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Careers in the Goods Movement and Supply Chain and Logistics Sector in Hamilton Report Overview For skilled workers ready for a rewarding career, Hamilton’s Goods Movement and Supply Chain and Logistics sector is a bright prospect. It is an industry that thrives in the exact kind of environment Hamilton provides- an established infrastructure with close proximity to major commerce hubs (Niagara region, Toronto and the United States border). No other municipality in Canada is so ideally suited to all four major modes of transportation.

Air- The 24/7 John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport is the largest courier/cargo airport in Canada Water- Hamilton Harbour is the busiest on the Canadian Great Lakes and the 8th busiest in the country Road- Easy Access to several major highways makes Hamilton a gateway for truck transport

The goods movement cluster in Hamilton faces significant Rail- Two prominent railway companies, human resources challenges as we move into the future. Southern Ontario Railway and Canadian While many sectors of the economy are faced with a National Railway, currently operate in tightening labour market due to retirements, for the Hamilton Goods Movement and Supply Chain and Logistics industry this issue is compounded by its negative image. The City of Hamilton’s Goods Movement Study noted issues concerning the appeal of transportation and warehousing as an occupational choice. The image of transportation and the lifestyle choices often required are not attracting young people at an adequate rate. About Workforce Planning Hamilton Workforce Planning Hamilton is a catalyst for economic and labour market development, building solutions and engaging multi-stakeholder alliances. To achieve results for our community in the area of labour market development we work in partnership with a broad range of stakeholders including business, labour and other community partners. We are a member of Workforce Planning Ontario, a network of 25 labour market planning regions covering Ontario. WPH is funded by Employment Ontario-the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Go on-line to to review our many research reports, project activities and other publications.

Air Transportation NAICS 481 In 2006, this sector accounted for 0.32% of the total workforce in Hamilton, compared to 0.27% across Ontario. The careers offered in this sector provide competitive salaries and require a variety of skills and

education. In 2006, almost 70% of the workers in this sector had attained some form of post-secondary education. In addition, most careers in air transportation are regulated by Transport Canada.

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From 2001-2006 employment grew from 240 to 625 people, an increase of 160% in Hamilton

Local employers report low turnover in this industry

High demand for Transport Canada certifications

See pages 10-14 in the Make It Move It Ship It Report for details about the Air Transportation Industry.

Rail Transportation NAICS 482 There were 120 people working in Hamilton’s rail transportation sector in 2006, up 9% from 2001. This sector accounted for 0.06% of the total workforce,

compared to 0.12% across the province. While this sector is relatively small in Hamilton, these numbers are typical across the province.

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9% increase in employment from 2001- 2006

Majority of workers employed in transportation

25% employed in track maintenance jobs

See pages 15-18 in the Make It Move It Ship It Report for details about the Rail Transportation Industry.

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Marine Transportation NAICS 483 According to the 2006 Census, there were 65 people working in marine transportation in Hamilton. This accounted for 0.03% of the total workforce compared to 0.02% across Ontario. There are two sides of business operations in the marine transportation sector: corporate and

shipboard personnel. Most of the jobs in Hamilton reflect the corporate, less traditional side of the industry. However, interviews with local employers indicate high demand for shipboard personnel as well.

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20% of workers are approaching retirement Hamilton is the busiest Canadian Great Lakes port Find out more about the Great Lakes International Marine Training and Research Centre at

See pages 19-23 in the Make It Move It Ship It Report for details about the Marine Transportation Industry.

Truck Transportation NAICS 484 There were 1,915 people working in Hamilton’s truck transportation sector in 2006, accounting for 0.97% of total employment in Hamilton. Overall the

employment profile is predominantly full time, male 34 to 44 years of age, nonimmigrant and high school educated.

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80% of businesses are owner-operated or have less than five employees

Over 1,900 employed in Hamilton

20% of the total workforce in this sector was over 55 years old in 2006

See pages 24-27 in the Make It Move It Ship It Report for details about the Truck Transportation Industry.

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Supply Chain Management and Logistics There are four subsectors that together make up the supply chain management and logistics industry: freight, procurement, operations, and logistics. In Hamilton, the majority of people employed in SCL occupations have attained post-secondary education. The City’s current economic

development strategy suggests that continued growth in traffic congestion and resulting gridlock in the GTA will increase the number of major warehousing and distribution companies looking to relocate to more effective and cost efficient locations.

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More than 13,000 people work in SCL jobs in Hamilton

Most are employed in the transportation and warehousing and wholesale trade sectors

Many employers offer continued education opportunities, allowing employees of all levels to develop skills needed to advance while working

See pages 28-33 in the Make It Move It Ship It Report for details about the Supply Chain Management and Logistics Industry.

Employer Survey Results Employer advice for new entrants in the Goods Movement and Supply Chain and Logistics Sector: “Complete grade 12, always give your best, be reliable” “There are many aspects to driving a transport truck. The student driver needs to ensure he/she is getting the proper training which should include everything needed to be known for the first day on the job with emphasis on safety training” “Drivers need to be prepared to work under present regulations” “Pursue professional development through continuous learning”

See pages 34-36 in the Make It Move It Ship It Report for complete results and recommendations.

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