SASKATOON, May 12, 2014 /CNW/ - Scott Armstrong, Parliamentary Secretary
to the Minister of Employment and Social Development, today hosted two
roundtables on how to strengthen the Labour Market Development
Agreements (LMDAs). This is part of a series of roundtables, in
cooperation with provincial and territorial governments, across Canada.
As part of its plan for creating jobs, economic growth, and long-term
prosperity, the Government of Canada is committed to transforming LMDAs
to reorient training toward labour market demand. It is expected that
the new LMDAs will better connect Canadians with available jobs by
ensuring they have access to training for the skills employers need.
Funded through the Employment Insurance (EI) program, the Government of
Canada transfers over $2 billion annually to the provinces and
territories through the LMDAs to provide skills training to EI clients
and employment services to all unemployed Canadians.
The roundtables give governments, employers, and other stakeholders an
opportunity to discuss how to make the LMDAs more employer-driven and
responsive to the needs of the labour market. The roundtables also give
the Government of Canada valuable insight on local skills shortages and
Saskatchewan has the lowest unemployment rate in Canada at 3.4 percent,
which is below the national rate of 6.9 percent (Statistics Canada
Labour Force Survey, April 2014).
Saskatchewan expects to need 35,000 new workers and almost 60,000
replacement workers in sectors such as construction, manufacturing,
mining, oil and gas in the next five years (2013 Saskatchewan
As the single largest labour market transfer to provinces and
territories, LMDAs help over 600,000 Canadians every year.
Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes several measures to create jobs and
opportunities, such as the Canada Job Grant, the Canada Apprentice
Loan, and supporting under-represented groups, including youth and
"Through Economic Action Plan 2014, our Government continues to create
jobs and pave the way for long-term prosperity by putting skills
training at the forefront. The new generation of Labour Market
Development Agreements will result in greater employer involvement in
training to ensure that Canadians are equipped with the skills
employers need now and in the future. "
- Scott Armstrong, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment
and Social Development
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
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Office of the Minister
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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