Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
GOVERNMENT OF NEW BRUNSWICK

GOVERNMENT OF NEW BRUNSWICK

July 06, 2009 12:35 ET

Forum of Labour Market Ministers Welcomes Advisory Panel Report on Labour Market Information

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 6, 2009) - As Co-Chairs of the Forum of Labour Market Ministers (FLMM), the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and the Honourable Donald Arseneault, Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour for New Brunswick, thanked the Advisory Panel on Labour Market Information for its report, Working Together to Build a Better Labour Market Information System for Canada.

"I would like to thank the Panel for its comprehensive report," said Minister Finley. "We all recognize that timely labour market information is a key tool to support economic recovery and growth. Stronger collaboration in this area will benefit all Canadians and supports the goals set out in the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan-helping Canadians prepare for, find and maintain jobs."

The Panel was appointed by the FLMM in July 2008 to provide recommendations on how labour market information (LMI) can be used to contribute to Canada's economic growth and efficiency and better respond to the needs of employers, workers and learners. The FLMM is supportive of the general direction of the report, and officials will be reviewing the recommendations to assess next steps.

"As Co-Chair of the FLMM, I recognize the importance of taking a co-operative approach to addressing the needs of our labour market. It is important that we thoroughly consider the report and determine how we can use this information to better address the needs of Canadians," said Minister Arsenault.

The Panel was chaired by Mr. Don Drummond, Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist for TD Financial Group, and included Ms. Elizabeth Beale, President and Chief Executive Officer, Atlantic Provinces Economic Council; Mr. Ken Kobly, President and Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Chamber of Commerce; Ms. Marjolaine Loiselle, President of the Commission des partenaires du marche du travail; and Dr. Rick Miner, President, Seneca College.

LMI refers to any data, information or analyses that can assist Canadians in making informed decisions or plans related to learning and training, job searches and career planning, recruitment and retention, public policy development and programming, and workforce investment strategies. Examples of LMI include information on employment, job vacancies and the availability of workers by region, occupation, industry and firm; the skills and education levels of workers and those required in the labour market; demographic and occupational characteristics and projections; and information on wages and compensation.

In developing its recommendations, the Panel consulted with more than 500 stakeholders across Canada.

The FLMM was created in 1983 as an intergovernmental forum established to strengthen co-operation and strategic thinking on the labour market priorities of the provinces, the territories and Canada.


BACKGROUNDER

Report by the Advisory Panel on Labour Market Information: Working Together to Build a Better Labour Market Information System for Canada

In July 2008, the Forum of Labour Market Ministers (FLMM) announced the creation of the Advisory Panel on Labour Market Information.

Good labour market information (LMI) helps ensure that the right policy and program decisions are made to help Canadians prepare for, find and maintain employment, as well as improve the economy's performance.

While governments play the largest role in the production of LMI, it is also generated by other entities such as sector councils, industry and professional associations, and organized labour.

In submitting its final report to the FLMM, the Panel has fulfilled its mandate.

Recommendations

The Panel's recommendations, summarized below, fall under seven key areas:

- Governance - Canada's LMI system is big and complex, with many providers and many more users. The FLMM should assume a leadership role and provide the broad strategic direction needed to manage and coordinate Canada's overall LMI system.

- Data collection - Statistics Canada should fill in the main gaps in the national LMI system and work with the provinces and territories to fill the gaps that are more specific to their circumstances.

- Data analysis and interpretation - Governments should improve LMI-related data analysis and interpretation to ensure that the information is relevant, targeted to different users, and easy to understand.

- Awareness - Once a better LMI system has been built, the FLMM, Statistics Canada and federal, provincial and territorial governments should work to ensure that Canadians are aware of the available LMI and its uses.

- Data dissemination - The FLMM, Statistics Canada and federal, provincial and territorial governments should improve the dissemination of LMI by making it more easily accessible, timely and user-friendly.

- Funding - Federal, provincial and territorial governments should contribute financially to the improvement of the LMI system, and Statistics Canada should provide national labour market statistics free of charge on its Web site.

- Implementation - The FLMM should produce a follow-up implementation report in one year that will address the status of each recommendation.

For more information on the Panel or to view the Panel's final report, visit www.lmi-imt.ca.

This news release and attached backgrounder are available in alternative formats on request.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    National Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559
    or
    New Brunswick Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour
    Marie-Josee Groulx
    Director of Communications
    506-444-3465