The Forum of Labour Market Ministers has established an Advisory Panel on Labour Market Information to provide advice on how best to improve the Canadian labour market information system.
Canada's system of Labour Market Information (LMI) serves the needs not only of governments, but also of individuals, business and institutions. Poor LMI can thwart good decision making, resulting in a misallocation between workers and jobs, thus undermining productivity, incomes and output growth. The complex challenges in today's labour market along with the continuing devolution of program responsibility to the provinces underscore the importance of reassessing and enhancing Canada's LMI.
Consultations are playing an important part in the work of the Panel. This report covers four roundtables held in each of the Atlantic provinces between December 1st and December 4th, 2008. In total, fifty participants including representatives from employers, government, labour, education, HR professionals and visible minorities attended the roundtables in Halifax, Saint John's, Moncton and Charlottetown. The roundtables were hosted and moderated by Panel member Elizabeth Beale, President and CEO of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC).
The roundtables provided an excellent picture of labour market challenges in Atlantic Canada, as the discussion covered topics such as the rapidly aging labour force; labour shortages and recruitment; the limited number of entry level positions for new graduates and the need to improve labour market outcomes through training. Participants explained how they use LMI to meet these challenges, identified a number of issues and gaps related to the LMI system and offered suggestions on what should be done. Together, the four provincial roundtables provided a comprehensive view of the labour market information needs of the Atlantic region, which will ensure the recommendations of the Advisory Panel on Labour Market Information are well informed by the LMI users in the region. A list of participants from each consultation is contained in Appendix B.
A copy of the final report of the Advisory Panel on Labour Market Information can be found at http://www.imt-lmi.ca/eng/pdf/final_report_pdf-eng.pdf