HALIFAX, May 23, 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). These were part of a series of roundtables being
held across Canada in cooperation with provincial and territorial
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.
LMDAs are 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 into local skills shortages
Nova Scotia's Fiscal Update Forecast (December 2013) reports that gross
domestic product growth is expected to increase by 2 percent in 2014
due to major projects such as the Halifax Convention Centre and
Encana's Deep Panuke Offshore Gas Project.
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 older
"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: Canada's Economic Action Plan
For further information:
Office of the Minister
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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