The results are important. This is why these agreements involve an obligation to measure performance. This means that Canada and British Columbia will be able to measure how these programs increase people`s incomes, help them get time-long jobs, and remove barriers for under-represented groups such as Aboriginal people, people with disabilities and women. The Canadian government will report to Canadians on the impact of these programs so that they are transparent and can be continually improved. Labour Market Development Agreements (LMDA) are bilateral agreements with each province and territory to design and make available employment programs, similar to the employment and support measures outlined in Part II of the Employment Insurance Act. LMDAs help unemployed Canadians find jobs quickly and return to work. They also provide a skilled workforce that meets the current and emerging needs of employers. These agreements represent an increase of $2.7 billion over this period over previous funding levels. This increase means that an estimated 730,000 workers will benefit more over the past six years. The costs that can be divided under federal and regional agreements are detailed and complex.
In simple terms, the costs directly related to the preparation, realization and maintenance of employment are generally paid for. All expenses related to an individual`s training plan must be approved. With these new agreements, the Canadian government is ensuring that these programs benefit more people than before, including people from groups that are typically under-represented in our staff, such as people with disabilities, women and Aboriginal people. The agreements announced today are the new Labour Development Agreement (WDA) and the Labour Market Development Agreement (LMDA). In the first two years, British Columbia will receive approximately $844 million – more than $211 million through the WDA and nearly US$633 million through the LMDA. In 2018, Manitoba has again entered into bilateral labour market transfer contracts with the Canadian government. The new Labour Development Agreement (WDA) consolidated and replaced the previous agreement on the Canada-Manitoba Labour Fund and the Disability Labour Market Agreement (DMA). The amendments to the agreements were made aware of large-scale consultations in Panama and collaborative discussions between the federal, provincial and territorial governments. The WDA provides greater flexibility that allows Manitoba to design and deliver programs that meet the individual needs of clients and the labour market.
Every Canadian deserves a fair and equal chance to succeed in the workforce. Through smart investments like the provincial agreements announced today, we can strengthen our middle class and help more hard-working people to join. The new and amended agreements followed extensive consultation with more than 700 stakeholders on expanding and improving skills and jobs for Canadians. “I know that our greatest capital as a country is our people. Through investments such as today`s agreements with British Columbia, we are ensuring that our employees can continue to be competitive, resilient and responsive as jobs grow and our economy develops. If we give people the tools to succeed, our middle class will be stronger and our workers and their families will prosper. – Minister of Honour Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour Through these agreements, the government is providing Canadians with more opportunities to improve their skills, gain experience or get help to start their own businesses. Agreements also involve more support, such as employment counselling, to help Canadians plan their careers. I am sure other provinces/territories have signed agreements, but I have not yet seen any public announcements.