Labour Market Transfer Agreements

Labour market transfer agreements support the design and delivery of provincial-territorial programs and services that respond to the employment needs of all Canadian workers, including persons with disabilities, older workers, low-skilled workers, youth, other underrepresented groups, and employers.

To ensure these agreements continue to be relevant, flexible and responsive to current and emerging labour market needs and priorities, federal, provincial and territorial Labour Market Ministers have led broad-based consultations in the summer of 2016 to gather stakeholder perspectives to inform future investments in employment and skills training programs and services.

Under the FLMM, governments consulted with stakeholders, including organizations representing employers, jobseekers, service providers, underrepresented groups, postsecondary and training institutions, think tanks, and individuals. In July and August 2016, federal, provincial and territorial governments led a series of roundtables and invited stakeholders to share their views on how labour market transfer agreements can better support Canada’s labour markets’ needs. Federal, provincial and territorial governments also undertook their consultations in their own jurisdiction with additional stakeholders.

To guide the consultations, the FLMM developed a discussion paper (PDF) on the changing economic and labour market context in Canada, current labour market transfer agreements, and key discussion themes for the consultations. The paper also includes a series of questions for stakeholders’ considerations.

A consultation summary report was released by Ministers in October 2016.

Innovative and Best Practices

To better serve all Canadians, the FLMM will identify and share innovative and best practices to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of labour market policy and programming.

Efforts will help to strengthen the alignment of skills with labour market needs thereby increasing efficiency. Best practices will include demand side strategies such as employer involvement in training and skills development and approaches that address barriers to labour market participation and inclusion of underrepresented groups.

Performance Management

In 2014, final agreements for the Canada Job Fund, which include the delivery of the Canada Job Grant (CJG)1, have been signed by all provinces and territories. Recognizing the importance of engaging employers in the training systems as a way to improve their labour markets, provinces and territories have worked within the national parameters for the CJG to design programs to address their regional and local labour market needs.

At their November 2014 meeting, Ministers agreed to a plan for conducting a review of the CJG following the first year of implementation to learn from early results and determine whether and how the grant is meeting needs of employers, with a report, including key findings and recommendations, to be submitted to the FLMM in December 2015.

A review was therefore prepared to evaluate whether the Canada Job Grant program is meeting its objectives and if changes to the program parameters are necessary. The Year Two Review (PDF) was completed and is now available.

1. The Agreement between the Government of Quebec and the federal government does not include the implementation of the Canada Job Grant. Consequently, Quebec will act as an observer on the work relating to the review of the Canada Job Grant.