TORONTO, July 23, 2014 /CNW/ - Scott Armstrong, Parliamentary Secretary
to the Minister of Employment and Social Development, today hosted a
roundtable on how to strengthen the Labour Market Development
Agreements (LMDAs). This is part of a series of roundtables that Mr.
Armstrong will host, 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 strengthening
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
According to various economists, employment in Ontario is on the rise;
it is expected to grow by up to 1.9% between 2014 and 2015.
In 2013-2014 the Government of Canada transferred over $833 million to
the province of Ontario for skills training, including more than $565
million for unemployed Canadians through the LMDA.
As the single largest labour market transfer to provinces and
territories, LMDAs help over 600,000 Canadians every year.
Economic Action Plan 2014 also proposes several measures to create jobs
and opportunities, such as the Canada Job Grant, the Canada Apprentice
Loan and support for 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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Employment and Social Development Canada
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