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Re-engaging Retreated Worker Survey Report


After analyzing the participation rates in the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula Economic Region it was noted that 6,000 workers retreated from the workforce in March of 2020 and were no longer participating in the workforce.

With close to 90% of the available workforce between the ages of 25 – 54 (Labour Force Survey 2021 Custom Data Purchase) already participating it is more important than ever to re-engage the workers who have retreated. What was creating this large number of workers to retreat from the workforce? Why are they opting out and how can we entice, support or provide them training to return?

The Retreated Workers survey was designed to find the answers to these questions.


Our goal was to reach a minimum of 100 respondents; we received 112 surveys from workers in the Grey, Bruce, Huron, and Perth regions. The survey itself was digital, sent to numerous partners and community services within the Four County catchment area.

Attached Full Report in PDF Version

Retreated Workers Report 2023 FINAL-Jan23
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