDB spearheaded an initiative to define the future workforce. Through collaborative effort with key partners across economic sectors and community service providers, scenarios representing what the future workforce may look like are being designed to serve as foundations for sector specific plans of actions to support the workforce. The action plans will provide guidance on how businesses can mitigate possible negative impacts of COVID-19 on our labour force over a short, intermediate and long-term time frame based on the direction and pace of the post-pandemic economic recovery. They will also outline strategies to harness opportunities for our labour force and economy arising post-COVID-19 over a short, intermediate and long-term time frame. To read the final report, including a sector-specific historical on the impacts of COVID-19 on Sarnia Lambton to date, click HERE.

Post-Pandemic Workforce & Economic Recovery in Sarnia LambtonWhile we continue to identify immediate challenges to overcome and opportunities to seize, the next step in supporting our businesses and their workforce is to provide guidance on developing a recovery strategy that will create resiliency for the upcoming years. Continued uncertainty about the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as its long-term impacts on the global economy mean that a scenario-based approach is required to plan proactively for these stages of recovery. Our priority is to ensure the sustainability and growth of our labour force in Sarnia Lambton. The blueprint generated through this project serves as a guide for local employers to understand and prepare for the potential challenges and opportunities awaiting the local labour force beyond the era of COVID-19.




Sector-specific summary reports:

Sector-specific summary reports highlighting the local impacts of COVID-19 on each sector’s workforce, local labour force and skills shortages, and recommendations for strengthening our local workforce can be viewed by clicking on the sector titles:

The reports are accompanied by an interactive online dashboard.  This data tool has been designed to provide up to date statistics regarding the economic and public health recovery from the COVID-19 crisis based on key scenario indicators that determine the scenario-based labour market outcomes.


WPW Scenario Planning Title Page

In collaboration with eight workforce planning boards making up Workforce Planning West, SLWDB released the Workforce Planning West Scenario Planning Labour Market Action Plan . This scenario-based strategic plan considers the economic diversity and inter-connectivity of the region as we move beyond the economic uncertainty into the recovery phase of the public health crisis.  To read the report, including a sector-specific recommendations for industries in Southwestern Ontario, click HERE.





Sarnia-Lambton COVID-19 Business and Economic Task Force:

Committee comprised of the Sarnia Lambton Economic Partnership, the Sarnia Lambton Business Development Corporation, Tourism Sarnia Lambton, the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, and the Grand Bens and Area Chamber of Commerce. These organizations support economic and workforce development that meet weekly to collect, coordinate and disseminate information on strategies and implement programs to mitigate the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on employers and our workforce.

COVID-19 Worker Survey:

SLWDB launched a survey designed to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the local workforce.

Business Impact of COVID-19 Survey:

SLWDB supported the development and dissemination of a business survey designed to capture a snapshot of the challenges presented by the pandemic on business operations.

Shop Lambton Map:

SLWDB supported an initiative to launch an interactive online map of local retail and service delivery businesses at no charge to owners/operators. The aim was to create an easy to navigate visual database of local business information including hours of operations and contact protocols for services to promote and support the SHOP LOCAL campaign.

List of locally available resources and initiatives for post-pandemic workforce and economic recovery in Sarnia Lambton.

  • For a list of COVID-19 Resources for Businesses as offered Federally, Provincially, and Locally, click here.
  • Access the Enhanced Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program here.
  • Access the Human Resources Professionals Association of Canada COVID-19 resource page here.
  • Access Employer Support Programs for the territory covering Chatham-Kent, Sarnia-Lambton and the Town of Leamington here.